Kristen and I have been tirelessly working on paintings this last few months for our first art show together! I like painting automobiles and she uses horses as her main subject so we decided to dub the show, “Horsepower.” The show is currently hanging at Firehouse Art Center in Norman and will stay up until October 19th. Feel free to visit the show any time during regular hours, or join us for a closing event on October 19th.
“NORMAN, OK – In their first exhibition together, husband and wife duo Kristen Vails and Dusty Gilpin bring “Horsepower” to the Firehouse Art Center. Horsepower is on display fromSeptember 14, 2018 to October 20, 2018, with a reception on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 6 to 9 PM. The exhibition juxtaposes images of horses and automobiles, rendered in the unique and contrasting styles of Vails, who explores painterly brushstrokes and the use of symbolism, and Gilpin, whose mixed artistic background is evident through photo-realistic renderings and street-style spray paint.
With the horse an established subject for Vails, her latest works weave an element of iconography into layers of acrylic and latex. Her imagery of horses fades in and out, creating a sense of emotion, impermanence, and mystery. A third-generation commercial artist, Gilpin honors the power of the automobile and its impact on design and aesthetic with his new works. He explores multiple mediums including spray paint, acrylic, and enamel as a nod to his experience as a mural artist, sign painter, and car enthusiast. The Firehouse Art Center is funded in part by select grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Arts Council, Allied Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Norman, as well as corporate sponsorships from Republic Bank & Trust and Fowler Automotive. The FAC’s programming would not be possible without the support of individual donors and members.”