Rashawn Penister, a senior art major at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff debuted a collection of works recently at the Leedell Moorehead-Graham Fine Arts Gallery in the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building at UAPB.
A native of Pine Bluff and a graduate of Watson Chapel High School, Penister received his associate degree in general studies from Southeast Arkansas College. His series of works range from paintings, drawings, photographs and prints.
“Rashawn is an exceptional young artist who paints with feeling, delivery and ambition,” said UAPB Art Professor Danny Campbell. “His works speak to us about the feeling and expression of portraiture.”
His influences are derived from master artists such as: Andy Warhol, Chuck Close and Fauve artist, Henri Matisse. His bright, bold and impasto use of colors seem to vibrate and stimulate the viewer and make them come closer to the canvas.
Penister’s compositions are about people he admires. At UAPB, he served as president of the John Howard-Hale Woodruff Art Guild, a member of Kappa Delta Pi, won Best of Show at the 2012 Student Juried Show and recently received an Honorable Mention Award at the Hot Springs Regional Art Competition.
He plans to obtain a MFA degree in painting and drawing soon. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run until May 24.