The Richmond Register

January 19, 2013

EKU Giles Gallery to open art exhibit Tuesday by WWII vet from Richmond


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University’s Giles Gallery will host an art exhibit by Kentucky painter Deward Eades from Jan. 22 to Feb. 22 in the Lower Gallery.

Eades, born in Richmond in 1927, served in the Marine Corps during World War II, was a high school art teacher for 31 years and has been an artist for 66 years. He now resides in Louisville as a full-time painter and sculptor.

Eades’ technique includes mixing wax directly to pigment to create his ideal paint thickness. “Early in my career as a painter I discovered beeswax in tubes,” he explained. “By adding the wax directly into the pigment I was able to make the color as translucent or as opaque as I desired. I could apply the paint directly to the canvas with great success by using only a palette knife. This procedure has been followed in almost all of my oil paintings.”

Eades’ works address a wide variety of objects and moods, from satisfaction and delight to social awareness and human nature.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from EKU. Eades also has studied with Yasuo Kuniyoshi at New York City’s Art Student League, with Raoul Anguiano in Mexico City and with Milton Golstein and Lipman Wulf at Adelphi College in New York.

While teaching high school art, Eades was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to teach in London, England, and spent a sabbatical year in Madrid, Spain.

A joint reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Eades exhibit and the juried exhibition examining the “Crossroads” theme of this year’s Chautauqua series on display in the Upper Gallery Jan. 22-Feb. 22.

Gallery events are free and open to the public. Group tours are welcome. For gallery hours, call 622-8135.