PIKEVILLE, Ky. – American clergyman, social reformer and speaker, Henry Ward Beecher, once said, “The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” For University of Pikeville senior art student Lucas Oliveira, his mother’s artistic influence is unmistakable in his work. Oliveira’s senior show is currently featured in the Weber Art Gallery at the University of Pikeville.
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oliveira is the son of Fernando Cesar Moraes De Oliveira and Marcia Cardoso de Oliveira.
“My mother opened the door to imagination and knowledge for me. After travelling to Europe she became interested in many different styles of art. Everything she learned she passed to her sons,” said Oliveira. “Through the years she showed me different artistic styles such as the Renaissance period that continue to influence my art today.”
The senior art show meets part of the exit requirement for a graduating art major and is a reflection of the student’s development and interests. Oliveira’s show features a variety of two dimensional works, including oil and acrylic paint, ink, graphite and charcoal. Three dimensional works including plaster, plastic, copper, wood, stainless steel and paper are part of the show.
“I am also influenced by my religion and spirituality,” said Oliveira. “There are cultural elements that sometimes I don’t realized that influence me, such as the country we live.”
“Lucas is extremely creative and blends traditional and creative approaches in his work. He is fluid is his creative process so his work is constantly changing. His pieces may take many different turns in terms of scale, appearance and approach before it is complete,” said Petra Carroll, assistant professor of art. “Lucas is a generous student and often spends extra time in the studio to assist other student artists and critique their work.”
An artist’s reception will be Friday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. in the gallery. The art show will run through December 2. The community is cordially invited.
The University of Pikeville Weber Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Record Memorial Building. Gallery hours are: Monday 9 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-4 p.m.; and Friday 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information contact Kowalok at 218-5758 or Petra Carroll at 218-5759.