"Head Out: Paintings by John Hampshire"

McDaniel College's Department of Art and Art History presents “Head Out: Paintings by John Hampshire,” through February 20 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. 

Called “a virtuoso with a brush” by the New York Times, Hampshire is known for his oversized canvases.  "In my drawings I start with a large, gestural, linear mark that divides the picture plane into smaller areas," Hampshire notes.  He starts with "large gestural marks with almost arbitrary colors right out of the jar and as the process evolves I hone in on more specific information.  It is important…that the processes and their various strata are apparent in some way, maybe like showing your work in math homework- it’s not the answer that’s important but the process,” he states.

Hampshire's current work is influenced by his observations of the swirling fury of tornadoes.  “I ruminate about the weatherscapes I make and the power of nature.”

Hampshire received his BS from Skidmore College and his MFA from SUNY Albany.  Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at SUNY Adirondack, where he has been teaching since 2005.   His work has been featured in galleries throughout the United States, including Hunter Gallery in Newport, RI, Walsh Gallery at Georgetown University in Arlington, VA, Fulton Street Gallery in Troy, NY, Phoenix Gallery in New York City, Pierce Art Gallery at West Virginia University in Montgomery, WV, and many others.

The Rice Gallery is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm.  The exhibit is are free and open to the public.  For more information about the artist, please visit  For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595. 

Requests for interpreters are welcome and can be made up to one week prior to the event by contacting interpreting Other accommodation requests can be directed to Conference Services at 410-857-2212.

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Peterson Hall, The Rice Gallery

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