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New Exhibition of Works by Meadows Art Professor Barnaby Fitzgerald Now Open at Valley House Gallery in Dallas

Exhibit features approximately 60 paintings and drawings by the artist and will be on view through September 29

A new exhibition of works by Meadows art professor Barnaby Fitzgerald has opened at the Valley House Gallery, 6616 Spring Valley Road in Dallas.

“Barnaby Fitzgerald: Interdictions and Extuitions,” featuring approximately 60 paintings and drawings by the artist, will be on view through September 29.

In the five years since his last exhibition at Valley House, Fitzgerald says he has given himself permission to spend extravagant amounts of time to develop the works in this show. “Even in my case, the choice to nurse and watch over work much longer than is my custom has allowed me to develop each image individually, as if no other image could exist,” he says. “Only habits of touch unite this body of work otherwise as disparate as a mind ought to strive to be.”

“Interdictions and Extuitions” is Fitzgerald’s seventh solo exhibition at Valley House. Fitzgerald, who has taught at SMU since 1984, spent his childhood in Italy before receiving a Magistero degree in printmaking at the Istituto Statale D’Arte in Urbino. He received a B.F.A. at Boston University and an M.F.A. from Yale University.

Among the works in the exhibit is one with an unusual backstory, “Eve.” When SMU history professor Bonnie Wheeler asked Fitzgerald to describe 15th-century painting techniques in Spain for her medieval studies class in 2008, he thoroughly researched the process and consulted with Claire Barry, director of conservation at the Kimbell Art Museum. For the next six months, he painstakingly created the painting “Eve” using egg tempera on a wood panel, then filmed and edited the process to compress six months of painting into an hour-long film. The resulting preparatory drawing and painting are on view in the exhibit.

The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, visit www.valleyhouse.com.

Read “The Music of Tempera: An Appreciation of the Art of Barnaby Fitzgerald,” an essay by Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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