Lucinda Howe: Carolina In Color

April - December 2017 / South Carolina Department of Commerce

Exhibition Text

Fauvism emerged as the avant-garde in France around the turn of the Twentieth Century. Pioneered by Henri Matisse, the movement utilized bright, vivid color and expressive brush strokes to convey the painter’s emotional response to his or her subject. Derived from the work of Post-Impressionists like Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne, Fauvism distinguished itself by disconnecting color from its descriptive purpose and allowed it to stand alone as an element in a work of art.

Lucinda Howe is a contemporary artist living and working in South Carolina. Drawing on the Fauvist movement, Howe employs techniques found in the work of Matisse and André Derain. Using nonrepresentational color and bold, shapely brushstrokes adds a sense of drama in Howe’s otherwise serene scenes.

South Carolina is distinguished by its unique terrain, boasting mountainous woodlands, rivers, lakes, marshes, and beaches. Carolina in Color will feature Howe’s interpretation of South Carolina’s distinct and diverse ecology. She explores various regional landscapes through plain air paintings that excite the eye and soothe the spirit. Maintaining the Fauvist tradition, Howe’s dramatic use of color and shape allow her paintings to exude emotion. Her approach allows viewers to better understand the essence of the site than through a photographic lens.

The paintings in this exhibit eloquently portray the Palmetto State’s rural countryside, rivers, streams, marshes, and abundant flora, collectively embodying the spirit of our great state.


Lucinda Howe: Carolina In Color Exhibition Packet

Exhibiting Artist: Lucinda Howe

South Carolina Department of Commerce