Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 16, 2005) - John Brown University’s fall Art Gallery display kicks off with the works of Mr. David R. Andrus, professor of art and design at JBU. Andrus’s giclée (pronounced zhee-klay) works, inspired by European and American travel posters from the early to mid-20thcentury, will be on display Wednesday, Aug. 24 through Friday, Sept. 30. The gallery is free and open to the public. Regular art gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
An opening reception with Andrus is Tuesday, August 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Gallery lobby. The public is welcome to attend.
Giclée (zhee-klay), the French word “giclée” means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The giclée process utilizes a very high-quality ink jet printer. The seven ink colors used in Andrus’ works and are considered archival and have preliminary “lightfastness” ratings up to 100 years. The quality of the giclée print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes that is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.
Each work is drawn by hand using a digital pen and Adobe Illustrator software on a Macintosh computer. The images do not use photography except for visual reference. Inspiration is behind each giclée.
“First is a love for God’s creation and beauty of the natural world. Even the images of the Italian villages are really interesting because of the light of the sun on the Tuscan stone,” Andrus said.
“Secondly, I have been artistically inspired most by the European and American travel posters of the early to mid-20th century. Most of these original posters were created for the railroad industry in an effort to encourage the love of travel,” Andrus added.
For more information on this display or for information on JBU’s art department, visit http://art.jbu.edu. Visitor parking is available in the parking lot just northeast of the Art Building.
John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.