MK Hargrove

January 17th – February 22nd

Opening Reception January 18th 2:00 – 5:00 PM

1214 W. 6th St. Suite 105
Austin, TX 78703

ART ENDS AT THE CLOSED MIND

When I was a little girl growing up in Louisiana, my aunt remarked, “Why that Marilyn, her head is always in the clouds.” She had no idea how prophetic her words would turn out to be! In meditation many years later as I was searching for purpose in my life, I asked the question “What am I supposed to be doing?” Miraculously in my mind, I saw the letters P-A-I-N-T. That very day I bought paint and canvases and began studying painting. 

Years later when I found my voice as an artist, my head was once again in the clouds. I painted the hot fiery skies of New Mexico, the tranquil skies of Indiana, the pink skies of Paris and the rainy skies of Panama. My memory and imagination of these and all the skies I have studied over the years is what I then brought to the canvas.

There came a time, though, when these skyscapes no longer fed my soul. I felt my work leading me into intriguing places and I was compelled to follow. That journey has culminated in the work I now create. I call it Intuitive Fluidity or Float painting. 

Now I go into my studio in Austin, Texas, with no preconceived idea of outcome. I use whatever mediums I have to satisfy what pops into my head. I allow the paint to float across the surface as I use gravity and instinct to guide it. I do this layer upon layer until I have, what I feel is, a thing of beauty. 

My hope is that my work will inspire you to linger before the paintings, noticing the beauty of the colors, the light, the textures, until images appear in your own mind’s eye which will be different for each person. Perhaps you will discuss what you are experiencing with a friend or just hold it for yourself. If you take with you an image that feels new and fresh, I have done my job. 

“The day came when I spread my arms wide and let myself in, loving every aspect of me.
Then that great love and I went out to play with the universe and we came to understand that we are all one.” 

“When you view art as well as when you experience life, I encourage you to stay open. Art enriches life! Never let your art stop!” 

MK Hargrove, painter


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