July 28, 2009 at 11:48 pm (Art, Art Event, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, Gallery Opening, Graphic Design, Illustration, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (AIFL, Art, Art Event, art gallery, art institute, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, art school, art show, artist event, digital, digital art, fine art, Gallery Opening, graphite, ink, jim radford, jon hunt, local artist, mark k wheeler gallery, oil, recent works, sculpture, watercolor)
This evening heralded the opening of the much overdue and deserved gallery exhibit for two of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s most respected and talented faculty, Jon Hunt and Jim Radford.
The two masters are displaying their recent works in various media including oil, watercolor, ink, graphite, digital, and sculpture. This show does not disappoint. Though the two have very different styles, the pieces illustrate each artist’s strengths and talents in a cohesive and awe inspiring way.
Jon Hunt concentrates more on digital media, producing art for image comics, book illustrations, and collectible card games. Jim Radford has a more traditional style reminiscent of some of the great portraiture artists of the past.
During my time at AIFL I had the privilege of being under Jim Radford’s tutelage for a short time. He retired in 2006 after 28 years at the college. I will never forget that we described him as the Bob Ross of anatomy to those not in his classes. He would utter things like “Happy little occipital protuberance” while whipping out an image of a human back and head with such ease it would make an anthropologist jealous.
These two artists are amazing in their craft. If you have a chance to visit the Mark K. Wheeler Gallery at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale I would highly recommend it. The exhibit is up through August 31.