Local Artist Exhibits Figure Paintings in the Cook Library Art Gallery
Paintings by Hattiesburg based artist, James Kyle McCrory, are currently on display in the Cook Library Art Gallery from March 20 through the end of the spring semester. The public is invited to attend a reception with the artist on April 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the gallery.
McCrory graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2013 and proceeded to pursue work in Chicago before relocating back to Mississippi. He has a studio in downtown Hattiesburg and currently works with the Hattiesburg Downtown Association of the Fine Arts.
McCrory uses oil on canvas to create his figure paintings. “The human body as a landscape has always had a profound impact on man’s imagination. Throughout art history the human body has proven to be more than just an object to replicate; it is an ideal to aspire towards. In the modern age the depiction of the human form has become far more impactful when focusing on a psychological response rather than a solely literal representation of the anatomical figure. It is due to this that my work rarely strays away from the human form,” says McCrory of his work.