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“Sublime Surrealism”

Featured at Houghton House this month are the works of Kevin Wixted, a painter whose use of Medieval- and Renaissance- inspired geometric patterns has captured the attention of art critics and connoisseurs alike. An opening reception for “Seasons” will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26; the show will be on display through Tuesday, March 24.

An associate professor of painting in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, Wixted’s work has been featured in a plethora of solo and group exhibitions, including those at Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York; Alpha Gallery, Boston; Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta; David Beitzel Gallery, New York; R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego; Patricia Shea Gallery, Santa Monica; Smallworks Gallery, Las Vegas; Gallery au 9, Casablanca, Morocco; and, recently, The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, N.Y.

Wixted’s broad range of influences includes both the duomos and frescos of Medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as Modernist visual inventions, which can be seen in his geometric patterns, colors, and use of space.

“Part of what makes [Wixted’s works] so compelling is the way they keep you trying to figure out just how taut combinations of stripes, checks, and harlequin-lozenges are made to read as vivid evocations of architecture, at the same time that they flirt with the legacy of Cubist still life during its phase of wild embellishment,” said Karen Wilkin of The Hudson Review .

“Take another, more sustained look at these paintings and something else emerges […] That quality might best be described as a sublime surrealism bordering on the realm of dreams,” said Joseph Walentini of Abstract Art Online.

Art in America’s David Ebony has said of Wixted that “Besides his consistently strong melding of image and technique, Wixted succeeds on a number of levels in this show. Through the filter of a unique contemporary vision, his art-historical referents reemerge in each painting as something altogether fresh and vivid.”

Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to visit Houghton House and enjoy the show.