Melvin Gallery Presents Exhibition By American Master Robert Vickrey

Aug 18, 2015

by Staff

One of the 20th century’s most important American artists, Robert Vickrey, will be featured in a special retrospective exhibition of his works at the Melvin Gallery at Florida Southern College. 

The exhibition, “Robert Vickrey: Master of Magic Realism,” is curated exclusively for Florida Southern College by J. William Meek, owner and director emeritus of the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples. It features 52 works by Vickrey, a leading figure in the “magic realism” school that emerged in the 1940s and 1950s. He is perhaps best known to Americans for dozens of covers, mostly portraits, commissioned by Time magazine.

The exhibition begins with a reception at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 and continues through Nov. 4. Mr. Meek, who knew Vickrey, will conduct a walking lecture of the exhibition at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Robert R. Vickrey (1926-2011) studied at Yale University and enjoyed a successful and critically acclaimed six-decade career. In his spellbinding works – rendered through the Renaissance technique of egg tempera painting he is credited with reviving – Vickrey portrayed familiar scenes in a highly realistic style that includes elements of symbolism, fantasy and dreams. Recurring motifs appear in his works, including shadows, balloons, graffiti and nuns.

“His paintings evoke from the viewer memories, psychological tension, and wonder or dread, said Dr. H. Alexander Rich, director of the Melvin Gallery. “There has been a surge of interest in Vickrey in recent years. We are very pleased to present this exhibition, and we hope it will indeed prove to be a magic experience for our visitors.”

The Melvin Gallery is located adjacent to Branscomb Auditorium on the FSC campus. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and there is no admission charge. For more information, call 863-680-4743.