East Bank Gallery presents:
A dual art show featuring the talents of Whitney Tates
and Hillary Frazier.
Whitney was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. She graduated Centenary College of Louisiana in 2013 with a BA in Studio Art. After receiving her degree, she has since spent her time exploring the locations and people of Shreveport. Whitney’s work explores the relationship between humanity, nature, and The Self.
My art is exploratory and experimental. While there may be a common thread between each piece, there is no concrete theme other than: “What if?” Each piece is another endeavor for me to process and understand universally encountered emotions and experiences. I spend a lot of time studying people and the way they process feeling. Then I ask, what would it look like if this feeling manifested itself on the outside in ways other than the familiar frown or raised eyebrow? I like to think that I’m bringing to life imagery that exists in a different dimension. One that we all have the potential to see yet may lack the desire to do so.
My goal is to use the subjects I paint to help people tap into that potential and see ourselves in a different light. Experimenting with surrealist imagery, I combine intangible feelings with a disciplined application style born from portrait work. Together, they form an intriguing in-congruence that reflects how people often are unexpectedly peculiar when you peel back their public layers.
Hillary Frazier is an award-winning artist that specializes in traditional illustration, hand-drawn typography, and bouts of work-induced insomnia. Frazier graduated in May 2013, from Centenary College of Louisiana with double-Bachelors in Studio Arts and communications (with an emphasis in film). She is currently working on acquiring her Masters of Art at Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
Hillary’s influences include artists such as Alphonse Mucha, Fiona Staples, Skottie Young, and Jamie Hewlett. Many of her works starts off as an organic sketch and turn into a reflection of her stream of consciousness. In many works, she depicts women who often appear empowered but who also display subtle vulnerability, displaying the thin line between the two dynamics within the spectrum of femininity.