Pastel Portraits by Troy Wingard

Wed. 10/17/2012 - Fri. 11/23/2012
Opening Reception / Slide Lecture with Troy Wingard
Wed. 10/17/2012 @ 7 pm


Troy Wingard lives and works in Sterling, Virginia; just outside of Washington, DC. He received his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1992, and his MFA from the University of Georgia in 2005. Over the past ten years his mixed media Pastel portraits have received numerous awards throughout the Southeast United States, both in solo and group exhibitions. His figurative work addresses the spiritual aspects of visual art and its depiction within the context of the modern individual. These strikingly rendered realistic and symbolic compositions of people are meant to capture subtle and quiet moments of internal reflection.

"I use chalk, paper, and gold leaf to carefully construct a likeness of my subject, reinforcing the uniqueness of each individual. There is a preciousness to each work as I find myself incorporating Victorian wooden shelves into the compositions. These knick-knack shelves offer a devotional space which is physically able to support items, both precious and nostalgic. These shelves, with gold leaf application, serve as personal gilded altarpieces which honor the experience and identity of each of my subjects."

"Since the work is figurative and at least life size, it creates an immediate relationship with the viewer. It is that connection that I am trying to capture. Our relationships with each other are born out of these subtle glances and views. This is what I am trying to capture."

Troy Wingard