CSCC hosts ‘Symbols and Visions,’ a monumental oil painting exhibit

The Pryor Art Gallery at Columbia State Columbia College is set to host a series of monumental oil paintings by celebrated artist Greg Decker.

The exhibition, titled “Symbols and Visions,” will be on display Jan. 10 through Feb. 21 in the Hickman Building located at the college system’s Columbia campus.

The artist’s large scale paintings reflect his interest in European and African cultures, a unique background which reflects the artist’s own life experiences.

“I was raised in Congo (Belgian Congo/Africa) and that still shows through in my work,” Decker says on his website. “The light, the sounds, the sense of Africa are my first memories. The streams in the landscape, the patterning of fabric, the color and light. It still permeates my work.”

Some of his most recent works depict a series of figures, captured in motion, surrounded in colors and textures that that pay tribute to the the artistic traditions of the African continent.

A self-described symbolist painter, Decker now spends his time living in rural Tennessee.

He has recently shown his works at the Las Cruces Museum of Art in New Mexico, the New York Academy of Art, the Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina and multiple spaces in Nashville.

“Greg Decker is a visionary painter,” Julyan Davis, an Asheville-based artist and collector, said. “His work epitomizes the passion that comes from a deep love of art, poetry and music. His paintings show how art is both the consolation for, and the voice of, a lifetime’s experience.”

Decker teaches classes in oil painting in Nashville and hosts traveling classrooms in the Mediterranean.

At 4 p.m. on Jan. 26, an artist’s discussion and demonstration will be given at the gallery.

Pryor Art Gallery’s mission is to provide innovative, exciting and engaging visual art exhibits and programs to Columbia State students, faculty, as well as the community and surrounding areas.

The gallery is in its second decade of offering multidisciplinary and interactive exhibits curated for the interests of wide audiences.

Located at 1665 Hampshire Pike in Columbia, the gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on the space, visit www.columbiastate.edu/PryorGallery.

Learn more about Greg Decker at www.greg-decker.space/.

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