The Attendant

by - March 11, 2014

The Attendant
Friday, March 14, 6-8pm
David Lusk Gallery
4540 Poplar Avenue

Artist Hamlett Dobbins returns to David Lusk Gallery for his fourth solo exhibition, The Attendant. The works in this exhibition, on either canvas or paper, were created during Dobbins’ fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. 

As a child Dobbins used Legos to recreate moments in home videos or television programs that struck an emotional chord with him. The process allowed him to connect with a powerful sensation in a tangible manner and to discover truths behind the initially indescribable feeling. Today, in his painting practice, Dobbins strives to connect with the raw, abstract emotions he experiences in interpersonal relationships.

“I use painting to focus on an experience and to wrap myself in the moment. By building the experience with paint I begin to understand what about the moment moved me to paint in the first place.”

The result is nothing short of an explosion of color, shape and form. Frequently in his paintings there is a concentrated intensity of one shape or color that develops alongside a richly textured background. Dobbins’ work provides the viewer with the same jolt of energy one feels when experiencing something indefinable.

The exhibition’s title, The Attendant, was brought on by a change in studio practice. In Rome, relaxed and removed from his Memphis life, Dobbins is able to paint in long stretches of time. He compares his current studio regimen to tending a garden or a home, “I go into the studio, I see what needs to be done, and I attend to it.”

Hamlett Dobbins received his BA in painting from University of Memphis and his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. The artist was awarded the Rome Prize in 2013 and is currently fulfilling the fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, Italy through September 2014.

David Lusk Gallery is located in the Laurelwood Center between Perkins Extended and Grove Park. The Gallery is open Tue-Fri 10-5:30 and Sat 11-4. For more information or visuals, contact Brittney Shedden at 901-767-3800 or

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