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James Havard: Talking in Color

Through Sunday, May 27

Art Parkway District

PAFA alumnus James Havard (Cert. '67, b. 1937) has been making paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures for over five decades. Over the course of his career Havard has moved through various pictorial languages; ranging from realism, trompe l’œil “abstract illusionism," and mixed media collage to his current figurative work. His exuberant, expressive, process-driven paintings are spirited and deceptively simple.

In Talking in Color, a selection of Havard's current figurative works celebrate his recent return to Philadelphia after several decades spent living in New Mexico. While Havard often uses traditional, earth tones, he includes—in his words "fun colors"—such as Dianthus pink. His choices are intuitively-driven and direct, delivering playful and mysterious open-ended narratives.


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The Water Works behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Erin DiSerafino.