Melinda Camber Porter explains, “The Triptych Series is twenty-seven large oils on canvas exploring the triptych form as both altarpiece and sculptural shape.”
Walter Wickiser, gallery owner states, “As an artist, Melinda Camber Porter’s use of line and form is completely original as ‘figurative abstraction’ and her extraordinary use of color, she pursued her own ‘cosmology.’
Peter Trippi, Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, “compares Melinda Camber Porter’s own ‘cosmology’ to that of Michelangelo, whose conflation of the spiritual and the material, the chaste and the sensual, horrified and aroused his contemporaries even as it communicated his highly personal understanding of God, man and their interrelationship.”
Melinda Camber Porter’s Triptych Series will on exhibition at the John A. Day Gallery at the University of South Dakota from September 19 to October 14, 2016.
The Melinda Camber Porter Archive of Creative Works comprises two series of books. Volume 1 is a collection of journalism books. Volume 2 is a collection of art and literature books.
Melinda Camber Porter passed away of ovarian cancer in 2008 and left a significant body of work in art, media, and literature.
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About the Author
Her novel Badlands, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, was set on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and acclaimed by Louis Malle, who said: "better than a novel, it reads like a fierce poem, with a devastating effect on our self-esteem," and by Publishers Weekly, which called it, "a novel of startling, dreamlike lyricism."
A traveling USA art exhibition celebrating Camber Porter's paintings (1993-1997), curated by the late Leo Castelli.
Peter Trippi, Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine said: "In our era of slickly produced images, teeming with messages rather than feelings, Camber Porter's art strikes a distinctive balance between the achingly personal and the aesthetically beautiful. This equilibrium has developed, at least in part, through her discerning openness to a range of historical mentors, William Blake being the figure she has admired most passionately," and "not surprisingly Camber Porter finds particular pleasure in Gauguin's notebooks, which erase the boundaries between image and word."
Camber Porter's paintings have also served as the primary inspiration and as backdrops for her musical theatrical works: Night Angel, with music by Carman Moore, and Journey to Benares, with music, by Elizabeth Swados.
Robin Hamlyn, noted world expert on William Blake and senior curator of Tate Britain's Blake and Turner collections, delivered a lecture and wrote a book on Ms. Porter's watercolors entitled, William Blake Illuminates the Works of Melinda Camber Porter. Mr. Hamlyn writes about Ms. Porter, "I believe that all great art is, in its essence, defined by fearlessness. Both Melinda Camber Porter's and William Blake's works exemplify and illuminate the fearlessness that is part of the very essence of all great art."
Melinda Camber Porter Archive of Creative Works documents the prolific and creative legacy of Camber Porter in volumes of art and literature.
Walter Wickiser is a long time established New York art gallery owner and musician.
Table of ContentsTable of Contents
Index of Paintings
Foreword by Walter Wickiser
Introduction by Melinda Camber Porter
Excerpted samples of text found on Triptych Series No. 4
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Published Works of
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