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Jack Balas, Common Ground: Paintings For America

Nov 13, 2020 - Jan 9, 2021

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This November the William Havu Gallery presents, JACK BALAS, COMMON GROUND : PAINTINGS FOR AMERICA. Showing concurrently on the main floor will be two large-scale mirror-polished, stainless steel sculptures by Roger Reutimann and on the mezzanine we will introduce Portland, OR painter, Michael T. Henlsey.


Jack Balas is an artist originally based in Chicago and Los Angeles, who divides his time between painting, drawing and photography, cross referenced at times with writing and other media . A recipient in 1995 of an Individual Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts, he is represented in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), the Denver Art Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Iowa), the Kent & Vicki Logan Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, and the Usminas Cultural Institute (Usicultura), Ipatinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil, among others. A portfolio of his paintings "Today I Drove Along the Rio Grande" was published in issue #120 of The Paris Review (New York). His 2008 museum solo project "We'll Be Seeing You" appeared at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. In 2014-2016 he exhibited work in a group show sponsored by the US State Department's Art in Embassies Program, at the United States Embassy in Vienna, Austria. In 2017 his large solo show "Maine And Again" appeared at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, Maine.