Crime Scene by Juie Rattley III
The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that works by North Carolina artist Juie Rattley III will be on exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery from November 1-30.
In New Faces and Places, Rattley presents oil paintings of portraits and landscapes in the tradition of Lucian Freud, Nicolai Fechin, and John Singer Sargent. The exhibition is the artist’s first in South Carolina and will showcase up to 20 works, all of which are inspired by his life.
“I view my work as a tool to create a visual document to freeze time,” Juie explains. “When I am caught in the moment of painting, I use my hands and my paint as a record of my life.” This concept is particularly evident in his series of self-portraits. Hatched from the pain of losing his best friend, Curtis DeAngelo “DD” Lennon, during an apparent home invasion in 2007, Rattley believes the portraits have become his way of coping. “I have always felt that if I created paintings about my life, I would stay true to myself as a painter and would always have something to paint about,” he says.
Rattley was born in Lumberton, NC, and raised in a small community outside of Whiteville, NC. He received a BFA at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was awarded the Adelaide Fortune Holderness Fellowship and the Maud Gatewood Painting Scholarship. He has exhibited in venues throughout North Carolina and teaches in Guilford County Schools as part of an outreach program sponsored by the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art. He currently resides in Kernersville, NC. For more information about the artist, visit juierattley3rd.carbonmade.com.
The North Charleston City Gallery is located in the Charleston Area Convention Center with free parking and admission during regular Convention Center operating hours 9 a.m. -5 p.m., daily. The Gallery is staffed on Friday, Saturday, and Monday only. Inquiries regarding artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural ArtsDepartment at (843) 740-5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Cultural Arts section of the City’s website at www.northcharleston.org.