Erika Duque: In Awe

Exhibition October 23 - November 16, 2019

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Fort Works Art is pleased to present In Awe, a solo exhibition featuring artist Erika Duque in our upstairs gallery space. The exhibition will run from October 23 through November 16, 2019, with an artist reception on Thursday, October 24th. ‘In Awe’  is Duque’s debut solo exhibition with the gallery and will feature over 15 acrylic on panel paintings, many of which were created during the artist’s short term residency at Fort Works Art.

Focusing heavily on nature, Erika Duque’s paintings depict lush scenes of tempestuous skies, wild forests, and turbulent landscapes that create both contemplative and tranquil atmospheres. Duque balances between loose and distinct brushwork, striking color palettes, and opposing climates to immerse her viewers into her own personal experiences when meditating in nature.

Born in Flushing Queens, New York, Duque was immersed in an environment saturated with culture and art that introduced her to early influences ranging from the Hudson River School painters to David Hockney. Being a first-generation Colombian child, she was especially shaped by her family’s culture and values. Many landscapes Duque has painted were images taken from trips she went on with her family, and she attempts to paint the emotional experiences of her trips rather than a mere copy of her photographs. Duque states that "nature has a way of creating a state of profound absorption that can be experienced in both grand and intimate moments. These moments of awe can only happen while being present in the landscape. Through painting I try to represent and recreate the sensation and amazement I felt from being in nature.”

Erika Duque is a landscape and nature based painter and educator who lives and works in Fort Worth, TX. She is originally from Flushing, Queens, NY. Duque received her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA in painting at Texas Christian University. She has been featured in over thirty solo and group shows combined, throughout Dallas Fort Worth. In 2017, Duque was nominated by Ro2 Gallery for Rising Star Fundraiser at the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts. She has lead workshops at museums such as The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and The Sid Richardson Museum. Duque was selected for New American Paintings 2018 issue #138 by juror Alison Hearst, Associate Curator at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Erika Duque is currently represented by Fort Works Art Gallery in Fort Worth, TX.