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Friday, May 01, 2009

Kermit Oliver

In 2005, I saw a retrospective of Kermit Oliver's work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I was privileged to meet the artist, who is kind, shy and gentle.

You can see more of his work here, his biographical information here, and his resume, here.

He grew up in Refugio, Texas, worked for many years in the post office in Waco. His work is classically inspired, with many biblical and mythological references, which he combines with a clear knowledge of ranch life. His father was a working cowboy, and he shows his deep reverence for all life, plant, animal and human, in his work. He builds many of his frames and they are extensions of the works.

He is represented by Hooks-Epstein Gallery in Houston, and designs scarves for Hermes.

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