Friday, January 8, 2010


The Belmont Features RISING Gallery Artist, Benjamin Purvis, in “Backwater”

Dallas, January 20, 2010 The Belmont Hotel announces its next solo exhibition "Backwater" featuring RISING Gallery artist Benjamin Purvis. The opening reception is January 20, 2010, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The exhibition will run from January 20, 2010March 3, 2010.

Benjamin Brantley Purvis grew up in the small town of Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. Soon after receiving his BFA in the major of Illustration at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, he began painting in a style similar to that of Jackson Pollock. “This isn’t a style I studied, learned or emulated, but something I developed along the way,” Purvis explains.

Often painting in his outdoor studio at night under a blanket of stars, experimenting with hues, textures, oils and spirits, Purvis creates his signature pieces. The current series was created out of frustration with what he’d painted using his signature oils. Unsatisfied with what he had produced, Purvis threw the turpenoid used to thin his paints directly on the canvas. Later, while staring at the changed painting, he had a creative breakthrough. He picked up his palette knife and added sky and water to the piece. The resulting work became the first of a series, and the birth of a genre of abstract impressionism for which the emergent artist is increasingly recognized. In addition to employing his signature palette knife, Purvis’ process includes a unique combination of brush strokes and paint movement—flinging and flicking paint, along with a calculated spray of turpenoid on the canvas.

Belmont Hotel Dallas
901 Fort Worth Avenue
Dallas, TX 75208

(214) 393-2300
Reservations: 800-951-2997

RISING…a gallery is located at 4631 Insurance Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205…just off Knox between McKinney and 75. Hours are from 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, or by appointment. Please call 214.739634.6262.


Jamie Arendt, 214.634.6262 or

Bryan Wetz, 214.215.1771

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