Rountree Gallery's Artist of the Month

Hendrica Regez, Artist of the Month

Throughout the month of February, Rountree Gallery’s Artist of the Month display at Clare Bank in Platteville will be featuring the artwork collection of Hendrica Regez of Galena, Illinois.

Hendrica Regez is a versatile artist who paints with acrylics and also creates wearable art as well as art from recycled materials. Drawing on her experiences as a mother, engineer and environmentalist, she incorporates into her work a variety of theoretical ideas. Her paintings are inspired by the patterns found in Nature, and she is drawn to strong, simple shapes set off against vibrant colors. This creates artworks with a  startling contrast that makes one pause and focus on what is essential. In her latest work, she is experimenting with using quilt and ‘tangle’ patterns producing works that are a fusion of artistic skills, pioneer roots and mathematical concepts.

Hendrica , aka 'Rica', grew up in a small village in Germany, and early on became absorbed by the patterns all around us: the shapes, colors and cycles, that are repeated in all aspects of life and are universally understood. Taught about materials and tools by her father, an artist working as an architect and her grandmother, a seamstress, she developed a deep appreciation and understanding of artisan labor and craftsmanship. Further study and experimentation led her to develop her own acrylic technique as a vehicle for exploring the patterns of Nature.

Her nontraditional use of acrylics combines the spontaneity of watercolors with the texture of impasto. It creates three-dimensional layers of color with varying degrees of opacity and translucency. Her style is uniquely her own, and builds on her studies of symbols and modern art movements. She has invented her own iconographic language to communicate concepts and emotions.“I always wanted to paint to express my wonder at the shapes and patterns that can evoke such strong responses in us. There is such beauty in Nature, and at the same time, Nature always has a darker side. In my paintings I represent that with the tension between the colors and shapes,” says Hendrica.

  

The unique combination of elements Hendrica Regez brings to her work – artistic certainly “speaks for itself”, when seen in the context of the artist’s background, ideas, and, personal and professional – gives her the credibility of an original. While each individual piece of hers singular technique, it clearly gains a degree of vitality and significance that indicates the true measure of her work.

Hendrica invites you to see a sampling of her artwork at Rountree Gallery’s Artist of the Month display at Clare Bank, located at 345 West Pine Street, Platteville.