Fred Simon Gallery
Burlington Place at 1004 Farnam St.
Opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Free
Painter Ed Forde is the current artist featured by the Nebraska Arts Council in its Fred Simon Gallery in Omaha. Forde, a professor of art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializes in a cross section of city and rural culture. “My work has been described as western imagery engulfed by urban graffiti. I strive to find a new art vocabulary for the contemporary western world in the 21st century,” Forde says in his artist statement.
This exhibit, which continues through Dec. 2, concentrates on the power and action of bull riding which along with cattle in general he says are seldom depicted in western genre painting. A cattle rancher himself, Forde is “impressed with the majesty of these animals every day…I try to exploit dramatic color and gestures of bulls and bull riders, to capture the emotions of the spectacle.”
--Michael J. Krainak