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Brown Bag Lunch with artist Francis X. Pavy

Francis X. Pavy (b. Lafayette, LA, 1954),  Vengolden , 2013, Oil and block prints on canvas, courtesy of Arthur Roger Gallery.

Francis X. Pavy (b. Lafayette, LA, 1954), Vengolden, 2013, Oil and block prints on canvas, courtesy of Arthur Roger Gallery.

The LSU Museum of Art will host a brown bag lunch with artist Francis X. Pavy on November 2, 2016 from 12 – 1 p.m. Pavy, a Lafayette native, will discuss his series inspired by the Louisiana landscape and some the printing blocks he uses to create his signature imagery. Pavy will describe his process which combines layers of brush painting, spray painting, stenciling, linocut printing, and other techniques. After the talk on the third floor, guests can visit the museum to see Pavy’s Vengolden, currently on loan from Arthur Roger Gallery, on display as part of the exhibition, “Total Immersion: Water and the Louisiana Landscape,” in the Louisiana Machinery gallery. 

Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Pavy’s discussion is free to attend; museum admission is $5 for nonmembers and free for members. 

About Francis X. Pavy

A lifelong resident of Louisiana, Francis X. Pavy was born in Lafayette on March 2, 1954. As a child, Francis studied art under the direction of Elemore Morgan Jr. When he was 12, Pavy was an avid photographer and set up a darkroom in the attic of his parent’s house. In college he studied music, ceramics, animation, painting, printmaking and sculpture, graduating in 1976 with a Fine Arts degree in Sculpture. In 1977, Pavy started working in a glass shop, making leaded and beveled glass windows. In 1982 he opened his own glass studio.

Pavy says of his time working with glass, “Designing glass had a great impact upon my later painting style. The linear quality of leaded glass design, dealing with flat planes of color, and the simulation of transmitted light were important elements I had in my vision when I again approached painting.” He adopted painting as his primary medium in 1985.

Since then, Pavy’s work has been well received regionally, nationally and internationally with one-man exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Aspen, New Orleans as well as France and Switzerland. Pavy has also participated in many notable group shows such as “Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century” (traveling from the United States to Indonesia and the Middle East), “Elvis and Marilyn: 2 Times Immortal” (traveling from the United States to Japan), “Southern Narrative Painting” (Southeast U.S.) and “Invites: Peintres Louisianais” (Paris, France).

Eric Bookhart of Art Papers writes about Pavy’s work, “Pavy uses patterning and figurative distortions to achieve mind-bending effects. With his deeply luminous tonalities, the end result is like an unhinged formalism with a beautiful palette.”

In the New Orleans Art Review, Calvin Harland writes, “He, in my opinion, is already a rare artist to come out of the Cajun world: meaning he is one of the very few artists of a similar Cajun heritage to have made in-depth use of his native source material.”

Major corporations such as Brown-Ferguson Corporation, Premier, Bancorp, BMG Music, Capitol Records and Rounder Records have collected Pavy’s work in addition to many museums and individual collectors. Notable museums and individual collectors include: The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Morris Museum of Art, Ron Howard, Lorne Michael, Paul Simon, Walker Percy, Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia, Antoine de Caunes, Philippe Djain and Steve Cropper.

Pavy’s work has been published in a variety of catalogs, books and magazine articles. Among them are: Elvis & Marilyn: 2 Times Immortal (US & Japanese Editions), The South: A Treasury of Art and Literature; Francis X. Pavy, La Musique Zydeco: The Colors of Rhythm; and Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century.

Francis Pavy lives with his wife and two children in Lafayette, Louisiana.


Earlier Event: October 20
River Views & Vibes
Later Event: November 3
Muse Group 1