The District Gallery presents


Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 5-8 p.m.
On display October 6-28

The District Gallery is excited to announce the upcoming exhibit Barry Spann: Twenty-One Still Lifes, an unprecedented body of work from the Knoxville native artist, and the first local exhibition of his work in over a decade. Barry Spann is an international artist and longtime resident of Sequoyah Hills.

Spann studied printmaking at the University of Tennessee.  In 1990, he was commissioned by Whittle Communications to produce the artwork for its new headquarters in Knoxville. The resulting million-dollar project was the largest of its kind in Tennessee history. The site is now the Howard H. Baker, Jr. United States Courthouse, where most of the original paintings remain.

Spann’s prints, paintings, and drawings are collected worldwide, including by The Smithsonian Institution, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Comprised entirely of oil paintings made specifically for exhibit at The District Gallery, Twenty-One Still Lifes is Spann’s next major body of work. Lush color and a Zen-like simplicity may surprise those familiar with the brooding, monochromatic detail of Spann’s earlier drawings; yet the still lifes are characterized by the same whimsy and quiet power that is unique to his work. A study of the everyday, Twenty-One Still Lifes conveys the harmony of a spiritual realm with the material one.

“To say of painting what Dōgen said of Buddhism,” says Spann, “It is to study yourself, and to study yourself is to forget yourself.”

Please join us Friday, October 6 from 5-8 p.m. for an opening reception and to enjoy an artist talk from Spann in the gallery. The show will be on display through October 28.