Local artist Bret Slater takes on New York


Dallas-based artist Bret Slater, featured in August’s FD Luxe, has been touted as one of the “100 Artists to Watch” by Modern Painters magazine. He received the 2012 Fashion Group International Dallas Rising Star award in fine art for his acrylic-on-canvas pieces that are influenced by his curiosity of common objects and his childhood days of the ’90s. His work is simple yet intriguing — and quickly becoming coveted by art collectors locally and abroad.

Artist Bret Slater with two of his paintings (from left, Lore, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 11 x 9.25 x 1.75 inches and The Slug, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 7.25 x 5.25 x 1.25 inches). Photograph by Nan Coulter

Slater’s sixth solo exhibition takes him back home to New York for his first solo show there at The Study Project Space in the Morgan Lehman Gallery, through April 27. “I’ve been looking for an opportunity to show in New York,” he says. “This opportunity came with no further commitments other than this one solo exhibition, so it is a flexible way for me to show there.” If you won’t be in New York this month, see Slater’s compelling work at a group show, “Maximum Overdrive,” curated by artist Kevin Todora, at UT Dallas, also through April 27. morganlehmangallery.com, utdallas.edu; available in Dallas through Marty Walker Gallery, 2135 Farrington Street, 214-749-0066; martywalkergallery.com

—Stephanie Quadri

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