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Paintings by Kyle Hackett at NOVA-Loudoun

Kyle Hackett

“Forward Restraint” featuring paintings by Kyle Hackett will be on display from May 16 to June 17 in the Waddell Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The exhibition showcases oil paintings done by the Washington, D.C.-based artist.

“I believe that art can shed light on histories and traditions that are concurrent with the social and cultural conditions of a particular time and painting is a way for me to reassess my position within this timeline,” Hackett said. “Manipulating the authority of representational portraiture, I deconstruct historical ideas of secure identity and fixed painting techniques. I highlight the tension between self and the constructed image as I attempt to clarify my contemporary hopes, fears and insecurities about racial and socioeconomic progress.”

Hackett has received numerous honors and awards including Best in Show at the 2014 Bethesda Painting Awards Exhibition. Hackett’s work has gained international recognition as part of Dave Bown Projects 11th Semiannual Competition and he was a semifinalist for the 2016 BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Hackett’s work is supported and collected by Ethan Cohen New York, Wangechi Mutu Studio in Brooklyn, and University of Delaware’s Museum of African American Art. He has exhibited work in Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Florida, New York and Washington, D.C. He earned a master’s degree in fine arts from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Waddell Gallery is free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and parking is free in the student parking lots after 4 p.m. NOVA-Loudoun is at 21200 Campus Drive in Sterling (20164). To learn more, contact Gallery Coordinator Don Depuydt at 703-450-2627 or ddepuydt@nvcc.edu.

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