Exhibition Celebrates Hugh Townley's Unique Artistic Imagination

Hugh Townley: The Wizard with Wood opens October 30 at Wheaton College's Beard & Weil Galleries. This comprehensive exhibition, spanning more than five decades, highlights Townley's extraordinary body of work: from unpainted wood sculptures (for which the artist is best known), to vibrantly colored reliefs, plywood reliefs, early ceramics, drawings in graphite and pastel, lithographs, woodcuts, and embossed relief prints. Opening nearly nine months after the artist's death, The Wizard with Wood honors Townley's unique artistic vision and imagination.

Malcolm Grear Designers was asked to design the catalogue that accompanies Townley's show. The artist's wooden pieces feel palpable in this 48 page catalogue which features 60 large-scale, color images. Malcolm Grear, a friend of the late Hugh Townley, has designed numerous catalogues and posters for the artist.

Hugh Townley’s work has been shown in 50 one-person exhibitions and nearly 100 group exhibitions. During his nearly 30 years of teaching at Brown University he was an extremely productive artist—exhibiting widely, and receiving distinguished awards and commissions. He was still planning new work and this exhibition when he died of Parkinson’s Disease February of this year.

Hugh Townley: The Wizard with Wood opens October 30 and runs through December 1, 2008.

For more information, please visit Beard & Weil Galleries.