Our Place / Real Life

July 1st, 2017 - July 31st, 2017

This month the Gallery becomes another foil for our place in the Northwest Arkansas Region. We highlight three artists, GentleRankine and Taylor, who reside and work n the nearby town of Eureka Springs.
Fayetteville Underground Gallery also shares in the real-life concerns of individuals beyond the aesthetic. In the case of Dylan Mortimer, real-life and art converge in an instrumental portrayal of his struggles with cystic fibrosis. Joëlle Storet, a 2017 Cystic Fibrosis Finest Honoree, introduces Dylan to Fayetteville and neighboring friends. Meet Dylan as he talks about his art, how it collides and coincides with the disease he struggles with daily. Let’s help find a cure.


Drew Gentle was born in 1947 and raised in Los Angeles. After high school, Drew went to work as Artist Assistant to his father Robert Gentle at Hanna-Barbera Studios. For the next four years, he worked summers in animation and for the rest of the year attended Chouinard Art Institute (now the California Institutes of the Arts), where he graduated with a BFA in 1969. Over the course of the next forty years he developed a career as a multi-skilled animation artist working continually at one studio while frequently freelancing work at at two or three other studios. Durning this timeDrew’s desire and passion to do fine art only became stronger and found frequent expression for his own pleasure and sanity. Drew moved to Eureka Springs, AR in the summer of 2007, and is now enjoying the beauty of the Ozarks while he pursues his artistic vision.


Zeek Taylor is known for his stylized watercolors. Using a dry brush technique, he is able to achieve intricate detail not often found in the medium. He favors transparent pain but at times combines the use of gouache and acrylic in a painting. Each piece is surrounded by a meticulously hand-rendered border. a recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council Governor’s Art Award for Lifetime Achievement, Zeek lives and maintains a studio in Eureka Springs.


Dylan Mortimer graduated with a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New ork. He has created public art installations in several cities including New York, Chicago, Baltimore and Washington. His exhibition history includes David Zwimir Gallery, Columbia University, Longwood Arts Gallery in the Bronx, Dumbo Arts Center, PS 122 Gallery in New York, the Kansas City Jewish Museum, the Nerman Museum in Overland Park, KS, and the Haw Contemporary in Kansas City. He has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Post, the Chicago Sun, the Baltimore Sun, and several other publications internationally. Dylan Mortimer is living with Cystic Fibrosis. His most recent show “Cure” documents his personal struggles with the disease.


John Rankine began exploring the visual arts in his native Toronto, Canada. Relocating in the early 1980s to Key West, FL, Rankin continued to explore printmaking and a new love of found object assemblage, and creating several series of works. Rankine was enticed by the small arts-based community of Eureka Springs, AR, adn became a permanent resident in 1996. Nearly two decades later, his assemblages reflected more of the nature world he discoved there. Some of his found objects were based on the global affects of an overly industrial, corrupt planet and its long-term effects on the innocent, especially towards the younger generation.

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