ARTSPACE @ Metropolitan Press
1250 Majesty Drive
Dallas, TX 75247
Bill Foley/ Duke Horn Artist Exhibition
Showing January 4-26, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018
6 pm to 9 pm
Although Bill Foley is already famous for his WW2 battlefield sketches and is the author of the book about his experiences in WW2 called “Visions From A Foxhole” now at the age of 92 he is showing his Supernatural Realism paintings for the first time in the USA Dallas, TX at Artspace @ Metropolitan Press.
Please join us for the very first USA Art Exhibition of Bill Foley’s Supernatural Realism paintings @ Artspace. Foley will be on hand to discuss his painting career during opening exhibition on January 18th @ 7:30 pm.
William Foley has been creating art for over 70 years. During World War II, Foley was a rifleman in the 94th Infantry Division “Ghost Corps” under General George Patton, whose campaign was focused on getting past the Siegfried Line, and also participated in the Battle of the Bulge.
As an eighteen-year-old, Foley began drawing sketches of events on the battlefield in a sketchbook he carried with him. These sketches were preserved in part because they were able to be stashed in a cardboard tube that previously held a mortar shell. Later, right afterwards, he also drew some war scenes from memory.
Foley then went on to work commercially as an illustrator.
The paintings in this Exhibition were created over the past 50 years.
He still paints and currently resides in Dallas, Texas.
Some of Foley’s WW2 Artwork has been featured at the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey, National World War II Museum, and the Pritzker Military Library. The exhibit at the latter contains over 40 of his works, including pencil and ink sketches as well as oil paintings.
Foley’s memoir Visions from a Foxhole: A Rifleman in Patton’s Ghost Corps was published in 2007.
It includes several accounts from wartime, focusing on the actions and accounts on the battlefield rather than the larger context of the war. He notes that victories on the battlefield were not a cause for celebration, and expresses his understanding of soldiers who deserted their posts, given the difficulties of war. Foley’s account of the war has been described as “one of the most outstanding memoirs in recent memory”, in particular his descriptions of Germany, which are compared to landscapes as described by Dante Alighieri.
Duke M. Horn
Duke Horn is classically trained artist and career designer, having trained with Otis Dozier, Chapman Kelley and Ann Cushing-Gantz. He was awarded a scholarship to the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art, when a student at the DMA museum school. He has exhibited at the Bath House, Latino Cultural Center and the Creative Arts Center where he is an instructor.
Duke has also exhibited at Kettle Art, American Fine Art and Frame, the Texas show in Tel Aviv, Israel, Craighead-Green New Texas Talent show, Luminarte and Cinq Gallery, to name a few. His works are in the collection of the DMA and private collections nationwide and abroad. Recently, he was a finalist in the Hunting Art Prize.
Comfortable working in all media, Duke was featured on Channel 11’s afternoon newsroom for executing the massive 50′ mural, “Route 66”, done in water based paints in 2015. Oil painting is what he teaches and is most comfortable with. He has volunteered with several non-profits groups over the years, including the Texas Visual Arts Association as its President.
Also, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Meals on Wheels, the Emergency Artists Support League and the Frontiers of Flight Museum, teaching kids how to build stick and tissue model airplanes. Duke was on the Board of Arts District Friends 1995-96.
Professional design years, he worked for the great scenic designer, Peter Wolf, during the halcyon years of the Dallas Summer Musicals’ indigenous talent and the State Fair of Texas where he re-created the murals of the historic 1936 images on the Automobile Building in 2010. Later, he became a custom rug designer for a prestigious interior resource wholesaler.
Maintaining a full-time art studio for painting commissions and specialty signage, along with coordinating with architects for proof-of-concept model making, Duke still finds time for painting competitions.
Education: BA degree in Advertising Art, University of North Texas, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
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Contact: Liz London