The gallery opening of “Intense Innocence” drew a crowd of more than 160 people to the Student Union Gallery Sept. 23.
The show is a collection of paintings by senior art majors Mitsuko Ikeno and Andrea Perron. The show is vibrant with warm and bright colors.
Perron describes her work as figurative and bold with color. Her paintings display alternate forms of the human body. One of her compositions is a painting of two pears carved into the shape of a male and female.
Perron started painting in 2000 when she took Beginning Painting at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her main medium is oil and she now works three hours a day on average.
“I prefer to work in oils although I have done some work in acrylic,” Perron said. “Oils don’t dry up as fast.”
Perron has displayed a range of artwork that all have a central color theme.
Ikeno started painting in Japan and is now working on her thesis called “The Afterlife.” She is exploring the communication between life and death using examples in art from ancient civilizations such as Egypt.
“My most difficult piece in this show was ‘Symphony,’” Ikeno said. “The composition took me 10 days during which I was constantly changing parts.”
Ikeno usually uses little figures of plump babies for her inspiration. From there she builds on the idea of communication. Her paintings involve babies communicating with family or animals such as the painting of “Finding Dog,” where a baby is hoisting a dog under her arm.
Clint Yonce, a 2003 graduate in journalism and public communication, was drawn to this painting because it reminded him of his 9-year-old dog, Gizmo.
“My favorite painting is the one with the dog because it shows the same relationship I have with my dog, who is also little. I carry him around and show him the world like in the painting,” Yonce said.
Sam Bair, a senior in history, found his favorite painting to be “Distance,” an oil on board painting by Perron.
“I don’t like paintings of children as a subject so my favorite one would have to be the green one with two figures,” said Bair. “The colors are very harmonious.”
Ikeno’s painting of two children playing at the table spilling a bowl may bring you a pleasant chuckle or Perron’s use of color in “Underwater” may inspire sentiment. “Intense Innocence” includes pleasant paintings that will leave you with a sense of tranquility.
“Intense Innocence” will be showing from Sept. 23 through Oct. 7.