The Hammond Regional Arts Center will feature artist Michael Ledet for the month of April. The exhibition will center on Ledet’s paintings entitled “Recent Works.”
Ledet is an acclaimed artist whose artwork can be found in such collections as the El Paso Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. As an artist, he combines various styles and textures to create modernist images in a postmodern world. His brightly colored interiors call to mind the Fauvist painters like Henri Matisse or early compositions of Mark Rothko before he devoted himself to his signature Color Field style.
Ledet continues to incorporate a distinct group of icons such as masks, pottery vessels,... palms, nude torsos and sculptures into his works. In recent years, imagined interiors have predominated his work, as he has divided his canvases into intersecting planes with chairs, rugs, tables, mirrors, artworks, and billowing drapes. A critic for The Times-Picayune wrote that Ledet’s “sense of irony, based on creating impossibly idyllic environments, is genteel.”
Ledet attended Louisiana State University, the University of New Orleans, and the State University of New York-Binghamton before receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. He has worked in many areas of the art and publishing worlds, including framing, gallery ownership, typesetting, printing, advertising, graphic design and book design.
“A native of New Orleans, Ledet moved to Hammond in 2003,” said HRAC Executive Director Katherine Marquette. “He has given generously of himself and been warmly embraced by the art community. It is a high honor for the Hammond Regional Arts Center to be exhibiting “Recent Works” by Michael Ledet.”
A public reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, April 8 from 5-8 p.m. On Thursday, April 12, a special lecture by Ledet will be presented as part of the Let’s Talk Art series.