Homegrown: 2011 Holiday Arts Tour

Homegrown will be a weekly post highlighting our Holiday Arts Tour artists.  NCLAC would like to celebrate the artists living in our own backyard whether they were raised here, relocated, or just like to visit enough to call Ruston home.   This years Holiday Arts Tour will be November 18, 19, & 20th.  Watch here for more information and tour locations. This weeks post is about Adrian Dean Gipson a Louisiana Native who is currently calling Ruston home while attending Louisiana Tech University.


Adrian Dean Gipson was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana and raised in Monroe, Louisiana.  He showed an interest and talent for art at an early age. Always encouraged by teachers, family and peers to pursue a career in art, he completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in communication design at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in May of 2007. Adrian is currently a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at Louisiana Tech University, with an expected graduation date of May 2012. His art uses a combination of organic and geometric abstract shapes to depict narratives concerning the processes of non-linear thinking and human creation.


My work deals with the concept of growth, progression and adaptation and how they occur along the path of life and invention. The birthplace of many ideas and solutions is reverie. These moments of reverie, which often take place during familiar and repetitive tasks, allow our brains to create ideas and solve problems. It starts at reverie, then moves into the idea or solution, and then finally the production. What once existed mentally migrates into the physical world and can be experienced by others. Along this path an idea may encounter unpredictable problems that must be adapted to. This adaptation and development occurs both in invention and life.

The finished piece starts as a group of loose sketches that is narrowed down through elimination. After choosing the strongest composition, I move onto my surface and medium of choice. Once there, I allow the composition to grow and change as needed. I use limited color palettes because the restricted choices make for stronger color composing. The geometric shapes reference the synthetic, while the organic shapes reference the living and natural. I use vibrant colors to represent movement and growth, and dark colors to represent the dormant. The repetition is used to guide the viewer along a path of progression. I want the viewer to see a clear sequence, and along with the man-made and natural references distinguish their own narrative.


NCLAC:  Who is your favorite artist and why?

GIPSON:  Vincent Van Gogh, because of the expession in his lines.

NCLAC:  How does doing art make you feel?

GIPSON: Focused and at ease.

NCLAC:  What gem of advice would you like to share that someone shared with you?

GIPSON:  If you are going to do something do it right, or not at all. 


NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.  In addition funding for the Holiday Arts Tour is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and administered by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council