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Career of artist Lamar Dodd on exhibit in Albany

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY -- As an artist, Georgia's Lamar Dodd did not rest in one style. He changed with the world around him to bring the everyday and the unique to life.

The Albany Art Museum near Darton College has many of his diverse paintings on display until May 28 for the community to enjoy.

"This is a great exhibition of his work," said Arthur Berry, retired head of the art department at Albany State University. "The variety of the media he uses, watercolors, oils and pen and ink put real feeling into his work."

Adding personal knowledge of the artist and his work, the man who loaned the paintings to the museum spoke after a reception Saturday.

"I'd like people to feel the liberty of the art and what it means, what it says," said C.L. Morehead Jr., of Athens, who has loaned the paintings to the museum.

"I have been acquiring his work since 1990 and have 777 paintings of his."

The range of Dodd's style is captured by the contrasting paintings in the main museum auditorium. A 1929 oil painting of "Manhattan Bridge-Bowery" painted in New York City where he began studying in 1928 captures the intensity of the city. A water color from 1992 lightly captures the quiet of cottages by the sea in.

"He is well known throughout the country," said Henry M. Goodyear Jr., one of the exhibition sponsors. "Up in Monhegan, where we have a cottage, he is well known for his paintings as part of the Monhegan school of art."

Not one to shy away from his world, Dodd also has paintings in the abstractionist style, near-cubist-looking paintings of doctors in an operating room and even a painting of the infamous bloody glove from the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

From 1937 until he retired in 1975, Dodd was influential as artist-in-residence and department chair at the University of Georgia. He continued painting until his death in 1996.

His work lives on and as an exhibition sponsor, Libby Womack said she was happy that her acquaintance with Morehead allowed her to play a part in bringing Dodd's art to Albany.

"He is a wholesale florist as I am in Albany," Womack said. "We florists stick together. I want as many people to see (Dodd's) art as can come to the museum."