“Forward Restraint” featuring paintings by Kyle Hackett are on display at Waddell Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College through June 17.
“I believe that art can shed light on histories and traditions that are concurrent with the social and cultural conditions of a particular time, and painting is a way for me to reassess my position within this timeline,” the Washington, DC-based artist said. “Manipulating the authority of representational portraiture, I deconstruct historical ideas of secure identity and fixed painting techniques. I highlight the tension between self and the constructed image as I attempt to clarify my contemporary hopes, fears and insecurities about racial and socioeconomic progress.”
Hackett has received numerous honors and awards, including Best in Show at the 2014 Bethesda Painting Awards Exhibition, and his work has gained international recognition as part of Dave Bown Projects 11th Semiannual Competition, and he was a semifinalist for the 2016 BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Hackett’s work is supported and collected by Ethan Cohen New York, Wangechi Mutu Studio in Brooklyn, and University of Delaware’s Museum of African American Art.
Waddell Gallery is open to the public for free between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The NVCC Loudoun Campus is at 21200 Campus Drive in Sterling.