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Roger Disney’s “5th & Main” is among the paintings of “Cityscapes” now on display at the state Capitol.

Emily Summars June 22nd, 2011

Roger Disney’s new exhibition of paintings, “Cityscapes,” portrays the hustle and bustle of city life and downtown centers, using new perspectives thriving with vibrant yellows, blues and reds.

He uses photographs he has taken as inspiration. He shoots while traveling the national festival circuit because, wherever the good weather and art goes, he goes. The Czech Republic, England and Australia are a few of his many destinations, but he always remembers his Oklahoma roots.

“I want to be more Oklahoma-focused,” Disney said. “Cityscapes” is now on display in the state Capitol’s East Gallery through July 17.

Besides travel, the Oklahoma native is influence by the impressionist and expressionist movements, both visible through his use of palette knives rather than brushes.

“I like the solidity of it,” Disney said. “You don’t have to worry about cleaning brushes or a lack of texture. I was always flustered with brushes because they’re limiting and don’t show a lot of texture.”

Impressionism emphasizes visual strokes, unusual angles and changing qualities of the atmosphere. Expressionism distorts perspectives for emotional gain and to evoke moods and ideas. “Cityscapes” features high and low angles with bright bursts of color, sometimes overlooking the city or peering out from a bridge.

Disney handles more than paints. His experience includes custom furniture, web design, photography and publishing his own comic, “Pulp.”

The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 to 4 p.m. weekends. Admission is free. For more information, call 521-2931 or visit arts.ok.gov. —Emily Summars

 
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