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Journeys of Abstraction: Altered Books, Text, and Assemblage by Raymond Papka


Raymond Papka

Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 17

Papka’s art is mixed media and combines assemblage, encaustic painting, the use of books and wood panels as substrates, and found objects as relevant embellishments. The beeswax of encaustic painting allows him to generate layers of information in hi artwork, but keep it mysterious–almost dreamy and historical. His work is continually evolving and is inspired by issues in biology, influence of science in his life, and the major players in the history of science and religion. He uses the interrelations between math, science, music, philosophy and practical applications in technology. His love for books influenced his decision to recycle them in an altered form and continually utilize themes involving text. He believes in painting as a physical act of thinking. Process is everything–it is the work.

Gallery Locations & Hours

Central Library Gallery 
140 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
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Sun1 pm - 5 pm
Mon-Thu9 am - 9 pm
Fri9 am - 6 pm
Sat9 am - 5 pm

Eastside Gallery Wall 
3000 Blake James Drive
Lexington, KY 40509 
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Sun1 pm - 5 pm
Mon-Thu9:30 am - 9 pm
Fri9:30 am - 6 pm
Sat9:30 am - 5 pm