The University Record, October 9, 2000

‘Willie,’ other greats on display Oct. 16

John Lardis, a 1953 graduate of the School of Art and Design, returns to campus this month with an exhibition at the Warren Robbins Graduate Gallery in the Art and Architecture Building. ‘Internal Sanctums,’ which features recent paintings of faces, some famous and some not, will be on display Oct. 16–31. The large, bold, colorful portrayals include James Earl Jones, Gen. Colin Powell, Willie Nelson (above), plus paintings of people ‘close enough to Lardis for him to capture their essence.’ His non-traditional paintings are created with oil sticks on masonite, wood or paper.

‘Willie’ features the chiseled profile and powerful hand of country music great Willie Nelson. Lardis painted Nelson five times before he finally conveyed to his satisfaction that Willie and his music were inseparable.

Lardis will attend an opening reception 5:30–7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the gallery. Photo courtesy John Lardis