The Huff Gallery at Spalding University is to host artist Rex Lagerstrom’s showcase of work November 3-December 15. An opening reception will be held on November 3 from 2-4 p.m. at the gallery.
Originally from Connecticut, Lagerstrom has worked for the last 25 years as an internist and an artist in Louisville, Kentucky. Since 1996, he has exhibited regionally, including at Bellarmine University, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, and at Zephyr Gallery for which he was a member. Lagerstrom’s work has a recycled component; most of his wood cuts have been made using scraps from the Daniel Chaffin Furniture studio, which is next door to Lagerstrom’s studio.
In addition to his studies in painting and printmaking, Lagerstrom completed a two-year apprenticeship with Fenestra Studios in Stained Glass in 1980. Over the last 30 years, he has designed over 250 windows, doorways and church windows in the Louisville area. He collaborates with Peter Eichhorn, a former instructor of his, on major glass projects.
“I do not believe in being defined by our roles or job descriptions. I love creating, whether it be in the medical world or in the world of creative arts. My work is about transition, transformation and ultimately triumph, which is the course I see each of us following in our lives. I work primarily with encaustics and wood cuts. My imagery is heavily influenced by Hindu, Buddhist and early Catholic symbolism. I choose forms that convey my love of nature as it transforms itself into the world of spirit,” says Lagerstrom.
Lagerstrom has bachelor’s degrees in art and in chemistry from Bellarmine University. He is also a graduate from the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine.