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BIG, BOLD LIFE Jamestown artist’s work on display at the Arts Center

These paintings by Jamestown artist Brad Bohl are part of the exhibit “Evolving Genesis” that is on display at the Arts Center through Jan. 20. John M. Steiner / The Sun

A new exhibit of the paintings of Brad Bohl, a Jamestown artist perhaps best known for his company, Bohl Iron Works, opened at the Arts Center last week and will run through Jan. 20.

“Evolving Genesis” includes 72 pieces of Bohl’s paintings, from largeformat pieces on wildlife to smaller portraits and still life paintings.

“It (the exhibit) extends from the main gallery to the lobby,” said Sally Jeppson, the Arts Center gallery manager.

Bohl said the inspiration for his work changes with every painting.

“Sometimes I’ll get into a groove, like with the still lifes, I’ll be setting up vegetables and painting them,” he said. “I don’t know, it (the inspiration) changes and varies.”

Bohl said he is pretty much self-taught when it comes to painting. He said he did take an art class to pick up the basics of drawing and painting, but as far as the different styles he uses in painting, that is all self-taught.

“Another great teacher that has influenced me has been the internet,” he said. “I learn from online artists.”

Bohl said he learned how to do layers and how to paint hair for wildlife from online video tutorials.

Bohl said he has also received inspiration from looking at the works of the masters. He works in oil paints and watercolors.

He said some of his favorite works from the “Evolving Genesis” exhibit are two paintings of horses.

“I like the coloring,” he said. “A lot of thought went into those paintings, a lot of late nights. Once I get inspired to do something, it has to be completed.”


What: “Evolving Genesis” art exhibit by Jamestown artist Brad Bohl

When: Dec. 14 through Jan. 20

Jeppson said she doesn’t remember how the subject of having an exhibit of

Where: The Arts Center, 115 2nd St. SW.

Details: The Arts Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed

Bohl’s paintings came up for the Arts Center. She said she didn’t know that Bohl painted, but after seeing a small exhibit of some of his larger pieces at Jamestown Regional Medical Center, she was all for it.

Jeppson Bohl’s paintings cover a variety of subjects and styles.

“He dabbles in different styles,” she said.”Everything from very abstract to very realistic, almost photographically realistic.”

Jeppson said she also likes how Bohl plays with color, light and textures in his paintings. |

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Chris Olson

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