Spotlight Member Section featuring Albert Rhea
- Category: News
- Published: Tue. Apr 9, 2019
This Spotlight Member Section is meant to get to know each other!
Q: Tell us about you?
A: My first interest in art was in grade school at Vinton Elementary in South Omaha. I remember being in poster contests at Vinton. I always took art classes at Central High School. I worked part time at Joslyn Art Museum in High School assisting in children's classes. After graduation in 1966 I went to the University of Omaha and studied electronics. Served in the Army 1970 - 1973. Studied Graphic Design and Sculpture at Bellevue Collage in the 80's Graduated Bellevue University in 1990 with a BS in Business.
Q: How long have you been a member of OAI and what is/are your present position(s)?
A: I have been a member of OAI for six years. I enjoy the people in OAI and the networking. I help on the art show committee and am one of the administrators for our Facebook pages. I am also a member of the Bellevue Artists Association and I manage their Facebook page. I am an administrator for the Nebraska Artists Supporting the Arts Facebook site. Bottom line, I am a member of every artist Facebook page I can find in Nebraska.
Q: How did you get involved in art? Tell us your story...
A: My interests are Sculpture and Photography. I have two mentors, my dad Albert Rhea Sr. and sculptor Les Bruning. My dad, a welder by trade, taught me welding and shop fabrication. Bellevue University professor and sculptor Les Bruning instructed in sculpture design and fabrication techniques. Les said, “Sculpture is a hard sell because it takes up living space. I immediately thought of outside sculpture and have been producing monumental sculptures ever since college. The first fifteen years I produced figurative painted steel works. In the last fifteen years, I have specialized in creating stainless steel sculptures. My web site is wwwalbertrhea.com.
I am carrying on my father’s interest in wild life photography in the macrophotography realm. To me, macrophotography is magical because it takes me into a smaller universe of vibrant colors, exquisite details and extraordinary patterns that can literally take your breath away. This is especially the case when doing macrophotography of wildflowers and butterflies which provide an incredible variety of shapes and colors that could potentially keep me engaged for a lifetime. Macrophotography can be challenging because it involves moving in close and magnifying what is there beyond our normal perception of it.
Q: Tell us something that most people do not know about you?
A: I have two "Art for a Cause" subjects which I do not display too often. This Edgy work had to find a venue. Besides at the Bemis only Omaha Artists and Bellevue Artists Association have seen these works.
Q: What are your other interests - hobbies?
A: I started painting simple India Ink paintings of the natural world on the back of medicine boxes – my medicine metaphor paintings. I use the unfolded boxes as a canvas. Using India Ink colors, I have painted a series of delicate flowers and butterflies and posted them to the inside of the packaging. I also have a Smokers Regret Series. In my art, I am trying to express smokers regret of ever starting smoking. Cigarette packages are emptied, flattened and embellished with acrylic paints in a pop art style.