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Duayne Hatchett (1925 - 2015), Red Grid, 1990; acrylic on canvas, 60 x 55 inches (frame: 61 x 56 inches); Gift of James Hofmeister, 2015

Duayne Hatchett (1925 - 2015), Red Grid, 1990; acrylic on canvas, 60 x 55 inches (frame: 61 x 56 inches); Gift of James Hofmeister, 2015

Duayne Hatchett was a visual artist whose work included paintings, sculpture, prints, and found objects. In 1968 he took a teaching position at the University of Buffalo where he would head the sculpture department for the next twenty-four years. Meanwhile, he explored different approaches to various media, although it might be said that his art usually had an architectonic base. Among his series of paintings, he combined painterly grounds of unrestrained brushwork with carefully articulated lines or grids that he had previously employed in his geometric plate metal sculpture. These paintings explored the optical relativity of two and three-dimensional space depicted on a flat plane. Red Grid was shown in Duayne Hatchett: Form, Pattern, and Invention—A Retrospective at the Burchfield Penney Art Center held in 2009. —NW