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Richard “Duke” Hagerty for Book Talk & Signing

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On Thursday, November 5, from 5;30 p.m. to 7 p.m., The Colleton Center, 494 Hampton Street, will host Charleston artist Richard “Duke” Hagerty for a preview book signing, presentation and exhibition of his some of his works on behalf of his publication” American Surrealist:  The Art of Richard Hagerty”.  The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Gallery.  To RSVP,  please call (843) 549-8360 or email colletonctr@lowcountry.com. Hagerty’s presentation, “American Surrealist and the ACE Basin” will reflect the strong influence the Lowcountry’s ACE Basin has had on his life and his art.  “Having this event in Walterboro is most appropriate as I introduce this publication, a culmination of my experiences and love of the ACE,”said Hagerty.  American Surrealist is a full-color publication highlighting his 40-year career, featuring approximately 275 color reproductions, black & white sketches, and painted found objects; an essay by art historian Roberta Sokolitz; and an interview with writer Gary Smith.

Richard “Duke” Hagerty is a self-taught surrealist artist living in historic downtown Charleston. With more than 50 exhibitions in solo and group shows throughout his 40-year career, Hagerty is often known for his work designing posters for the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival. His prolific work is often fueled by intense curiosity, exploring a manifold of realms including mythology, world religions, and cosmology, among other subjects. An exhibition of Hagerty’s work curated by Roberta Sokolitz, “American Surrealist: 40 Years of Painting — A Major Retrospective,” will be on display at City Gallery at Waterfront Park from November 20, 2015 through January 10, 2016. For more information, visit his website at www.richardhagertyart.com.

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One of the seminal modernist styles of the 20th century, surrealism started as a literary and intellectual movement in Paris and proved to be expansive, psychoanalytical, and experimental — an ideal fit for Hagerty’s worldview. Hagerty brings to life the essence and visions of the conscious, the unconscious, and the imagination. His paintings are figurative, intensely evocative, and at times dark, demanding an immediate devotion to the images on the canvas as well as to the artist’s psyche. “Richard Hagerty’s surrealist paintings reflect symbolic expressions of a genius who was born already knowing how to paint,” said renowned artist Jonathan Green. “Through self discipline and meditation, he has been able to dip his brush into his collective unconscious genetic memory to create images that must be more than 30,000 years old.”

American Surrealist is available for purchase online at www.eveningpostbooks.com, at The Post & Courier, 134 Columbus St., Charleston, SC, 29403, and by phone at (843) 958-7367. Retail price is $64.95 plus tax and shipping charges.

“We are delighted to have Duke Hagerty come to Walterboro to tell us about this book and his art”, said Jean Harrigal, Director of the Colleton Center.

The Colleton Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide for the preservation and renovation of the historic Hampton Street Elementary School and for the development of an arts and civic center.

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