Instructor Jesse Walp Talks About “Life Forms”

Instructor Jesse Walp Talks About “Life Forms”

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Artist and Villa Maria College instructor Jesse Walp opened his new show “Life Forms” at Buffalo Arts Studio last month. As part of the M&T Fourth Friday at the Tri-Main Center, Buffalo Arts Studio resident artist Fotini Galanes opened her solo exhibition “Subcutaneous” as well.

In a video interview with The Buffalo News, Walp talks about his work, illuminating some of the purpose behind his forms.

According to Cori Wolff, Executive/Artistic Director of Buffalo Arts Studio, Walp’s craftsmanship in creating smooth tactile surfaces, voluptuous bodily forms and use of rich saturated colors results in pieces that “represent a unique balance between life and death, growth and stagnation, and nature and culture.”

Walp’s exhibit includes “Diverge,” a piece which won the Langley Kenney Prize in last year’s “Art in Craft Media” show in the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Born in Wellsville, NY, Walp grew up in Southern Mississippi and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture, studying Furniture Design and Woodworking at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

He is currently a design instructor and shop supervisor at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY. He is an avid maker of both sculpture and furniture, which he exhibits locally and nationally.

The opening reception took place on Friday, January 24, and began with talks from Walp and Galanes about their work. Both exhibits continue through March 22.

For more information, please visit Buffalo Arts Studio.

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