Zhou B Art Center in Chicago is debuting a new art exhibition today by NIU art professor emeritus Yale Factor.
Factor’s “4 Decades Retrospective” spans a period of more than 40 years of creating art that includes early photo-realistic drawings of Chicago and a critically acclaimed series of portraits.
Factor is an artist who enjoys testing the public’s perception of reality and illusion. His work has been shown in regional, national and international juried exhibitions, as well as in one-person exhibitions in museums across the nation.
This retrospective show spans a period of more than 40 years of creating art that includes early photorealistic drawings of Chicago and a critically acclaimed series of portraits. Factor has two groups on display through April 10 on the second floor. The first group comprises landscape paintings representing a global range of southern France, Caribbean islands and the U.S., from California to the Key West. The second group depicts narrative still life, which originally incorporated maps as the backdrops – key to the meaning of the composition. These paintings later morphed into Renaissance-influenced scenes with candle light.
Growing up in Chicago, the big influences in his career have been the paintings in the Chicago’s Art Institute and the collections of the Field Museum of Natural History, where he worked as a scientific illustrator before his teaching position.
Factor has used oil paints to create art since age 12. Technique has never been his concern, Factor says, but rather he was in search of the subject matter that best represented his personality and how it fit into the larger field of fine art. His primary focus is on painting narrative still lifes and landscapes, which he considers equally important.