Mark Flowers and Kevin Isgett's paintings meet at Greenville Technical College's Riverworks Gallery as a collection of stories. The similarities and diversities of voice and content are collected as a single exhibition in a similar fashion that short stories are collected within a literary journal. Each painter uses the body language of solitary male figures to tell his story. Isgett traps silent young men in bleak landscapes painting skewed, expressionistic portraits. The young men's averted, unfocused eyes speak, not aloud, but as remembered experiences. Flowers combines his anonymous male figures with non-objective imagery. This imagery and the figures are in the same plane but separated by a distinct change of field. Through his figures and the shape, color, and surface of their non-objective speech, he tells his stories. Stories We Tell includes haunting accounts like Isgett's Storm and loud, intimidating narratives like Flowers' Nothing to See Here (Move Along) and even humorous tales such as Funny Little Man Arrives.

Isgett, speaking to his process says, "I like to distort the shape of the head and the placement of features to get a more intense feeling in the character...I believe a piece is finished when I sense a personality evolving and a compelling emotional connection." Flowers, on the other hand, states: "I have always made use of painting to understand my relationship with the world...In seeking meaning in the world, I am sharing my story in hopes of making common connections with others."

Kevin Isgett completed his Bachelor's degree at Bob Jones University and returned there to teach after graduate school at the Academy of Art San Francisco. He is now devoted to making art full-time. Mark Flowers completed his Bachelor's degree at the University of South Carolina. After completing his MFA from Western Michigan University, he taught art for 39 years. He has retired from full-time teaching to currently serve as an adjunct teacher and gallery coordinator at USC Upstate, as well as continuing his active studio practice.

Mark Flowers is not the only Flowers to have a current Greenville exhibition. His father, Tom Flowers, with friend Jeanet Dreskin, have a retrospective on view at The Metropolitan Arts Council, 16 Augusta Street.

RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College. RIVERWORKS Gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville, SC.

For more information, call:
Fleming Markel, Director
(864) 271-0679 or email