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Douglas Balentine | Beyond the Horizon

May 30 – September 10, 2017

Charleston native Douglas Balentine has been drawing and painting as long as he can remember. In 1977 and 1978, his family lived in Paris, France, which was a particularly formative experience for nine-year-old Balentine. Among innumerable stimuli that daily Parisian life offered, exposure to art in the Louvre proved to be of lasting influence. Balentine went on to study art at Parsons School of Design in New York and at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. In the mid-1990s, Balentine moved back to Charleston, where he began to explore the natural and historic beauty of the area through classical principles that had taken root during his studies. The historic southern city and its environs offer a seemingly eternal source of inspiration. Beyond the Horizon is a retrospective exhibition of Balentine’s work as it pertains to the beach. A number of works from distinguished private collections that have never been publicly displayed will be included in addition to works in progress and artistic studies that explore the artist’s subject matter in a variety of detailed ways.

The work:


Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.