Lou Negri

Lou Negri is a watercolor artist using a traditional medium in a non-traditional way. His work, executed in a painterly manner with bold, rapid strokes, is a graphic illustration of Henry David Thoreau's observation that, "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."

Negri's paintings are characterized by a dynamic surface rhythm in which loosely drawn shapes are contained within wide areas of color and texture. The final work is an evocative pictorial arrangement where details are hinted at and seldom made explicit. It is left to the viewer's imagination to interpret and complete the image.

Negri studied art at the New York School of Industrial Art and the Art Students League of New York. He is a member of and past president of the Washington Society of Landscape painters, a member of the Centreville (Virginia) Regional Art Guild and president of the Northern Virginia Artists League.

In 1999 and 2004, Negri's work appeared in the Arts Council of Fairfax County Show. His work has also been exhibited at Verizon Gallery, the Rock Creek Gallery, University Club and Washington Arts Club in Washington, D.C., the Prince Royal Gallery, Broadway Gallery, Metro Gallery, Moser Gallery, Black Rock Gallery, Outlands Plantation, and the Fairfax County Government Center.

The artist also teaches a watercolor painting class for the Fairfax County Parks and Recreation Department as well as a workshop at AC Moore once a month.

Recently served as artist in residence at The Echo Hill Outdoor School and at the Swan Bed & Breakfast Inn during "The Art at the Inns" festival in Rock Hall, Maryland.

During 2006, Negri was invited guest speaker at "The Chestertown Art League" and at "The Academy Arts Museum" in Eason, Maryland.