Adagio (Wilson's Creek Suite #2) Andante (Wilson's Creek Suite #1) The Quiet Labyrinth Shadowplay


An introvert by nature, I have always had a deep affinity for locations and objects which embody a sense of mystery, solitude, or isolation. My most recent series of landscape-based artworks explore hidden and private locales to which one might escape for quiet contemplation and spiritual renewal. Each subject is chosen for its capacity to possess secrets that only one’s inner spirit can aid the eye in perceiving—something primeval and archetypal in origin, yet ephemeral, obscure, and often overlooked or ignored.

My goal is to coalesce contrasting literal and symbolic views of the human experience and invite viewers to look underneath what they visually perceive on the surface of things around them. Thus, while these works are executed in a representational manner based on careful observation, I strive to capture more than the physical characteristics of a particular setting. My approach often necessitates arranging, rearranging, or introducing compositional elements, colors, textures, and values that are arbitrary to casual perception. The individual elements—stones, water, trees—become surrogates for a more allegorical expression.

As a result, my paintings are intended to transcend superficial or facile depictions of nature. It is my hope that viewers will be compelled to find their own state of solitude or serenity as they observe these works, and experience a renewed sense of individuality inside such moments.

About the Artist:

Eddie Kent Tallent attended the Governor’s School of North Carolina for the Gifted and Talented, and earned his BFA with honors in fine arts/painting from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. After graduating, he began a career in higher education administration serving as assistant director of admissions at Ringling, assistant dean of student affairs at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and most recently as assistant dean and executive director of admissions at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he was instrumental in assisting Mason’s School of Art gain accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and served on the advisory boards for the university’s Honors College and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

He has taught visual arts courses at the College for Creative Studies, conducted private classes and workshops for adults and children, and specializes in assisting high school students with the development and preparation of portfolios for college and art school admission.

He currently resides in his hometown in the foothills of North Carolina and dedicates himself to his art full time. His work is executed in a variety of media including oils, pastels, watercolor, and graphite and is included in private and public collections nationwide.