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Strokes of Life: Recovering from a Stroke

by C.J. Duvall Jr.

May 1, 2018 – May 31, 2018

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, the Arkansas Arts Center presents twelve artworks created by C.J. Duvall, Jr. Duvall is a self-taught artist, who began creating art in an early age and then through other interests. As an adult, he continued his appreciation for art through collecting, which lead to a reawakening and realization of the transformative power of art. After suffering a series of transient ischemic attacks and mini-strokes over a period of three years, Duvall documented his journey of rehabilitation and recovery by maintaining a diary and making art.

He created works of art using simple collage techniques as one method of therapy to process the physiological tumult he encountered as a result of the episodic loss of brain cells. Strokes of Life: Recovering from a Stroke is the result of this ongoing journey.

“My artwork reveals the existential conversation that is taking place between my head, heart, and soul as opposed to being an interpretation of the external world around me.” – C.J. Duvall, Jr.

Mr. Duvall is a former fortune 250 executive, a clergyman and a philanthropist. He serves on the board of the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency, the Little Rock Technology Park Commission, the Episcopal Collegiate School Board of Directors and the Omegas of Greater Little Rock Board of Directors.

 

Work from the Exhibition


C. J. Duvall, Jr., American (St. Louis, Missouri, 1958 - ), Damaged But Not Destroyed #1, 2012, mixed media and paper collage on paper, 17 x 24 inches (sheet size). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.

C. J. Duvall, Jr., American (St. Louis, Missouri, 1958 - ), Laugh, Cry, Shout #2, 2012, mixed media and paper collage on paper, 17 x 24 inches (sheet size). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.

C. J. Duvall, Jr., American (St. Louis, Missouri, 1958 - ), Dad With Girls #2, 2012, mixed media and paper collage on paper, 17 x 24 inches (sheet size). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.

C. J. Duvall, Jr., American (St. Louis, Missouri, 1958 - ), Afflicted But Not Crushed, 2012, mixed media and paper collage on paper, 17 x 24 inches (sheet size). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.

C. J. Duvall, Jr., American (St. Louis, Missouri, 1958 - ), Perplexed But Not in Despair #1, 2012, mixed media and paper collage on paper, 17 x 24 inches (sheet size). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.

C. J. Duvall, Jr., American (St. Louis, Missouri, 1958 - ), Perplexed But Not in Despair #2, 2012, mixed media and paper collage on paper, 17 x 24 inches (sheet size). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.

C. J. Duvall, Jr., American (St. Louis, Missouri, 1958 - ), No. 10, 2012, mixed media and paper collage on paper, 17 x 24 inches (sheet size). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.

C. J. Duvall, Jr., American (St. Louis, Missouri, 1958 - ), Left Frontal Lobe, 2012, mixed media and paper collage on paper, 17 x 24 inches (sheet size). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.

C. J. Duvall, Jr., American (St. Louis, Missouri, 1958 - ), Laugh, Cry, Shout #1, 2012, mixed media and paper collage on paper, 17 x 24 inches (sheet size). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.

C. J. Duvall, Jr., American (St. Louis, Missouri, 1958 - ), A Shattered Dream, 2012, mixed media and paper collage on paper, 17 x 24 inches (sheet size). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.

C. J. Duvall, Jr., American (St. Louis, Missouri, 1958 - ), WINK Ten Times, 2012, mixed media and paper collage on paper, 17 x 24 inches (sheet size). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.

C. J. Duvall, Jr., American (St. Louis, Missouri, 1958 - ), REPEAT Ten Times, 2012, mixed media and paper collage on paper, 17 x 24 inches (sheet size). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.

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