Lightner Museum presents ‘Antwan Ramar: Contemporary Impressions’

Antwan Ramar, "Rainbow Harbor." Image courtesy Lightner Museum

Antwan Ramar, “Rainbow Harbor.” Image courtesy Lightner Museum

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The inaugural Lightner Local exhibition at the Lightner Museum in St Augustine will present Antwan Ramar: Contemporary Impressions. In his work, Ramar brings a contemporary vision to landscape painting while embracing historic traditions and techniques. Presenting his plein air studies alongside larger studio works, Ramar’s exhibition at the Lightner explores his process of art making from field study to final painting.

Antwan Ramar: Contemporary Impressions will be on display from April 2 through May 23, 2021 in the Lightner Museum’s East Room Gallery above the historic swimming pool. The exhibition will open during St Augustine’s First Friday Art Walk from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests should enter through the Granada Street door of the Café Alcazar. Masks are required.

Originally from rural Wisconsin, Antwan Ramar has always been inspired by nature’s beauty. Ramar studied art in Southern California, in some of the finest ateliers under teachers with extensive experience in their fields. In that time, his curricular focus was on conceptual art. Learning the fundamentals of drawing and painting gave him the tools to take his art in any direction. Today Ramar is a full-time painter, splitting his time between painting in his studio, teaching classes and participating in plein-air events around the country. He loves to travel and paint but spends most of his time in sunny Orlando, Florida. Of his work, Ramar observes: “My paintings tell stories through the ephemeral mood of natural light. I look for the subtle poetry of each subject, trying to paint the ‘adjective’ and not the ‘noun’ of the scene.”

For more information about upcoming programming and exhibitions, call the Lightner Museum at 904-824-2874.

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