Campmeeting crowds and others visiting Anderson University next week have a chance to see 322 original illustrations by local artist David Liverett [BA 1968]. Liverett’s show, “Pointillism: A David Liverett Anthology,” will debut at AU’s Wilson Gallery this Sunday and remain open throughout the week. The show recognizes the Anderson-based pen-and-ink illustrator, graphic artist and author of a number of inspirational books for his career in illustrating. As the title suggests, Liverett’s genre of choice is pointillism, or drawing by making thousands of tiny dots into a bigger picture.
A recent project by Liverett was his second batch of Christian-themed greeting cards, published by Warner Press in January. The series featured serene scenes of barns and livestock, along with inspirational birthday wishes.
The drawings on display at the show are from six of his books. Liverett has done books on famous gospel singers, stories from country life and inspirational messages to convey hope through the metaphor of the lighthouse, among others.
Drawings in the exhibition show the variety of subject matter Liverett chooses, and the keen attention he pays to details in lighthouses, agricultural settings, architectural passageways and the human face.
The artist built a career illustrating religious curriculum for Warner Press, doing album covers for Christian recording artists and, lately, compiling essays and pairing them with his illustrations in books.
Liverett released his first set of cards of lighthouses in 2001. Liverett’s drawings are labor-intensive. He says he works 15 to 20 hours on each.
— Writer Lee Noble is a reporter for The Anderson Herald-Bulletin in Anderson. Story reprinted with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.