rocky horton


Rocky Horton received his undergraduate education at Harding University in Searcy Arkansas. He received an M.F.A. in studio art from West Virginia University in December of 2003. Since that time he has served as a Professor of Art at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Rocky Horton is a conceptually based multi-disciplinary artist whose spans painting, sculpture, video, and performance.  He is an active founding member of COOP, a curatorial collective in Nashville, established in 2010.  He lives and works in Nashville Tennessee alongside his wife, artist Mandy Rogers Horton, and their three children.

Artist Statement

"My work explores the liminal. The recent paintings are a response to a work Flowers in a Wooden Vessel by Jan Brueghel the Elder created in 1606-07.  I have begun exploring the conceptual slippage inherent in art's contact with contemporary culture. The work creates an opportunity for a very intricate conversation about religious and psychologically loaded images, their intersection with pop-culture, and the hope and failure of these images to provide transcendence. The work is both a critique of these kinds of images and visual art. Perhaps as a result of the de-mystification of the post-enlightenment world or the unwillingness/inability to understand the miraculous, the work attempts reclaim images as transcendent or magical and not just aestheticized objects. At the same time, they recognize the inability to reclaim or understand them as such. Overall, like art in contemporary society, the theme is hope and failure and hope again (with some absurdity thrown in for good measure).”