The SaxArt Gallery of Fine Art is pleased to present the art of Wendell Myers, opening February 27 through March 31, 2013. An opening reception with the artist is scheduled for Sunday, March 3 from 2-5pm. Music for the reception will be provided by pianist Pamela Howland.
"The March exhibit will be an exemplary show for Wendell Myers to showcase his signature style- both in terms of composition and color palette," says Suzanne Connors, SaxArt Gallery-Director. A Winston-Salem resident, Myers is known for his lively colored landscapes. His painterly interpretations of place and moment offer an open, uplifting quality to his landscapes and his liberated sense of color vitalizes each canvas.
“I am inspired by music; I always have music on when I paint. It might be jazz, blues, classical piano, world music; usually it’s a mix of everything," Myers says. "Another inspiration, of course is nature, the landscape, particularly wide-open spaces, expansive vistas. I am a true flatlander, having spent much of my childhood in the Great Plains of Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota, so big sky and open spaces turn me on. My paintings are abstract landscapes. Within the language of landscape, I am using motion, light, color and energy to evoke an emotional state, to create a sense of mystery.”
Myers played in a blues/rock band as a teenager, then went to art school in Milwaukee in the ‘70s, and spent the next years as a studio potter. Since then, life has taken him down different paths, but over the last decade he has returned to both music and painting.
“In both music and art, I am very interested in improvisation. I paint spontaneously, without a plan, letting the painting take me where it will go. I start by applying color to the canvas and see what happens, I respond with more color or texture, watch, react, paint some more, respond. This is a lot like jazz- listening, reacting and playing simultaneously. My goal is not to totally control what emerges, but to influence it-to allow, to a degree, the paint to do what it will. Often, in music or art, it is the unexpected result which is the most expressive and most enjoyable.”
About The SaxArt Gallery of Fine Art
Located in historic Saxapahaw, the SaxArt Gallery of Fine Art presents an outstanding collection of significant contemporary artists working in a variety of styles and media. For further information, please visit http://www.saxapahawartists.com or call 1-336-525-2394.