Five artists with five distinctive visual expressions combine to make a colorful and thought provoking exhibition that holds something for everyone. Byron May, Terry Hays, Kathy Robinson-Hays, Gene Mittler and David Tripp share with us their graphic vision.
Byron May is president of Graphics Industries, a full service printer and graphics company in Shreveport, Louisiana. His art work in this exhibit is a unique blend of experimental proprietary media painted on steel which results in fascinating layered and textured abstract designs.
He says of his work: “My art is a culmination of over 30 years in the graphic arts industry. Being in this creative environment has strengthened my ability to see how color, shape and design merge to form art. I enjoy the process of transforming what I imagine into what I produce. I take pleasure in turning the elements that are unassembled in my mind into something that excites and fascinates. Part of the uniqueness of my arts is its 3 dimensional qualities.”
“When viewing my work with the proper 3-D glasses the vibrant colors seem to leap off the picture plane. My paintings have depth you will feel you can walk into. Another unique quality of my art is the incredibly intricate and bold texture that tempts the viewer to reach out and touch. I want my art to stir the viewer’s creative senses. I hope that as you view my work, you’ll see something that both captivates and moves you.”
Born and raised in Texas, Terry Hays received a BS degree from West Texas State University and a Masters in Fine Art from Texas Christian University. Following graduate school, he spent eight years teaching painting and drawing at the University of Manitoba School of Art in Canada and several years teaching scenic painting in the theater department at Southern Methodist University. Terry and his wife, Kathy Robinson-Hays live in Duncanville and work out of their home studio.
Terry’s current focus as an artist is to look for inspiration from different cultures, especially Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, China, and Japan as well as popular street art and full body tattoos. Starting with fragments of images from these various sources, he cuts up, enlarges and tapes together various bits and pieces of imagery in an attempt to create a language of his own derived from these variegated cultural sources. His unique sculptural creations, fashioned from everything from plywood to tree roots, are covered with intricate design elements translated into Terry’s own personal statements about what art should be. firstname.lastname@example.org Represented by R02 Gallery
Kathy was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and now lives and works in Duncanville and Dallas, Texas, where she is an art and antique restorer/conservator specializing in porcelain and ethnographic objects, with Brown Mountain Restoration in Dallas. She and her husband, Terry Hays, are also co-owners of the Robinson-Hays Studios, specializing in scenic painting. She holds a BFA from the School of Art, University of Manitoba, and a MA in studio art from New York University.
Kathy and Terry work out of their home studio in Duncanville, Texas. Kathy’s recent work, featured in this exhibit, is comprised of fascinating and often humorous collage constructions. She utilizes cut paper, silk, tea and paint samples, advertising snippets, and graffiti to create almost cartoon-like characters into formal, yet free-form compositions. She works in a stream of consciousness, collaging elements of her past work as well as creating new elements and choreographing these on paper until they feel like they have landed and found their place on the page. email@example.com Represented by Ro2 Gallery
Dr. David M. Tripp is teacher of art history and philosophy at Martin High School, Arlington, TX, and Adjunct Professor of Religion and Humanities at Texas Wesleyan University. For the past fifteen years, he has developed his watercolor and collage theory to embrace yesterday’s communities and intellectual heroes kept alive by our visual memories and academic sentiments.
David is a native Missourian, growing up in St. Louis, sojourning with grandparents in rural southeast Missouri, and studying art in rural northeast Missouri. He has lived in Texas for the past thirty years. His watercolor subjects are drawn from a host of “recollections” from cities, small towns, and rural stretches throughout the midwest and southwest, particularly old Route 66. Almost none of his compositions are from a single site. Rather, each painting includes buildings and objects from multiple towns, combined into a single composition to depict Anytown, USA.
David is represented by Weiler House Fine Art in Hanley (East Fort Worth).
Professor Emeritus in Art from Texas Tech University, Dr. Gene Mittler spent most of his career as a university professor teaching criticism and other art related courses, and writing a popular series of art text books. Since retiring from teaching, he has been free to return to the making of art. Trained as a sculptor, his earliest works were done in welded metal. In recent years his attention has turned to mixed media relief compositions in which he combines his interest in spatial design with a concern for shape, color, and color relationships.
The distinctive technique employed in producing the work in this exhibit begins with nonobjective drawings which are transferred to mat board. These shapes are then cut out, painted and reassembled at different levels to form layers in shallow relief. The resulting compositions are both formal and expressive with a wonderful beauty of shape and line. Gene works from his home studio in Grand Prairie and he and his wife spend several months each year in Spain, her native county. firstname.lastname@example.org