The Steady Hand/ GC Myers

This Friday evening the West End Gallery will host  a reception for an exhibit of new paintings from artist GC Myers, beginning at 5 PM and running until 7:30 PM.  Music will be provided by William Groome and the show will hang until September 2.

The West End Gallery was the first gallery to exhibit Myers’ work back in 1995 and through the years the distinct style of his paintings has attracted a devoted group of collectors here and abroad.  He has had thirty solo exhibits at galleries around the country and this is his eleventh with the West End Gallery.  Next year, Myers’ work will be the subject of an exhibit at the renowned Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY which will run from August 17 until December 31, 2012.

This is a new painting from the new show, a 24″ by 30″ piece called The Steady Hand.  Here is a bit of what the artist said about this painting in his blog, Redtree Times:

This is a new piece, a 24″ by 30″ canvas, that I recently completed. It’s a very dense painting, filled with a lot of compositional elements and deep colors. Far from some of my more sparse landscapes, there seems to be a lot going on here visually but I think that there is still a great sense of quietude and stillness in this piece. Perhaps this is captured in the darkness of the sky with the brighter light of the sun breaking over the distant hills.

There’s something I really like in this piece that I can’t put my finger on at the moment. There’s a certain earnestness in it that I find attractive. Maybe earnest is not the right word. Unaffected innocence? Naive? Uncynical? I don’t know. This is one of those many times when I find myself struggling to describe what I see in a piece.

The one word that does come to mind is unwavering. I don’t know if I see that in the context of unwavering innocence or unwavering belief but there is a quality of solidness in this painting that brings up the word. Steadfast. Assured of what it is and its place in the world. Unpretentious.

He later wrote:

Someone suggested that this painting reminded them of the Sermon on the Mount and though I never saw it in those terms, it fits well with how I see this painting, especially in the steadfastness of the Red Tree.  It seems to loom over the valley as some sort of moral guide.

We hope to see you this Friday for this show.


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