ATLANTA, Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- September Gray Fine Art Gallery is pleased to present The Nature of Art featuring works by landscape painter Richard Mayhew and abstractionist Freddie Styles.
Although occupying different locations on the spectrum from figurative to abstract, when juxtaposed together the commonalities between the works of Mayhew and Styles take center stage. The Nature of Art transports viewers out of the gallery and into a space where the transcendent power of the natural world reaches an apex of beauty and serenity.
The exhibition will be on view from Oct. 14 through Dec. 2, 2016 at the Buckhead location of September Gray Fine Art Gallery at 75 Bennett Street, Suite O-2 in Atlanta. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Oct. 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Renowned as one of America's preeminent landscape artists, Richard Mayhew's evocations of place are poignant rather than precise. Working from memory, his lush renderings of nature encapsulate the emotional experience of a panorama with a beauty that is entrancingly peaceful, sensual and spiritual.
Nature, though more subtly integrated, is ever present in the work of Freddie Styles. His abstract collages and paintings suggest or incorporate rather than represent specific vegetative forms. For Styles, the uncertainty inherent in his process is part of the artistic vision, and the interplay between texture, pattern, and color that develops alludes both to our ability and inability to control nature.
The Nature of Art will include never-before-shown work from Styles' "Pine Needle" series and pieces from a series of large new collages. It will also include groupings and individual pieces from a series of eight-inch by ten-inch collages on canvas that have never been shown.
About Richard Mayhew:
Born in Amityville, New York, in 1924 of Cherokee, Shinnecock and African American descent, Richard Mayhew has enjoyed a long and distinguished career with over 30 solo exhibitions. Considered one of the most important artists of his generation, his works are included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum, The Whitney Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Smithsonian, The National Museum of American Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, to name only a few. Retired from his position as professor emeritus at Pennsylvania State University, Mayhew currently resides in Soquel, California, where he continues his work.
About Freddie Styles:
Now a resident of Atlanta, Freddie Styles was born in Madison, Georgia in 1944 and attended Morris Brown College. He has served as an artist-in-residence at Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College and Clayton State University and, from 2003 to 2008, as director of City Gallery East in Atlanta. His works can be found in numerous public and private collections including the HIGH Museum, Hartsfield‐Jackson International Airport, MOCA GA, Spelman College Museum of Art, the City of Atlanta, Clark Atlanta University Collection, Metro Health Center Collection, The Saint Louis Museum, King and Spalding Collection, Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection, Kenneth and Cynthia Prince Collection, Robert W. Woodruff Library, The IP Steinbeck Museum and Planetarium, Atlanta Housing Collection, Paul Jones Collection, University of Delaware, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Brenda and Larry Thompson Collection, The Georgia Museum and Absolut Vodka Collection.
About September Gray Fine Art Gallery:
September Gray Fine Art Gallery (SGAG) is the nation's premier gallery specializing in contemporary works by established, mid-career and emerging African American and African diasporic artists. Now in two locations in Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward and Buckhead, SGAG is committed to presenting historically and culturally significant works as a means for championing the preservation of the African diasporic cultural legacy and narrative. SGAG denudes the intricacies of the art market by assisting corporate and private collectors with articulating and executing single acquisition and long-term collection strategies that both honor their individual tastes and advance their short-term and long-term investment goals. SGAG offers a comprehensive range of complementary fine art, curatorial and consulting services to private and corporate clients and is conversant in the discreet assessment, acquisition and placement of fine art within its exclusive network of collectors. Mission-driven, September Gray also is committed to promoting the arts locally and elevating talented artists to positions of influence globally.
Currently on view at September Gray Fine Art Gallery's Buckhead location are works by Kevin Cole, Alfred Conteh, Kevin Okeith, Charly Palmer, Michael Scoffield and Freddie Styles. Also on view through October 21 at the gallery's Old Fourth Ward location is an exhibition of new works by Lillian Blades titled Fractal Reflections.
The Buckhead gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and by appointment. The Old Fourth Ward gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.septembergrayart.com.
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