GC Myers’ 22nd annual solo exhibition: Between Here & There is NOW OPEN! Join us for the opening reception this evening from 6-8:30pm. If you’re unable to visit us in person, click here to view the entire exhibition online. Click here for the best viewing on a mobile device.
GC Myers is a self-taught contemporary artist living in the Finger Lakes region of New York. He was led to painting in mid-life through an unexpected set of circumstances. After a serious accident that occurred while building his home in the early nineties, Myers found that his recovery time sparked his imagination and he began to experiment with painting. He soon fell in love with creating art. Ever since then he has been painting full-time and exhibiting his work throughout the nation. He refers to himself as a painter of “internal landscapes.” His work reflects numerous diverse influences such as, Art Noveau, American Regionalist and Modernist paintings, Eastern philosophy, as well as Abstract Expressionism. Vividly colorful, filled with evocative line and texture, his paintings manage to transform the landscape into a subject that is highly emotional and contemplative. Myers currently lives and works in Horseheads, New York with his wife Cheri.
“A certain blue enters your soul. A certain red has an effect on your blood-pressure.” Myers has connected this quote from Henri Matisse to his painting Invocation in Blue. “For me, blue is the color of the soul and spirit and red the corporeal, the blood and body. Blue is the ethereal. Red is the carnal” says Myers. “I think that is why both colors play such a large part in my work. Actually, they play large parts in the work of most artists. They are two of the three primary colors for a good reason.”
“But in my work they often symbolize those two parts in us as individual humans– the body and the spirit, the carnal and the ethereal. Having the two come to terms within the picture and within myself is often part of my aim, something I usually don’t recognize until I am examining the painting after completion.”
This year, Myers provided us with a new concept.. interiors! The artists own story for this painting Full Moon Fever “is that this is a cabin where Larry Talbot tried to hide from the moon, to no avail. Larry Talbot was the name of Lon Chaney’s character in the original 1941 werewolf movie, The Wolf Man.” That is just the artists take on the work, the painting is ultimately left up to the viewer’s imagination. The title was borrowed from Tom Petty’s album Full Moon Fever, the album that famously gave us Free Fallin’.
Myers has also introduced some new frames this year! His work is best known for featuring the Red Tree and amber frames handmade by a friend of the artist. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances Myers had to find some alternative frames. Therefore, he used his craftsmanship to make his own and introduce a new style.
“While it’s more work than I would like to take on on a regular basis” says Myers, “I generally like the results with the handmade frames. I like the idea of an artist-built frames to go with a painting, especially if it echoes the feel of the work. It adds something personal, something unique, to the work.”
“I think that is the case with these two. Like my work and myself, they are not perfect. You won’t see them in Fine Woodworking magazine anytime soon. But they feel quirky and definitely attuned to these pieces.”
“Plus, they are solid. They have a heft that makes me think that you could fend off a marauding team of grizzlies with one of these in hand. For all I know, they might even be bulletproof.”
“Hope I– or you— never have to find out if these claims are true.”
GC Myers’ solo exhibition will remain on view until Monday, June 28th. The sold works will be shipped or picked up within the next two weeks, but all unsold works will stay in the gallery until they sell. You can view the entire exhibition online by clicking here. If you’re on a mobile device, view here. Please email questions or inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.