by Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund, Art Historian
Opening Reception: April 3, 6-9 PM
R. Wayne Reynolds - Infinity Takes Forever.
Studio 26 Gallery East Village 179 East 3rd Street
New York, Manhattan, NY 10009
April 4-29, 2015
Connoisseurship, confidence and a lifelong fascination with the arts are R. Wayne Reynolds notable attributes. The artist, who received his BFA in painting from The Maryland Institute College of Art is delighted to present six new works for his solo show at Studio 26 Gallery in New York City.
Born in 1953 in Virginia, Reynolds founded a Baltimore based company devoted to the 500 year old craft of gilding at the age of 25. Influenced by his professional career as a gold leaf conservator, he has been involved in the art market, museums, and both private and public collections of old and contemporary masters. Reynolds sold his company to Sotheby's in 1998, and moved to New York, where he finally returned to creating his own artworks.
In this show Reynolds focus is to present both his inner and outer journeys where vibrant visions become reality. To understand the artist’s intention he explains, “I believe that art is the end product that occurs when a creative idea is expressed with perfect clarity by the artist, thus allowing what was only an inner vision of one person, to be able to be shared in a tangible and believable form with all persons. I have a paramount obligation to myself and to the viewer to produce work with clear and concise information about the places I have been and the effects that they have had on me. I pay homage to the Impressionists and their celebration of complementary color, to Leonardo da Vinci for his relentless pursuit of merging art and science, to the precision of the Dutch Still Life masters, and to the history changing ideas of Picasso.”
The ability to visually convey a description of universal energy is his philosophical principle, and when he is talking about his aesthetic concept he says, “my only goal is to capture and share an image of the continuousness that I believe in. The universal symbol of infinity represents that endless path for me, with all points being equal, with no beginning, and no end. I invite the viewer to enter these spacescapes to explore, to consider, and to remember, that infinity takes forever.”
In these reverse painted panels on acrylic sheet, Reynolds works with a combination of precision and spontaneous action that produces a stream of surprise. All aspects of this compositions are important, and his choice of materials contribute significantly to the appearance and surface of each artwork. Gilding is one of the many techniques he utilizes to create the exoplanatory worlds of time and space found in these works. There is a purposeful equivocation between the physical and the metaphysical that endures in the paintings of R. Wayne Reynolds.
Among his exhibitions, his works were showcased at Nina Torres Fine Art, Miami (2015), Red Dot Miami (2014), Lowy Showroom, NYC (2013), Parallax International Art Fair, NYC (2013), International Contemporary Furniture Fair at Jacob Javitts Convention Center, NYC (2011), Rabbithole Gallery NYC (2010). R. Wayne Reynolds currently lives and works in New York City. Reynolds visionary work premiers to the New York audience in the ultra-hip Lower East Side at Studio 26 Gallery.
Studio 26 Gallery NYC
179 East 3rd Street (between avenues A and B)
Manhattan, New York, 10009
Phone: 212 300 4725
Wednesday to Sunday: 11 AM - 8 PM
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
Infinity Takes Forever.
R. Wayne Reynolds Solo Show at Studio 26 Gallery NYC.
The exhibition runs from April 4-29, 2015
Friday, April 3, 6-9 PM
About the Artist:
R. Wayne Reynolds
About the Author:
Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund
Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund, born in Zurich/ Switzerland, is an Art Historian and Managing Director at Art History Consulting (AHC). She studied Art History at Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (Germany), University for Foreigners Perugia (Italy) and London Guildhall University (UK). The art historian and art critic has written widely on modern and contemporary art. Her essays have been featured in monographs, exhibition catalogues, e-zines, journals and the online editorial department of Goethe Institute Inter Nationes.