Emotion is a driving force in both the creation of art and its perception. Many artists seek to reflect certain emotions through their work. Some artists choose to leave emotion out of the creative results so that the audience favors their own response to a piece.
The Art Cellar Gallery is proud to represent artists of different creative styles. Our 2021 summer exhibition calendar gives collectors the opportunity to explore the creative nuances that make each of our artists unique. This week we will be hosting a solo show for Zoey Brookshire. Zoey has made a name for herself over a thirty-five year exhibition history, which includes 22 solo shows and 45 group shows. His honors include a prestigious South Carolina Fellowship in Visual Arts as well as numerous project grants.
Zoey’s work is distinguished by large, provocative moody pieces that cross themes of darkness and light. His paintings leave the door open for the viewer to generate their own emotional response to each piece; all are full of abstract images inspired by marked experiences of his past and present.
“Painting, for me, is above all an opportunity to explore the world through the imagination. Living as I do in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the wonder of the landscape has become a talisman, an endless line of communication that feeds my work as an artist. Even my most abstract works are informed by the presence of trees, the streams that flow under them and the clouds above them. The wind moving over the rippling grass tells me how the gesture brings patterns to life as the smallest knot of winter-scorched grass becomes a lesson in texture. I saw deer roaming the forest and invited them to be part of the work as well. Birds are always welcome and the rain is magic. And the human world: the celebration of the “little black dress” linked to the memory of a perfume that my grandmother once wore. The beloved cats who shared my life and the deep pleasure of knowing a little dog. All of these things and more found their way into my very dreams and in turn found their way into my paintings.
Magic. Above all, I hope to bring some magic to people who will be able to see my work: the magic of transformation – an everyday affair that is a great gift to all of us here on this beautiful planet. – Zoey Brookshire
Zoey Brookshire’s exhibition will take place at the Art Cellar Gallery from Monday May 31 to Saturday June 12. Join us for the chance to interact with Zoey and her works during an open house on Saturday June 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Art Cellar Gallery has prepared a very exciting lineup for this summer season that will feature other artists including Carolyn Blaylock, William Dunlap, Tony Griffin, Gregory Smith, Noyes Capehart and Raymond Chorneau. Visit www.artcellargallery.com for a full season schedule!