Abstract painter Melissa Ayr describes her very colorful art and demonstrates how to paint with air using a leaf blower. She also builds her own canvases. She discusses the role of the Juror in competitions she has judged and her experience as a gallery owner.
Gallery 85 presents The Red Zone a curated group exhibition focusing on the works by young emerging artists in the Bay Area along with mid-career artists. The theme of the exhibition will be a springboard to the gallery’s new space, the New Year and to highlight the Foundation’s mission.
Participating Artists: John Casey, Alexis Amann, Namita Kapoor, Christine Morla, Phe Ruiz, Melody Kennedy, Manny Silva, Casey Gray, Randy Bricco, Garett Malate, Bruni, Mark Gray, Lorraine Lawson, Jason Burton, Bruni, Mark Gray, Melissa Ayr and more.
“The Red Zone” Exhibition Opening Reception is being held January 14th, 2013 from 5-8PM. Artwork will be on display from January 14th through February 10th 2013.
Gallery 85 features work by Vernon Davis as well as work by established and emerging visual artists. The Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts promotes arts education and art appreciation for at-risk youth and awards college art school scholarships to inner-city youth. Best known as one of the NFL?s 49ers elite pass-catching tight ends, Davis is also a talented, trained visual artist who majored in studio art at the University of Maryland.
Contemporary Artist Paints with a Leaf Blower
Melissa Ayr Paints “Poppy Collection” with Air
Contemporary Abstract Artist, Melissa Ayr is an artist who paints with air. Ayr has emerged from her studio with a fresh perspective on contemporary painting with her unique practice of using a leaf blower to push paint on canvas. Ayr releases her latest works as a collection inspired by California, the Poppy Collection sets the tone and elements of this floral series with vibrant luminosity. Classically trained in the elements of composition, color and perspective, Ayr creates her own canvas and color pallet with a mixture of pigment, oil and acrylic. The Poppy collection is a body of work created entirely using air. Her instrument of choice is her signature leaf blower which enables Melissa to move layers of paint across the canvas with swift strokes creating an ethereal style that is neither tempered nor deliberate.
Ayr is not new to the concept of layering. There is a natural evolution that has taken place that has developed painting by painting and continues to evolve still. With experimentation comes new ground as she defines the style of work she builds. Ayr will often start with the colors at hand and expand. Pushing, pulling and mixing to create her unique art. Paint flows, it dries, it lies somewhere betwixt a liquid and permanence. With the addition of paint, layers form to create a background ripe for expansion or content to be present. Ayr applies the paint in translucent layers on the Canvas and is able to control the air to bend and shape into the essence of floral.
Melissa has been known to use non-traditional methods to produce her works. She has painted with her fingers, hands, arms, breasts, feet and her entire body often bathing in the colors she uses to create. Drizzling, pouring, flowing, throwing have been in her artistic repertoire as tools in her arsenal. Melissa is not attuned to any prescribed method, but chooses to be sporadic, spontaneous and unabashed in her approach to a new piece.
The art world awakens in Miami during the month of December for a host of premiere art fairs, events and all night parties. Art Basel Miami Beach, Red Dot, Pool, NADA Art Fair, Verge Art Miami Beach, and Art Miami will all be on view in early December.
The Poppy Collection will be featured at Red Dot Miami, DECEMBER 5th-8th, 2012. in Florida. Wynwood Art District, 3011 NE 1st Avenue (at NW 31st Street), Miami, FL 33137.
To find out more about the upcoming exhibition and artist Melissa Ayr visit http://www.melissaayr.com.
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About Artist Melissa Ayr:
Melissa Ayr, born in New York, is an international contemporary abstract artist. She was nationally recognized and selected as one of ten artists represented by Ruinart Champagne, a brand of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey. Her art is on the cutting edge of color with bold flowing blends of light and dark. Her style is colorful, vibrant, and full of texture. She incorporates high energy, fluidity, growth and life. She’s known for her rich vibrant color and her ability to create dimension on a flat canvas. http://www.melissaayr.com.
Melissa Ayr releases “Buttergirl” a contemporary 3D painting on a mannequin torso. Obsession with the perfect butt is embodied by the youthful structure used to sell the next hot product. Buttergirl originally comes out of a Sears display from a store that was closed down in 2011. Sears Roebuck and Co. has been a staple of the American dream and is fading, as is, the sticks of home sweet home. Consumerism has changed and the colorful faceless girl of America remains beautiful despite her flaws.
Buttergirl will be featured during the month of March and will be showcased at a Gala Champagne Reception on Thursday, MARCH 8, 2012. 6:00-8:00 pm in Chelsea. 511 West 25th Street #406, New York, NY 10001.