Internationally renowned artist Charles Dwyer comes to Grand Rapids for the May 28th opening of his solo exhibition at LaFontsee Galleries.
Dwyer achieved immediate success when his first one-man show in New York at the 1992 Art Expo sold out. This was followed by further success at the 1993 Chicago Art Expo, and subsequent New York Expos. He soon developed an enthusiastic following throughout North America where his work is avidly collected. During this time, as well as working on his own creative vision, Dwyer used his skills to restore landmark historical locations, from a dome in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Indiana, to the murals of the Waldorf Astoria, NYC.
Dwyer’s style mixes a strong abstract and design foundation with minutely and sensitively observed figure studies. Typically Dwyer positions his model within a complete tableau, which includes costume design; make up, backdrops and props. He then captures the image using a camera with a 6 x 7” or 4 x 5” frame. This is the starting point for an individual & idiosyncratic exploration of the image in which color, pattern, and art historical and pop culture references are combined with Dwyer’s exquisite drawing skills. In the end Dwyer’s women are beautiful, enigmatic, colorful, reflective, inviting, and dazzling–but always just beyond our reach.
The artist will be present at the Thursday evening opening. Exhibition on display through Saturday, June 20th 2020.
Everyone is Welcome, Dress is Casual, Admission is Free. For more information contact the gallery at 616-451-9820 or visit https://www.lafontsee.us/charles-dwyer