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2021 Collector's Vision International Art Award Recipient!
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From Contemporary Art Curator Magazine:
We are proud to recognize Garry Scott Wheeler by presenting him with the 2021 Collector’s Vision International Award. This Award is meant to recognize and encourage the outstanding achievements and potential of today’s artists. It is awarded to an artist who has achieved a body of work of major cultural significance and celebrates current artists who share their talent and heritage with the world. It is a highly anticipated Award presented to the most outstanding and talented artists working in the art world now. The recipient of the Award is chosen by an independent, international jury made up of art world experts: owners of galleries, curators, art collectors and art fair consultants. Here is the link to my interview with Contemporary Art Curator Magazine: https://www.contemporaryartcuratormagazine.com/collectors-vision-international-art-award/garry-scott-wheeler?rq=Garry%20Scott%20Wheeler
From Rangsook Yoon, Judge for Fort Myers Beach Art Assocation "Beyond Boundaries" January 2021 show
"Garry Wheeler's "Happy Place" was awarded the Lee Ackert Memorial Award for use of color. Deeply rooted in the aesthetics of urban graffiti art, the work is full of colorful rhythms and energies. The work also seems to be a direct response to colorful buildings, stores, water and quirky charms of Fort Myers Beach."
From Elita Borgogelli, Curator, Kromatic@rt at M.A.D.S Museum in MIlan, Italy
"Travelling is fundamental to Garry and he draws inspiration from it for his works. They come to life from the dreams that the artist puts on canvas. That's what happens in "Happy Place". For this work Wheeler paints in an abstract way shapes and animals, seen in dreams, all enriched by the use of vivid and mostly warm colors. A mosaic of forms is created, releasing energy and strength and reflecting the artist's subconsciousness. The position of colors and lines convey a sense of balance to the work. The same thing happens in "Menagerie" and "Outreach". In the first painting, we find the summary of a dream where animals, birds and aliens are the protagonists. The colors are colder than the previous work, probably also due to the elements the work takes inspiration from. Similarly to "Happy Place" softer shapes are combined with more squared ones, generating a geometric construction. In "Outreach", on the other hand, the contours of the shapes seem to be more outlined by using a thicker white brush stroke. It is also inspired by music. The chromatic combination that we find in his works, brings out their expressiveness. Dreams and music have always played an important role for artists, who are inspired by them to produce their art. What we feel while dreaming and listening to music is something that detaches itself from reality, bringing us in a parallel world of emotions, letting us live life with another energy."
From David Dapice:
"A celebration, a positive spirit, and an energy that includes motion, variation, overlay, understatement — it’s all there — everything from calamity to order — presented through your eyes — with variety that invites me to imagine my own world within the work. I’m also struck by the palette of your work, perhaps influenced by your location — color that is alive, strong, passionate and very deliberate. I suppose to sum it up, I’d suggest that the works are “engaging” — they call the viewer into them. As a theme, I think “what will YOU find in the artwork?” — That’s pretty magical. Somewhere between you and the viewer is the meaning of the piece! I commend you on your interpretations. I get joy, and aspiration from your compositions — and that’s a wonderful thing. I hope that others too can feel that energy, and it’s my hope that your intention is to bring that forth for others."
From Tom Villemure:
"Garry Scott Wheeler's art asks the big questions that have always kept philosophers busy. The delightful, whimsical pieces belie questions about love, eternity, and man's search for meaning. For instance, "Happy Place" asks us to contemplate what is important in the mundane repetition of everyday life - what really makes us happy? The piece conveys motion and busyness and it is up to us to determine what part of that is important and where we fit into the picture. In another piece, "Menagerie", we are asked to contemplate our place in the universe. Various life forms seem to meld together in a captivating but dizzying way. Where do we fit in this cosmic zoo that we inhabit? Good art should make us think, and Garry's work captivatingly does that."
From Lori Kendall:
“I love abstract art. For me, the emergence of abstract expressionism from 20th century artists shows us artists that broke free from the structural forms of inanimate and frozen cubism. Art from the New York School and the second wave is emotive, and tells us that the world is changing all around us – we don’t know what the future holds, but we find our place through movement and experience. Your work reminds me of William de Kooning in the New York School style and the influence of Wassily Kandinsky after his return from the Bauhaus in the great synthesis when he shook off geometric patterns and returned to his inner landscape. Your work is intense but exuberant. Kind of like you!”
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