‘Cooley-McNamara’ opening reception April 28

Published 10:54 am Friday, April 20, 2012

“Muddy Waters,” by Gary Cooley. (photo submitted by Kim Nelson)

McNamara splits his time between New York and Detroit, painting full time after being a professional illustrator for more than a decade. McNamara paints from life on the streets and captures the flavor of wherever he is on canvas. He painted emotional pieces during the aftermath of 9/11 and is a featured artist at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
A short film documentary by Martin J. Spinelli, “New York Canvas – The Art of Michael McNamara,” shows McNamara at work in the streets of the city.
“Much of my work explores the complexities of the urban environment, both graphically through the geometric relationships of an intricate man-made infrastructure, and emotionally by depicting the effects and conditions which this environment creates for the community,” McNamara said. “Using color and value to establish the emotional impact of the subject, I emphasize the repetition of form and overlapping planes to create rhythm and space. It is a sense of spiritual content which binds it all together by revealing the struggle, as well as the beauty, which exists all around us, yet so often remains unnoticed.”
Skyuka Fine Art is located in downtown Tryon at 133 N. Trade St. Visit www.skyukafineart.com, call 828-817-3783 or email info@skyukafineart.com for more information.
– article submitted by Kim Nelson

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