Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Terry Meyer


Terry Meyer has a true admiration for the energy of his subjects; his abstract paintings and metal sculptures capture the calm of sailboats and the power of wild horses. Terry has had a passion for art his entire life, and he seems to encapsulate the essence of his subjects with abstract brush strokes and dreamy color palettes. It's not uncommon for his viewers to have an emotional response to his large scale paintings and sculptures, and it's easy to see why. 
Who are you and what do you do?

I am a self taught artist living in Eau Claire, WI, working mostly in oil and watercolor painting, but also do welded sculpture. I would say that I’ve always been an artist, and only in the last 10 years have I been able to address my passion full-time. I was a teacher for 30 years, and the art got done in between and at night. I love working with many different mediums including clay, paper, wood, metal and other materials. My work is shown in several galleries throughout the US including Woodbury, MN; Jackson Hole, WY; Durango, CO; Tubac, AZ; Hudson,WI, Eau Claire, WI; and Paoli,WI. Many of my pieces have been in both private and corporate settings.

What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?

Although I paint everyday for several hours, metal sculpture has been my focus for the last few months. I recently completed a 10’ three horse, welded sculpture which is currently on display in Eau Claire as part of our juried Sculpture tour. Another recently finished sculpture (of two horses) titled “The Dance” is available for viewing and purchase at the Kelley Gallery in Hudson, WI.

What do your customers love most about your work?

Reactions to my work are most gratifying, especially as I meet people at events where I’m showing. The power, motion and energy reflected in my work seem to affect people very profoundly. Their positive reactions indicate an appreciation for the abstract, essence of the work, evoking an emotional reaction. Much of my work is large scale, and there is always interest in the large statement it makes.

How does the city you live in influence your work?

It is the dynamic, accepting nature of this growing city (Eau Claire, WI) that influences my work. Age groups across the spectrum, from millennials to baby boomers, are collaborating to create an artistic energy in Eau Claire, which I’m proud to be a part of. It’s been great to get caught up in this momentum and as a result, has broadened the scope of my work.

What are some other inspirations for your work?

The color and lines of nature, the power and energy of horses, and the peaceful presence of sailboats are my main inspirations as reflected in the work. But it is the essence of an object or animal that I assimilate into a piece. I don’t paint copies of my subject matter, I paint their essence. 
Check out more of Terry's work online, and be sure to stop by his booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!


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