VISTA LIGHTS 2011

      City Art celebrates the season with new large abstract mixed media paintings by Charlotte artist Rod Wimer taking over the main gallery. Live artist demonstrations by Steven Whetstone painting en plein air outside and Lee Monts painting watermedia inside. Cindi Saad sets up in the front of the main gallery with glamorous handmade jewelry. The art supply store downstairs will have specials and sales.


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My current abstract collaged works are all about my never ending experimentation with found objects and my love of texture and color in all its forms.

These large format canvas collages are constructed of an undergirding of acrylic paint, oil pastel, and graphite. I then continue to build layers with both found and hand-made papers, fibers, and more layers of paint and pastel. I am heavily influenced by the clean lines of mid-century modern design, and yet, I also love the veiled chaos of abstraction in the organic nature that surrounds us. These abstracts are homage to both.

I am constantly looking for new ways to invent textures, along with the juxtaposition of forms, and the relationships of colors, to bring dynamic impact to my work. I want to catch the viewer’s attention and draw them in, hopefully, to leave an indelible visual experience. I love Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote….

If eyes were meant for seeing- than beauty is its’ own excuse for being."

     Skilled at the melding of contemporary styles, Rod Wimer blends sensitive tonality with vivid color to compose paintings that define visual aesthetics.      Collectors of this artist’s work often comment on his range and versatility. His subject matter includes abstracts, landscapes, and contemporary human figures. His media of choice dance from watercolor and acrylic, to colored pencil, pen & ink, and oil pastel. His abstract works are a combination of these media added to the infusion of collage.
     Born in 1960 and adopted by missionary parents, Rod’s first eighteen years were spent in Africa. During those years, his family made several trips to Europe, and time spent on both continents further developed his passion for color form and texture.
      1978 brought Rod to Charlotte, NC to advance his art education. There he worked with nationally recognized artist and educator Sally Miller, who stressed all aspects of basic design with a strong emphasis on abstraction of subject matter.
      Rod moved to Hawaii in 1981 where he worked with noted artists Daniel Yee, Kaiome Higa, and Cameron Jones, while attending ongoing education classes in Honolulu. He joined the Oahu Artists Guild in 1985 and became known for his botanical watercolors.
      1988 brought Rod back to Charlotte where he now lives and continues to work as a professional multi-media artist. His work is in private and corporate collections across the continental US, as well as Hawaii, Canada, France, The Netherlands, and Great Britain.
Corporate clients and interior designers currently seek his abstract paintings.

 

PHOTO GALLERY

RW A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints (48x60)
RW Contact in Red Square (48x48)
RW Gods and Monsters II (36x48)
RW Holiday in Cambodia II (38x50)
RW MEDUSA (36x36)
RW No Blue Thing (48x60)
RW Rag and Bone (48x60)
RW Ritual II (54x54)
RW Summer Cannibal (48x60)
RW St George and the Dragon (36x48)
RW The First Language (48x48)
RW Thought Criminal (36x48)
RW Warning Totem in the land of the Borderlines III (48x48)