Willy Heeks

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About the Artists:

Based in Rhode Island, Willy Heeks has been creating colorfully dynamic abstract paintings for over thirty years. Heeks explores complex spatial relationships through the use of pattern, organic line and fields of color. Using oil and acrylic on canvas, he weaves multiple layers of brilliant color that electrify the picture plane with hints of graffiti and the natural world.

Willy Heeks, born in 1951, has gained a national reputation, exhibiting in New York, Los Angeles, and throughout the United States. He received his BFA from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston in 1973, attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program that same year and in 1977 he received his MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. His work has been acquired by the Peabody-in Essex Museum (Salem, MA), Museum of Contemporary Art, (Detroit, MI), and the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH). He is also in the collections of the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA).

 

Biography:

Based in Rhode Island, Willy Heeks has been creating colorfully dynamic abstract paintings for over thirty years. Heeks explores complex spatial relationships through the use of pattern, organic line and fields of color. Using oil and acrylic on canvas, he weaves multiple layers of brilliant color that electrify the picture plane with hints of graffiti and the natural world.

Willy Heeks, born in 1951, has gained a national reputation, exhibiting in New York, Los Angeles, and throughout the United States. He received his BFA from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston in 1973, attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program that same year and in 1977 he received his MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. His work has been acquired by the Peabody-in Essex Museum (Salem, MA), Museum of Contemporary Art, (Detroit, MI), and the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH). He is also in the collections of the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA).

 

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Willy Heeks
New Philosophies
Recent paintings
October 1 - October 31, 2015
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Willy Heeks | My Findings
New Paintings
June 28 - July 28, 2012
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Willy Heeks
Ocean House

Recent oil paintings

November 5, 2009 - January 2, 2010
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Aqua Art Miami
Aqua Wynwood

December 5 - December 9, 2007
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WILLY HEEKS
February 1 - February 24, 2007
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PAINT
Judy Cooke, Louise Fishman, Willy Heeks, Tom Leiber, Joan Mitchell, Pat Steir
May 5 - July 2, 2005
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Willy Heeks
Jessyca Burke

December 2 - December 22, 2004
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