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Willy Heeks
New Philosophies
Recent paintings

October 1 - October 31, 2015

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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 echoes of the natural world. In his sixth solo exhibition at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, New Philosophies, Heeks continues his exploration of technique by rotating the canvas and frequently changing tools. The artist lets the materials themselves - graphite, stencil, spray paint, among others - shape the visual dialogue of the work. Heeks combines diverse materials and his improvisational process giving the resulting work the illusion of a spontaneous collage.

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). His work is also in the collections of the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY) and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA).

 



Exhibtion Images


Inner Logic
oil and acrylic on canvas
2015
58 x 62 inches

 
 

Tu Es Fou
oil and acrylic on canvas
2015
46 x 44 inches

 
 

Theory
oil and acrylic on canvas
2015
58 x 56 inches

 
 

The Clearing
oil and acrylic on canvas
2015
77 x 74 inches

 
 

Sea Wreath
oil and acrylic on canvas
2015
77 x 74 inches

 
 

Presence of Mind
oil and acrylic on canvas
2015
52 x 55 inches

 
 

Methodology
oil and acrylic on canvas
2015
56 x 58 inches

 
 

Hypothesis
oil and acrylic on canvas
2015
64 x 62 inches

 
 

Tassel
oil and acrylic on canvas
2015
44 x 46 inches

 
 

 
 

 

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