October 1 - October 31, 2015
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).