Sunday, September 03, 2006

‘UNREAL REALITIES: A Retrospective of W.C. Hemming Paintings from 1984 through 2006’

Lester Young by W C Hemming 1998 is part of my own art collection - charlie

Acme Art Company is pleased to announce Columbus native, WC Hemming’s exhibition, ‘UNREAL REALITIES’.

The exhibition is a retrospective of his works dating from 1984 to 2006. The work will comprise a timeline of his motifs: landscapes, portraits, memories and moments in time. Hemming has previously had art shows at the BCN Art Gallery in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain (2003), Costa Del Sol, Spain (2002, 2003), and these venues in Columbus: City Hall, Cultural Arts Center, Roy G. Biv and Lanning Gallery. He has also exhibited at Alana’s; Isabella’s Café Italia, numerous exhibits at the Short North Tavern and has done covers for the ‘Short North Gazette’. He has been a member of Acme Art Company since its inception in 1987.

Hemming, famed for his bar art depictions, is known for his paintings at Dick’s Den and other Central Ohio establishments. Educated at the Columbus College of Art and Design and The Ohio State University he has been painting since 1966.

Hemming’s paintings have the feel of outsider art, fully expressionistic, yet primitive - full of life with irony and humor depicted in rich colors. WC Hemming’s style is straightforward with most of the work in acrylic and canvas. His subject matter is influenced by musicians, famous historical / literary figures, topical events and humorous situations. He is a Boston Expressionist of the Jack Levine School and is inspired by Charles Bragg and Thomas Nast.

Hemming has produced hundreds of paintings ranging from moody landscapes to social commentary to unusual portraits and humorous parodies. Of his work, Hemming says, “I like to paint the human condition and my journey through life. I hope it can touch other people to search their memory for similar experiences. I value the human figure and try to add a little psychology in the emotions behind the paintings so that the expressions are an indication of my age and time and experiences.”

The Opening Reception is Friday, September 8th from 6 PM – 9 PM at Acme Art Company, 934 Cleveland Avenue – between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue. The reception is open and free to the public. The artist will be in attendance. The exhibition runs through October 21st. Please call 614.595.0340 for an appointment.

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