Mel DeWees

February 10, 2012


exhibit by aberson is pleased to announce their representation of Mel Dewees

Artist’s Statement

Creating art to me is an essence. A way of being. Since early childhood art was an escape from a troubled and humbling life. Through losing my parents I became face to face within a world that was unforgiving and full of hardship. Within art I found a presence. A presence in which I could establish a voice in which to speak from. 

As a child I found that recreating life through art was very easy. Early on I begin drawing and painting representational. I began studying techniques from the masters of classical figurative art . At the time it seemed very natural, and unforced. It was then when I began to attract positive attention from this world that seemed for so long to be difficult to exist within. For the most part everyone seemed to associate better with the idea of representational art. So it was not until early in college did I openly introduce myself to abstract or non-representational art. Art then became an open window of possibilities. I found that learning the basics of drawing, painting and theory of color were detrimental in my learning process as an abstract painter. 

I began developing a voice through line drawing. After numerous classes of figurative study I found that drawing was very pivotal for me as an artist to obtain my own sense of reason. The line became my visual voice. I felt through the line I could tell stories that for so long had no voice. 

My paintings tend to have a light background in which I associate it with the idea of it being a sketch pad. I like having a flat plain in which I can work on top of. This allows the painting to be treated as a sketch, therefore allowing the drawn line to play a pivotal role within the work. I like to think of my work as a sketch as opposed to a painting. In which I see the body of work being more of a spontaneous visual diary. 

The love of music has also been very influential in my work. The mood a song can create is what I thrive to do with painting. I find that the process of creating a painting is very similar to that of structuring a song. There are many vital parts within both that must coincide in order to bring that cohesive calmness. In that calmness is where I find a sense of solace.