DIMENSIONS 28" x 21.5" MEDIUM Acrylic paint, archival inkjet on Hanhemuhle museum etching paper
Hand-embellished series of 25+ 2APs + 2PPs, 2021
Signed and numbered by the artist en verso
ABOUT THE WORK
A vibrant and playful piece, Summer Wheat's acid-toned Watermelon pops right off the page. The enormous eyes with their expressive cow-like eyelashes immediately draw our attention. The exuberant character speaks of joy and contentment in the simple pleasures of life, a whole being consumed and engulfed by base carnal pleasure. As viewers, they remind us to look favorably upon our own tiny pleasures. Watermelon is available in a limited edition of 25. Each print has unique variations as the artist has hand-embellished each piece with acrylic paint.
Summer Wheat (b. 1977, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is known for her vibrant paintings, multifaceted sculptures, and immersive installations that weave together the history of art and craft,materiality, figuration, and abstraction. Each series engages individual and collective human experiences drawn from historical and contemporary sources that are mediated through a variety of references―Egyptian pictography, Native American art, medieval tapestries, eighteenth-century etchings, modernist abstractions and comic book illustrations. Recent solo exhibitions include the Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC); Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO); KMAC Museum (Louisville, KY); Shulamit Nazarian (Los Angeles, CA); among others. Wheat’s work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX); de Young Museum (San Francisco, CA); Peréz Art Museum (Miami, FL); The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA); The Mint Museum, (Charlotte, NC;) and the Speed Art Museum in (Louisville, KY).
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