About the Work
Melvin Way’s intimately-sized drawings, typically rendered in ballpoint ink underneath layers of scotch tape, display a liveliness, an ephemeral energy, a true sense of clarity captured amidst chaos. Featuring densely populated curves of scientific notations, mathematical equations, as well as other decipherable (and at times illegible) codings, Way’s work has a talismanic effect. Born in South Carolina, Way embodied a number of different lives in New York City — attending technical school, playing gigs as a bassist, all while managing the material conditions of schizophrenia, homelessness and drug addiction.
Melvin Way’s drawings are held in prestigious private and public collections including the American Folk Art Museum (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Collection de L’Art Brut (Lausanne) and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington, DC). His art has been featured in many group exhibitions including Alternative Guide to the Universe at the Hayward Gallery (London), as well as Approaching Abstraction (2008), Self-Taught Genius (2014) and Once Something Has Lived It Can Never Really Die (2016), all at the American Folk Art Museum. His work has also been exhibited at White Columns (New York) and Christian Berst Art Brut (Paris). Way currently lives and works in Ruffin Country, South Carolina.
Authentication & Resale
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Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Allow 3-5 weeks for framing and delivery.
All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced engineered hardwood that is manufactured in the USA. Frames are available in Black or White Matte and Walnut.
Prints are hinged to a conservation quality, acid-free and lignin-free Cellulose matboard, using acid-free polyethylene cloth tape. Each mat’s surface paper is fade and bleed resistant and is attached to a conversation quality foam-core board. Some of our work (typically those pieces with a deckled edge) is floated on the matboard with spacers to separate the artwork from the glazing.
We use museum quality .060 mm plexiglass to frame your work. It blocks 82-85% of UV rays to prevent color fading from exposure to light, protecting your art for years to come.
Our White and Black frames have a ⅞” wide flat face and are 15/16” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.
Our Natural and Walnut frames have a ¾” wide flat face and are 1 ⅛” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.
Any artwork that is floated will be placed in a frame that has a ⅝” wide flat face and is 1 5/16” deep. Work will be floated with a 1” border around it.
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