So, Dave Watkins. Ever hear of him? No? Then you're in for real artsy treat, my friends, 'cause you're gonna get to know him right now!
Truth be told, I've been tryin' to arrange a friendly gab with Dave for many months, but time, circumstance and Mother Nature--not always in that order or combination--have conspired against us again and again. That is until last Thursday when we finally connected via that newfangled device called the telephone.
The most important thing to know about Dave is that he's an extraordinarily prolific abstract painter. Also, he's a remarkably modest feller who claims to be incapable of speaking about his work in any way resembling "fancy art talk." This, of course, means that he has more interesting, concrete and understandable things to say than all the highfalutin, ego-bloated, grandiloquent--yep, that's a real word!--artists floatin' around these days!
Dave works every artistic opportunity available, from art fairs to contests, restaurants to clubs, juried shows to, yes, even galleries--gasp! For some, that type of go-getter, no-venue-off-limits attitude is counterintuitive to the artistic temperament and, quite frankly, gets in the way of their cherished dedication to and cultivation of I'm-an-Artist persona. No doubt it's time consuming and energy draining, but ya don't get nothin' done by spending every waking hour loungin' around on your hipster keister and chattin' yourself up, do ya? No, ya don't.
So how can a down-to-earth, no-bull artist like Dave dare to make abstract art? Easy. That's who his is, people. Look at his paintings and look into his mind. Layers of color, line and texture that move from one corner to the other. Before you know it, your attention is drawn to another section, then somewhere else and so on, until you've covered the entire canvas. And that, in 2D, is what a mind looks like--specifically, what Dave Watkins' mind looks like--which is a fantastical and magical thing, and don't let anybody tell ya different.
Now that you've gotten to know a bit about Dave, chances are you'd like to view his abstract art/mind in person. As luck and his fortitude would have it, he'll be showing at The Best From Open Canvas show in the Pritzlaff Building, 325 N. Plankinton Avenue in Milwaukee, this Gallery Night & Day. Doors open tonight at 5PM and Saturday at 11AM.
Art Exposed At Hidden River