Wayne Paige Artwork

Wayne Paige

P.O. Box 729

Flint Hill, Virginia

22627


540.675.2293

540.687.5581 ext. 4014


Conflict, dreams and humor are characteristics of the work by Wayne Paige, whose art will be on display at Middle Street Gallery in Washington, Virginia from November 3 - 26. The drawing and painting exhibition, Before the After, represents an idyllic view of nature and the eventual outcome of human intervention. Paiges drawings focus on mythological landscapes of hills, waterfalls, and forests. The inhabitants are clothespins, which are seen floating, flying and fleeing from untold events, portending everlasting change. When change does occur, it occurs within the paintings. Unlike the drawings, Paiges landscape paintings focus on the outcome of encroachment and neglect. The land becomes toxic, the forests no longer exist, and the water becomes oil blackened. An orange glow permeates the landscape, and the inhabitants are left pondering. The nature of the work introduces us to the reality of a post-bucolic civilization and raises questions about contemporary life.

Wayne Paige has been exhibiting his art since 1972. (The artist who grew up in Chicago now lives in Flint Hill, Virginia). The current exhibition is his sixteenth one-person show. Paiges work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country (The Corcoran Museum, The Anderson Gallery, The Katzen Arts Center). His art received recognition by local and national publications (Art in America, The Washington Post) and are included in numerous public and private collections. Paige also received several awards including First Prize in The Fairfax Art Council awards, First Prize in The George Washington University Alumni Competition and a Special Recognition award from The Virginia Commission of the Arts.

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