Tony Myers
Tony Myers

October 2011
“The Israel Suite”

This body of work is inspired by the artist’s recent visit to Israel, where religions and cultures converge.

Artist’s Statement:

The Israel Suite is the culmination of a year’s work that began with a month long trip to Israel in September – October 2010 and ending with this exhibition which will be shown in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in October 2011 at the Art Sales and Rental Gallery and at the Art Gallery on Kibbutz Yagur in Israel in January 2012

The current body of work consists of a series of twelve, small edition, hand printed images. The images employ relief printing techniques to explore personal content drawn from memory, on site sketches and primarily imagination.

The arch, referencing both stained glass windows and Romanesque architecture, has been chosen as a motif for this body of work. The arch is an architectural element that dates back to the second millennium BC and is ubiquitous in Israel. It is a form that relies on compression rather than tensile strength. The strength of Israel is similarly viewed as being drawn from compression of history, culture, politics, religions and peoples into a small space. The arch motif further references stained glass windows that can be found in Muslim Mosques, Jewish Synagogues and Christian Churches. All three of these major monotheistic religions have their holiest sites in Jerusalem and the windows span the history from ancient times to the modern stained glass wonders of Mark Chagall.

My work draws on the traditions of Western relief printmaking, from medieval woodcuts of the 15th Century to Paul Gaugin, Edvard Munch and the German Expressionists at the turn of the 20th Century to the neo Expressionists of the 1980s and beyond. The tools and materials employed in this approach lend themselves well to the simplification of forms and expressive content. My work is representational and narrative; informed by observed reality without being constrained by it.  Subject matter is drawn from contemporary political issues, folklore and personal experience.

About Tony Myers:

Tony Myers came to printmaking after a 25 year career in the not-for- profit sector. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Leisure Studies. Tony studied printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He is a member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Printmakers Association and he teaches printmaking in public schools and community organizations. Tony has exhibited in Canada, The United States, Korea, Japan, and China. His work is held by the Art Bank of Nova Scotia and in private collections in Canada, The United States, Cayman Islands, Australia and Israel.

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Pictured: Tony Myers, " Orthodox Boys " , Multi-block linocut

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