Visual Art from the Perspective of Deaf Artists
(Denver) – Access Gallery presents three deaf artists, Nancy Rourke, Tony Fowler and Warren Miller, whose latest work focuses on the deaf culture in America. “De’VIA” (Deaf View, Image, Art) runs October 19-November 10, 2012 at 909 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, October 19 from 5-9 pm and to participate in a workshop on Saturday, October 27 from 10 am to 2 pm. The gallery will also be open until 9 pm on First Friday November 1.
In the workshop, led by Nancy Rourke, participants will learn about the De’VIA movement and create a piece of art based on the themes of De’VIA—art of resistance and affirmation from the deaf perspective, experience or metaphor. Deaf and hearing people are welcome. The cost is $25 and includes all materials, supplies and refreshments. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch. Space is extremely limited so participants are encouraged to register as possible by emailing Damon at Damon@accessgallery.org.
The De’VIA movement was established in 1989 by eight Deaf artists. It represents Deaf artists and perceptions based on their Deaf experiences. It uses formal art elements with the intention of expressing innate cultural or physical Deaf experience. These experiences may include Deaf metaphors, Deaf perspectives, and Deaf insight in relationship with the environment (both the natural world and Deaf cultural environment), spiritual and everyday life.
Nancy Rourke employs brilliant colors, primitive elements, strong brush works, and flat compositions in her paintings. Her subject matter includes anything that she sees around her. She considers her style a Fauvism movement in today’s modern art. She studied graphic design and painting at the National Technical Institute of the Deaf and Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and earned a master’s degree in computer graphic design and painting.
Tony M. Fowler is a conceptual digital artist originally from Houston, Texas but currently lives in Parker, Colorado. Tony experiments with his own styles and techniques to communicate his concept and story in digital art format using both vibrant and grungy colors. He weaves many themes his art and manipulates them into collage photographs creating abstract, surrealistic and realistic pieces.
Warren Miller works with large-scale canvas to create a strong impact of color and style. His numerous years of graphic design experience transformed his paintings into a combination of Pop Art and Modern styles. He currently lives in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, but was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He studied in graphic design at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.