Wayne Conyers’ artwork is on display in the Carriage Factory Gallery.
For McPherson’s Wayne Conyers, retirement was a big deal. He had taught art for 44 years, most recently at McPherson College before retiring.
Working through his feelings of retirement led to his latest work, Free Falling Series: Taking a Leap into the Great Unknown.
“I’m going to be in a free fall without knowing what in the world is going to happen,” Conyers said, pointing out elements of the painting. “This totem that comes off the ledge is me. There are people who notice how I am doing. The monopoly house is my security, which plunges into uncertainty. “
Conyers began teaching in Baldwin, Kansas. He spent nine years there before venturing to McPherson. In 2018 he retired from teaching and opened his own studio.
Conyers Studios, 532 N. Eby St. McPherson, is focused on promoting Wayne Conyers watercolors and functional ceramics through galleries and exhibitions.
His painting series on free falling is part of his new exhibition “Whimsical Situations and Impossible Realities” at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton until October 12, 2021.
Conyers said one benefit of retirement is more time to paint – a work that may have taken him years in the past now takes months, which Conyers measured is fast.
Each piece has thousands of tiny tri-color tiles painted in watercolors. His work is meticulous and filled with what he calls “eye candy”.
“One of the things that I’m very aware of is mixing colors visually, not physically mixing colors. I like to put multiple colors close together and how does the eye put them together to create a particular color or tone, ”said Conyers.
In addition to the free-falling series, there are several other themed series in the show – paintings on the subject of appropriation, his interest in theoretical physics, personal questions and experiences, and painting for fun.
On the subject of appropriation, Conyers borrowed from Henri Matisse’s “Green Stripe” to create “Red Stripe”. The basic shape of the woman is similar, but Conyers definitely made it their own with incredibly detailed pops of color.
“I have no problem appropriating other people’s pictures and somehow making them mine. Just copy, that’s different. I really enjoy appropriating images and working with them to personalize them, ”said Conyers.
The five paintings known as Quantum Chromodynamic Fluctuations # 1-5 have the look of a quilt rather than a complicated physical concept, but knowing the process that goes into them gives them meaning and depth.
“Bizarre Situations and Impossible Realities” can be seen until October 12, 2021 in the Susan Koehn Gallery in the Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St. in Newton. For more information, see www.carriagefactoryartgallery.com.
Check out the video catalog and some insights from Conyers here: