Candy for the Eye and Food for the Soul
On View May 9 – July 8, 2018
Warrior Way Gallery
Reception: Saturday, May 12 6pm – 8pm
Gene Moty, a retired Air Force officer, creates contemplative, whimsical paintings using traditional materials. Inspired by the Bauhaus and De Stijl art historical movements, Gene focuses on pure abstraction and simplicity by incorporating geometric shapes, perpendicular lines, grids and primary colors in his work.
In Candy for the Eye and Food for the Soul, Gene engages with the viewer by creating moments of intricacy describing his work as simple yet complex; intimate yet distant; and subdued yet bold. The subject matter of the compositions isn’t immediately discernible; however, there is a notion of life experience, family and foundation that seems evident. This comprehensive body of work explores the concept of truth and transparency, and as best quoted from De Stijl Dutch artist, Theo van Doesburg, “…nothing is more concrete, more real than a line, a color, a surface”.
Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to present Warrior Way, an exhibition space designated for artwork by active, duty, retired and veteran service members.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Gene Moty is a retired Air Force officer with undergraduate and graduate degrees in business. A self-proclaimed late-life-artist his journey in art started in 2014 when he began his fine arts studies at Northern Virginia Community College. In 2016 he decided to establish himself as an artist and has been actively building his body of work with an eye towards expanding into sculpture. In 2017 he became an exhibiting artist at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center as part of the Arches Artists group. You can see more of Gene’s works on his webpage www.genemoty.com or follow him in Instagram at www.instagram.com/genemotyartist/.