from The Merced County Times
Merced College Art Gallery presents “Recent
Works” by Bay Area artist Monjett Graham, Tuesday
through Sept. 20. The Public is invited to meet
the artist at his gallery reception Sept. 6 from 6:30
to 8:30 p. m. Monjett described the series to be shown
in Merced as, “figurative, with a musical theme.”
Monjett’s distinctive mixed
media collage paintings reflect his highly original
and progressively developing view of the world. The
juxtaposition of found objects, natural materials, clothing
and lushly applied paints produces startling effects
that often edify as well as entertain…
Originally from the Midwest,
Monjett has been developing his humorous, often biting
style of painterly social commentary in the Bay Area for 20
years. One of his key influences was working for
the San Francisco Opera Company.
It took more than 10 years of diverse and intense experimentation
for the effects of working deeply with textiles and
multi-media effects to get in fulfilling his lifelong
desire to create beautiful and evocative works of art.
Graham often utilizes images from world mythologies
and nature as well as drawing inspiration directly from
the contemporary life in forming and naming his works.
The found objects frequently form the basis for a “neo-impasto”
by emphasizing a depth and texture separate from the
pains, often shaping a distinct art piece beneath the
He has been showing in galleries in both solo and group
shows since the early 1970s. His abstractionist representations
and construction pieces grace the walls of offices and
private homes across the United States.
His extraordinarily developed technical expertise combined
with his intuitive grasp of composition and order has
given form to an incredible new force in the art world.
His avant-garde styling may one day be compared to those
of the great art pioneers for boldness, daring and vision.
Merced College Art Gallery is located in the theater
building on W. Yosemite Avenue, between G and M streets.
Regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10
a.m. to 2 p.m.
During this exhibit, the gallery will also be open two
Friday evenings, Sept. 7 and14, in conjunction with
the Travel Lecture Series in the college theater.
For further information, call (209) 384-6064.
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