Myke Venable’s current work deals with clusters of acrylic painted canvases. Venable combines multiple canvases, creating opportunity for each composition to produce a unique energy. Reduced down to minimal materials, Venable is able to explore infinite possibilities. Some pieces juxtapose complimentary colors, others explore the nuances of monochrome.
The intense color saturation results from numerous layers of paint. The individual canvases hang on a diagonal creating a much more dynamic visual display. These simple yet lively groups resemble Tetris blocks poised in mid-air or molecules in the act of splitting or combining. Venable takes the basic building blocks of painting, shape and color, and rearranges them into surprising and delightful combinations.
Houston artist Venable was born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1966 and received his BFA and MA from Lamar University. His work is reviewed in “New American Paintings West” Vol 102 and hangs in collections such as Hess Energy and Puffer Sweiven, Houston and the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas. He has worked in New York and currently lives in Houston.