Show Preview | Caleb Meyer & Carl Kunz

District Gallery, Park City, UT
February 22-March 22

Caleb Meyer, Starting Out, oil, 30 x 40.

Caleb Meyer, Starting Out, oil, 30 x 40.

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Growing up in Idaho, Caleb Meyer recalls his classmates leaning over him as he drew at his desk. “You’re going to be an artist someday,” they told him. But Meyer didn’t take them too seriously. “I was just doodling,” he laughs. Today, Meyer is establishing himself as a professional artist with a promising career. (He first appeared in Southwest Art in September 2011 as part of the “21 Under 31” feature, our annual spotlight on emerging artists.)

After graduating in 2006 with a degree in art education, Meyer spent two years studying with renowned landscape artist Robert Moore. “A lot of my early work was influenced by him,” says Meyer, who uses palette knives, trowels, and big brush strokes to apply vibrant paint to canvas. Impressionistic landscapes, farms, and old trucks have been Meyer’s favorite subject matter in the past. Recently, however, he has been painting more urban subjects, including bicycles, street scenes, and lively cafés. This month, Meyer presents more than 20 new works in a two-person show at District Gallery in Park City, UT.

Carl Kunz, Miles Davis: Kind of Blue, oil, 36 x 36.

Carl Kunz, Miles Davis: Kind of Blue, oil, 36 x 36.

Meyer focused on transitions in light and color when creating works for this show, drawing a connection between these artistic elements and the human experience. Just as “we always remember times of transition in our lives,” Meyer says, “we’re often drawn to images of transformation in light and time of day—a sunrise, sunset, or light reflecting off of a building.” By portraying these transformational moments in his paintings, Meyer hopes to evoke an emotional response in viewers. “I want them to experience something spiritual, in addition to it being aesthetically pleasing,” he says.

The show also features 20 to 25 new works by Carl Kunz. Many of Kunz’s pieces in the show are part of his recent Iconic Album Series, in which he re-
creates well-known album covers as large oil paintings. Kunz also displays several new figurative works. “I most enjoy capturing people in portraits, but I am intrigued by many other genres as well,” he says. “I prefer to explore what moves me, rather than focus on a particular style.”

The show opens February 22 with an artists’ reception from 6 to 9 p.m., and runs through March 22. —Lindsay Mitchell

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