March 3 - April 7, 2018
ADDISON/RIPLEY FINE ART
1670 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20007
R-man's Vision, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 39 x 51 inches
NARRATIVE VISIONS: THE ART OF TOM MEYER
A colleague with a long, professional knowledge of Outsider Art introduced us to Tom Meyer's work recently and the experience was so raw, authentic and compelling that we immediately embraced the idea of an exhibition of it in the gallery. Since then, we have seen the artist work, prolifically, with admirable dedication, creating the narratives, characters, actors and participants in his visual stories. Meyer is a visionary with an enviable work ethic. He simply cannot stop painting. This selection of work is a mere sampling of a rich vein, chosen to give a taste of an artist painting for painting's sake.
When Jean Dubuffet and Andre Breton formed the Compagnie de l'Art Brut in 1948, they could not have anticipated how compelling the movement would become decades later. In a digital, high definition, airbrushed, arguably artificial world, Outsider artists offer a pure glimpse of unedited inspiration. Meyer is no exception. His work is equal parts benign and disturbing. Ghosts, devils, aliens and demons flirt with everyday objects, animated trees and animals fierce and household. The houses are domestic and slightly ominous. The larger paintings suggest complex narratives while the smaller ones are portraits or, in some cases, a catalogue of Jungian seeming symbols.
Chris Murray, unofficial exhibition curator and friend, wrote about Meyer's work: "Tom Meyer has been referred to as an 'outsider' artist. He is indeed a self-taught painter. Working primarily with acrylic on canvas or board, Meyer's paintings originate from impulses within his soul. He has referred to this collection, his first to be exhibited, as 'narrative visions'.
His cast of characters that inhabit his paintings give an account of his inner life and his imagination. They tell a story with his themes, "of redemption, forgiveness, acceptance, rejection and love," as he has described it.
Meyer has said, "I don't paint things, I paint ideas." His work is informed and inspired by a variety of ideas, from current events to ancient philosophy. Though an outsider or visionary artist, Meyer's work is part of a creative tradition with roots that include early American folk art and that has continued to evolve in numerous and dynamic ways up to today. Meyer has created a personal universe with his paintings, as many outsider artists have done. This exhibition is a dazzling display of that universe.
Addison/Ripley is very pleased to present this first exhibition of paintings by an exceptional artist. Our deepest thanks to Chris Murray of Govinda Gallery for the introduction to Tom Meyer and for his invaluable curatorial expertise.
For further information, images and price lists, please contact Ms. Romy Silverstein at Addison/Ripley Fine Art: or 202.338.5180.