From October 5-26, 2018, New City Arts presents Drawings from Jail, an exhibition of pen drawings by Michael Doyle. This series of illustrations was drawn over the course of a year the artist spent in jail and explores themes ranging from isolation to redemption.
You have heard it said that a picture can say a thousand words. A picture can also say things you have no words for. How do we explain the complex workings of our ever evolving psyche? How can we capture something that has no form and never stops moving? Something that is not quite a feeling nor yet even an idea? Can we grab hold of a visual image that conveys a vast mystery? I guess that's the artist's job.
MEET THE ARTIST
Michael Doyle is a sculptor and a master carpenter. He also draws.
Michael graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design before moving to Vermont to work as a sculptor's assistant to David Strohmyer, making large-scale steel sculptures. In 1989, Michael moved to Virginia and started his own business called Sculpture and Iron Works as well as a carpentry contractor business. He now works as a lead carpenter for Lithic Construction and does pen drawings because he can carry the necessary tools in a knapsack.
This Welcome Gallery Exhibit Opening Receptions is sponsored by Lithic Construction, Reason Beer, Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee, and Ting, and is supported by a Bama Works Fund grant. As always, this exhibit opening reception is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.
Located at 114 3rd St. NE, Welcome Gallery is downtown, storefront art space in Charlottesville, VA, run by New City Arts Initiative, a non-profit community arts organization. This same location houses NCAI staff offices and a studio space.