Aaron Morvin

New Artist - P Brewster by Steve Willingham

It's that time again. Sadly, Bek Barkocy's acrylic paintings, one of our best art showings ever is gone. But now we have an amazing new show from P Brewster. The pieces are powerful and colorful, and we couldn't be happier about working with her.

ANOMALY mixed media on canvas

ANOMALY mixed media on canvas

P Brewster is a pseudonym for an anonymous local Oklahoma City artist. While she does strive for her art to be appreciated by the masses, she finds that anonymity provides her "the freedom to create" and to "escape the expectations that can sometimes taint the creative process."

To P Brewster, the creative process is the whole point. "I often find the career I was formally educated and trained for to be rigid, demanding and stressful. Two years ago I discovered that painting was a safe way to deposit the chaos of emotions that can brew within. It is only recently that I have made the decision to share my work publicly."

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"Much like the dichotomy between rigid and freedom, or recognized art and an unknown artist, my work itself could easily appear conflicting. Each piece shares a thread of organically controlled disorder. The bold and intentionally chosen color palettes create a playful contrast when clusters of happy accidents all merge to form a perfect union. My style and technique of organized upheaval have developed through years of self-exploration."

As always, the artwork hanging at Clarity is available for sale. If you're interested in learning more about this, contact the curator: Aaron Morvan

MIDNIGHT MARCO mixed media on canvas

MIDNIGHT MARCO mixed media on canvas

New Artist - Alexis Austin by Steve Willingham

We’ve loved having Aaron Morvan’s work in the shop these last few months and are excited to welcome Alexis Austin’s work to the shop!

“I feel uncomfortable calling myself an artist. So I don’t. I paint and I make. Producing what I do, gives me a feeling and if I have a goal at all, it is maybe to invoke feelings and thought in others. Even if the reactions are sometimes negative. While my paintings can be quite dark and a little sardonic, I think it is important to acknowledge the scared parts of us, or the secret feelings we don’t share with others.

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Working with various fabrics, Alexis is able to use various textures to create more dynamic features in her work. A few pieces in the shop are inspired by drawings made by her five year old daughter where Alexis “made them into somewhat jarring and brazen characters that have become some of [her] favorites to look at.”

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“I view my works together as a series of mistakes, a mistake being something which was unintentional. I make the mistake, learn from it and take it into the next one. Whether I have a plan or not, because sometimes I do not, I most always start with something that is out of my control. By doing this, I become open to things I haven't thought of, or I become frustrated and force myself out of a bad situation and into a better one. What I am left with is a thing to look at that is deeply personal, something from my brain, and something that is mine.”

It's been awesome having Alexis’ art in the shop these last few days! Next time you’re in the shop, take a moment and explore what secret feelings our new art reveals inside you!

 

New Artist - Aaron Morvan by Steve Willingham

We're sad to see Catherine Freshley's amazing landscapes leave our space, but it's very exciting to have our good friend Aaron Morvan bring in his art.

Years ago, Aaron and I worked together. He left that job to pursue his own career in art and design, starting Hang On Design, doing some freelance design work, and using his skills and connections to find great local artists to pair with local businesses (like Clarity). He's the man responsible for curating all of the art we've featured!

Photo courtesy of Aaron Morvan

Photo courtesy of Aaron Morvan

The collection he has at Clarity is made up of two different series. Aaron explains, "The first one I’ve been working on for a while: they’re darker and feature amorphous shapes which aren’t meant to represent anything. The second series is a bit lighter in tone and depicts abstract faces. It’s been a while since I’ve worked with such literal subject matter—so that was different for me. I hadn’t planned to originally. When working on Blank Face I noticed that the pieces harmonize pretty well together. It’s almost like they’re two sides to the same coin, like the faces seem to warm up the shapes and the shapes cool down the faces."

In stark contrast to the open blue skies from Freshley's work, Aaron's pieces consist of darker colors and more earth tones. "I think it makes for a more interesting viewing experience. The new series was heavily inspired by older pottery design, especially the terra cotta and basalt colors."

Photo courtesy of Aaron Morvan

Photo courtesy of Aaron Morvan

We're excited to have worked with Aaron these past two years and honored to have his art here. He leaves you with one last thought: 

"Just enjoy! I understand how people may be confused by weird shapes and blank faces, but just try to take it in. Don’t worry about figuring them out. I’m a huge fan of enjoying things for exactly what they are. No need to complicate things."