Walter Art Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of fine art, muralist and scenic artist Craig Cheply, who will showcase a comprehensive installation of his fine art entitled “Dawn To Dawn – The Continued Observations”, guest curated by Nicole Royse of Royse Contemporary. Since 2006 the artist has been creating his sometimes controversial conceptual”100% Natural Series”utilizing his visual journalistic observations examining the “Socio/Polit/Environ/Econo/Relig/Geo/Natural landscapes” occurring on both the domestic and world stages daily in the 21st Century. This exhibition represents a small retrospective of Cheply’s diverse and impressive variety of work evolving from his solo exhibit “Dawn To Dawn-Past, Present, Possible Futures” done at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in 2003 that incorporates paintings and mixed media works ranging in subject from beautiful landscapes of the southwest to political, environmental and social commentaries of today.
“The divergent subject matters I observe and render aren’t always cheerful, but affect all of us and need to be commented on in this 21st Century Arena,” states Cheply. The artist invites the viewer to take a closer examination of his artwork and decide for themselves, about what is presented, its meaning, the subject matter, mediums, etc.”My artworks are visually commenting upon man’s past, current history and future state of affairs-the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.” This collection of work juxtaposes the beautiful and the poignant observations of the world by the artist, brilliantly depicting the southwest along with provocative history facing our world from a multifaceted perspective, states curator Nicole Royse.
Cheply received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Arizona State University in Interior Design in 1980. He currently works as both a commercial and fine artist and since 2015 he has worked as the lead scenic artist for the Arizona Opera. Cheply’s work can be found in both public and private collections throughout the United Statesincluding the Arizona Museum of Natural History -10 permanent solo commissioned murals and various scenic works, Burton Barr Central Library, the City of Glendale, and the City of Chandler.
He has exhibited nationally garnering numerous awards including 2014 See Me Grand Prize Winner –”Creatives Rising”, 2013 Maryland Federation of Art “American Landscapes” Honorable Mention, 2010 BWAC “Wide Open” Brooklyn, NY- Co-winner-People’s Choice Award, 2008 Chandler Ostrich Public Art Project-1st Place, and 2006 Glendale Arts Council 43rd Annual 1st place in Oil/Acrylic division + Best of Show. His artwork has been featured in numerous publications both online and in print including Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, the Arizona Republic, Visual Art Source, SouthwestArt Magazine and “Interviews with 17 Visual Fine Artists” writer James Leonard-Amodeo, Sierra Arts Productions.
The artist reception for Dawn To Dawn-The Continued Observations will take place on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 6-10pm with brief remarks from Curator, Nicole Royse, an opportunity to meet artist Craig Cheply and hear about his work and career thus far, along with light hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Dawn To Dawn-The Continued Observationswill be on display at Walter Art Gallery from January 12, 2018 through February 25, 2018. Walter Art Gallery is located at 6425 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale AZ 85251.
The Walter Project is an innovative community of artists, entertainers, makers, and visionaries who come together to make up a collection of different branches of creative ventures such as the Walter Art Gallery, Walter Productions, and the Walter Brewery. Known for their art cars such as Walter the Bus, the purpose of this community is to share joy and spark creativity through unique experiences. For more information about Walter Art Gallery or artist Craig Cheply visit http://www.walter-art.com or visit their facebook page.