Statement

The Digital Age has brought upon us a binary kaleidoscope fog blanketing both perception and reality. 

I think of my artwork as not only beyond the fog, but also behind the curtain of technology.

 

Within the mixed media (ink on paper and meteorite fragments) drawings, mythical landscapes of mountains, waterways and woodlands serve as settings for bipedal inhabitants and their everyday activities. Working, playing, loving; life is good for the inhabitants, and they are living it to the fullest; free, and full of happiness. As events unfold and the series evolves, their future is at risk when a celestial armada and its invading forces attempt to colonize their habitation. Once landed and gaining foothold, the techling invaders entice the unsuspecting inhabitants with gifts of other worldly devices. Consternation prevails as well as implied references to environmental concerns, science affliction, and cultural anxieties.

Born and raised in Chicago and living in DC since graduate school, my career as an artist extends back to the early 1970’s and includes twenty-six solo exhibitions, numerous gallery and museum exhibitions (The Corcoran Art Gallery, The Anderson Gallery, The Katzen Arts Center).  Additional noteworthy exhibitions and awards include the “Washington Art Matters ll: 1940s – 1980s” exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen Center, First Prize in The Fairfax Art Council awards, First Prize in The George Washington University Alumni Competition, and a Special Recognition award from The Virginia Commission of the Arts.  Collectors include American University, The George Washington University, Marymount University, George Mason University, the Elisabeth French Collection, the Gudelsky Collection, Radio One and Prudential.  I studied at The University of Illinois (BFA Painting), The George Washington University (MFA Painting), and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (TICA). Currently, I am employed as an adjunct professor teaching Drawing at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Virginia and reside in Washington, DC.

Wayne Paige

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