Greely Myatt

b. 1952, Aberdeen, MS
To state my approach to the making of art in the simplest and most direct manner, I have used these – the hand, the eye, the heart and the mind.
Flowers For U
Flowers For U

Greely Myatt is widely recognized for his whimsical sculptural objects and monumental installations made from found materials. Engaging with surrealism, pop, folk and outsider art, he has developed a compelling visual language of truly reimagined but recognizable forms. His works provoke a dialogue with the viewer around a plethora of relationships, connections, and effects among genre and style, form and content, scale and site, identity and place, time and space, art and its history, and concepts of art and craft. Myatt explores these exchanges through continuous reinterpretations of literal motifs— like the comic strip and speech bubbles— and other more conceptual frameworks. His choice of materials create initial accessibility and personal connection for the viewer. Found objects such as flooring, neon lights, metal scraps, discarded signage, and cookie tins feel familiar, but enigmatic. Elements like plants, quilts, and rugs reference his Mississippi childhood, while abstract elements such as light, air, negative space - even movement - function as tangible content. Throughout a broad diversity of works, his materials and themes play multiple roles as subject, concept, form, method and/or media. Within these intersections and re-arrangements, we experience honest conversation with seemingly infinite limits.

Greely Myatt was born in Mississippi, teaches in Memphis, and lives and works in West Memphis, AR. He received an MFA from the University of Mississippi and a BFA from Delta State University, Cleveland, MS, and is a long-time professor of art at The University of Memphis. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States, Europe and Japan. He has received grants and fellowships from the Tennessee Arts Commission, The University of Memphis, The University of Georgia, Alternate Roots, Atlanta, and received the Mississippi Arts and Letters Visual Arts Award in 1994. In 2009, a twenty-year retrospective of his works was exhibited across Memphis in nine museum and gallery venues. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, ArtNews, Sculpture Magazine, ArtForum, Art Papers, Number, Juxtapoz and American Quilter. His work is in numerous private collections and the following public collections, including: City of Memphis; City of Portland, ME; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Memphis Cook Convention Center; Mississipi Museum of Art, Jackson; Tennessee State Museum, Nashville; Tennessee Brewery, Memphis; Tennessee Interstate Sculpture Project, Hartford; and Urban Art Commission, Memphis.

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Flowers For U
Flowers For U
Wear Orange
Wear Orange
Sprout
Sprout
Veil
Veil
Such as the Wind-Flower
Such as the Wind-Flower
Veil (Eye)
Veil (Eye)
Veil (plank/stone)
Veil (plank/stone)
Arid
Arid
Watch Out
Watch Out
Breeze
Breeze
Kataegis
Kataegis
Flap
Flap
Veil (brick/nail)
Veil (brick/nail)
Veil (Freida Hamm)
Veil (Freida Hamm)
Veil (stone)
Veil (stone)
Veil (pink)
Veil (pink)
Veil (Bundle)
Veil (Bundle)
gLove
gLove
Broadway Boogie Woogie
Broadway Boogie Woogie
The Devil's Rope
The Devil's Rope
Small Talk
Small Talk
Small Talk
Small Talk
Talking (More)
Talking (More)
Talking (Graffiti)
Talking (Graffiti)
A Splinter had pierced the Skin
A Splinter had pierced the Skin
Awning Ball
Awning Ball
Landscape
Landscape
Flowers For U
Flowers For U
cut and painted aluminum, air and concrete base, 87x24x4
2022
Wear Orange
Wear Orange
painted and cut aluminum, found wood, bricks and air, 103x73x12
2022
Sprout
Sprout
steel and air, 25x46x31
2022
Veil
Veil
mixed media, sizes vary
2022
Such as the Wind-Flower
Such as the Wind-Flower
reclaimed metal and air, 57x90x3
2022
Veil (Eye)
Veil (Eye)
mixed media
2022
Veil (plank/stone)
Veil (plank/stone)
mixed media
2021
Arid
Arid
reclaimed metal and air, 36x24x3
2022
Watch Out
Watch Out
found objects,26x9x3
2022
Breeze
Breeze
aluminum traffic signs and painted aluminum, 57x73x14
2021
Kataegis
Kataegis
reclaimed metal and air, 33x36x2
2022
Flap
Flap
found steel shelf and air, 84x37x3
2021
Veil (brick/nail)
Veil (brick/nail)
mixed media
2021
Veil (Freida Hamm)
Veil (Freida Hamm)
mixed media, 11.5x11.25x3
2021
Veil (stone)
Veil (stone)
mixed media, 11.5x11.25x3
2021
Veil (pink)
Veil (pink)
mixed media
2021
Veil (Bundle)
Veil (Bundle)
mixed media
2022
gLove
gLove
cypress and steel, 93x43x12
2020
Broadway Boogie Woogie
Broadway Boogie Woogie
reclaimed wood and steel, 45x43
2018
The Devil's Rope
The Devil's Rope
reclaimed wood and steel, 74x48x1.75
2018
Small Talk
Small Talk
reclaimed wood and steel, 9.5x11x1
2014
Small Talk
Small Talk
reclaime wood and steel, 11.5x10x1.25
2014
Talking (More)
Talking (More)
reclaimed wood and steel, 20x14x1.5
2018
Talking (Graffiti)
Talking (Graffiti)
reclaimed wood and steel, 14x16x1.5
2018
A Splinter had pierced the Skin
A Splinter had pierced the Skin
found wood, alabaster and steel, 6.25x7.75x4
2019
Awning Ball
Awning Ball
found awning frames & traffic signs, 96x96
2016
Landscape
Landscape
wax, cut wooden box, flourescent light
2012

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