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.
The Comedian
The Comedian

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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The Comedian
The Comedian
Happy
Happy
Tippy
Tippy
Dakota
Dakota
Ruckus
Ruckus
Nick
Nick
Memphis
Memphis
Avalon
Avalon
Venice
Venice
The Bulb
The Bulb
aSUNder
aSUNder
The Gang
The Gang
Kaktos
Kaktos
The Devil's Rope
The Devil's Rope
Talking (More)
Talking (More)
Talking (Graffiti)
Talking (Graffiti)
Notched
Notched
Ghost Quilt
Ghost Quilt
Small Talk
Small Talk
Small Talk
Small Talk
A Splinter had pierced the Skin
A Splinter had pierced the Skin
Hanging On
Hanging On
Clean Air
Clean Air
Fret
Fret
Charlie
Charlie
Albert
Albert
pARTy
pARTy
Awning Ball
Awning Ball
Landscape
Landscape
SweetArt
SweetArt
Broadway Boogie Woogie
Broadway Boogie Woogie
Avalon Blue Star
Avalon Blue Star
The Comedian
The Comedian
Southern pine, cedar, steel, copper, red soapstone and limestone, 87x49x13
2019
Happy
Happy
painted and bruned poplar, aluminum, copper and limestone, 13x6x3
2019
Tippy
Tippy
walnut, steel, wire and brass, 24x7x6
2019
Dakota
Dakota
burned poplar, copper wire, steel nails soapstone and limestone, 22x7x7
2019
Ruckus
Ruckus
purple heart, poplar and steel nails, 17x5x5
2019
Nick
Nick
poplar, steel nails and limestone, 17x11x7
2019
Memphis
Memphis
cherry, poplar, soapstone, steel wire , nails, colored cement, 15x119
2019
Avalon
Avalon
poplar, soapstone, steel wire, copper wire and limestone, 15x9x7
2019
Venice
Venice
cedar, soapstone, wire, bronze, 15x22x4
2019
The Bulb
The Bulb
soapstone, wood and copper wire, 72x4x3
2019
aSUNder
aSUNder
reclaimed wood and broom handles, 84x84x53
2019
The Gang
The Gang
mixed media, 132x11
2019
Kaktos
Kaktos
broom handle and alabaster, 20x5x7
2019
The Devil's Rope
The Devil's Rope
reclaimed wood and steel, 74x48x1.75
2018
Talking (More)
Talking (More)
reclaimed wood and steel, 20x14x1.5
2018
Talking (Graffiti)
Talking (Graffiti)
reclaimed wood and steel, 14x16x1.5
2018
Notched
Notched
alabaster and wood, 6.75x10.75x3.5
2019
Ghost Quilt
Ghost Quilt
reclaimed steel and aluminum, 56x43
2009-19
Small Talk
Small Talk
reclaimed wood and steel, 9.5x11x1
2014
Small Talk
Small Talk
reclaime wood and steel, 11.5x10x1.25
2014
A Splinter had pierced the Skin
A Splinter had pierced the Skin
found wood, alabaster and steel, 6.25x7.75x4
2019
Hanging On
Hanging On
steel and air, 123x18.5
2017
Clean Air
Clean Air
air filter, 10.5x2.5x2.75
2017
Fret
Fret
found mop handles, ebony and painted birch, 100x13
2017
Charlie
Charlie
found neon, repurposed cane, drywall, 40x24x7
2016
Albert
Albert
found neon, reclaimed wood, repurposed handle, electricity, 20x55
2016
pARTy
pARTy
found broom, wood and neon, 28.5x20.5x16
2016
Awning Ball
Awning Ball
found awning frames & traffic signs, 96x96
2016
Landscape
Landscape
wax, cut wooden box, flourescent light
2012
SweetArt
SweetArt
steel, bees wax and cheese wax, 9.25x7x6
2012
Broadway Boogie Woogie
Broadway Boogie Woogie
reclaimed wood and steel, 45x43
2018
Avalon Blue Star
Avalon Blue Star
reclaimed wood and steel, 24x24x3
2019

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