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.
Talking
Talking

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 Poroject, Hartford; and Urban Art Commission, Memphis.

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Talking
Talking
Talking (More)
Talking (More)
Talking (Graffiti)
Talking (Graffiti)
Talking (Zipper)
Talking (Zipper)
Talking (Lily)
Talking (Lily)
Small Talk
Small Talk
Small Talk
Small Talk
Hanging On
Hanging On
Remark
Remark
Mark
Mark
Mark (detail)
Mark (detail)
Tablecloths
Tablecloths
Tablecloths (detail)
Tablecloths (detail)
Clean Air
Clean Air
Fret
Fret
Charlie
Charlie
Albert
Albert
pARTy
pARTy
Awning Ball
Awning Ball
Landscape
Landscape
SweetArt
SweetArt
Talking
Talking
reclaimed wood and steel, 19.75x17x2
2018
Talking (More)
Talking (More)
reclaimed wood and steel, 20x14x1.5
2018
Talking (Graffiti)
Talking (Graffiti)
reclaimed wood and steel, 14x16x1.5
2018
Talking (Zipper)
Talking (Zipper)
mixed media, 11x24x2.75
2006
Talking (Lily)
Talking (Lily)
reclaimed wood and steel, 17x19.5x2
2006
Small Talk
Small Talk
reclaimed wood and steel, 9.5x11x1
2014
Small Talk
Small Talk
reclaime wood and steel, 11.5x10x1.25
2014
Hanging On
Hanging On
steel and air, 123x18.5
2017
Remark
Remark
steel gas cylinder caps, 45x59x6
2017
Mark
Mark
steel, southern pine and air, 108.5x142x13
2017
Mark (detail)
Mark (detail)
steel, southern pine and air, 108.5x142.4x13
2017
Tablecloths
Tablecloths
aluminum and aluminum traffic signs, 77x60x15
2017
Tablecloths (detail)
Tablecloths (detail)
aluminum and aluminum traffic signs, 77x60x15
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