PIHA AT WORK
The exhibition opens May 5, 6-9pm, during First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown Nashville; continuing through May 25, during regular gallery hours, 11am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday.
The Arts Company presents Leonard Piha: Piha at Work, a new series of large and small sculpture and paintings, showcasing Piha’s unusual artistic vision. An academically-trained artist with a passion for the outsider artist perspective, Piha uses ordinary materials such as cardboard, scraps of wood, rusted tin, etc. to build narratives based on his own life as an artist. Piha is a distinctive personality, holding an M.F.A. from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art and recently retired as a teacher.
About the Exhibit/ Leonard Piha: Piha at Work
Piha creates art in the style and subject matter of his artistic contemporaries, inspired particularly by the work of outsider artists. Having created a new artistic alphabet for himself, both in subject matter and in his choice of rough materials; and equipped with his academic training, the result is distinctly intimate, engaging, original, and contemporary. He builds his own canvases from scraps of wood, often connecting them with metal scraps and then painting on the surfaces. “It’s always a magical experience upon entering the world of Leonard Piha,” remarks Anne Brown, owner of The Arts Company, continuing “Full of sculpture and paintings of all sizes, this exhibit continues to tell the story of one person’s lifetime filled with art, in ways that resonate with the rest of us. He often repeats ordinary objects he associates with family, work, and traditions.”
About the Artist / Leonard Piha
Leonard Piha, a Georgia-based artist, earned his BFA from Western Washington University and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. This exhibition is his third major exhibit at The Arts Company since 2011.