Greely Myatt’s first exhibition was held when he was 10, in the toy section of Elmore’s Five & Dime in Amory, MS. He’s been making and exhibiting art ever since. Later this year he will add Beirut, Lebanaon, to his list of cities where he exhibits, when he shows more of the speaking imagery at The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space.
In February of 2011, Myatt was invited by Island Press at Washington University in St. Louis to be a guest artist. There he created a suite of 60x48” prints that follow his interest in cartoon speaking bubbles, as well as a boxed set of prints based loosely on H.C. Westerman’s word/letter series.
In 2009 a twenty-year survey of Myatt’s art was jointly exhibited at 10 art spaces, museums or galleries in Memphis. Earlier that year he was part of the Heartland exhibition that was first exhibited at the Van Abbemuseum in The Netherlands, then at the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. In late 2011 Myatt was in Americanana at the Hunter College Art Gallery.
In a recent catalog essay, Leslie Luebbers, director of Art Museum of the University of Memphis, made this sage observation: “Myatt’s point of departure has meandered from the South to the suburbs, from the vernacular of the rural roadside to the domestic Americana of antique malls and Pottery Barn. He has fashioned from found materials objects of homey resonance, including quilts, rag-rugs and cake stands, with Guston and Johns, Nancy and Sluggo and Myatt’s grandmother peeking out from behind the conceptual curtains, their presence (and the artist’s) betrayed by word balloon/clouds and other allusive devices.”
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