Anthony Tavis

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Medium: Painting

Artwalk 2018 Location: Lindsey Office Furnishings, 2223 1st Avenue North

My folk art embraces people, places and culture.  I like to pick through the clutter of civilization and extract the good, fun, interesting and unique aspects that I find worthy of salvaging.  Valuable elements of enchantment, mystery and joy are associated with all people and places and it is my job to hunt them down, preserve them and promote them. The use of salvaged construction materials is an integral aspect of my art because it ties the piece to history and place.

The ideas for my art can be triggered by a personal experience such as reading, some place I’ve been, the food I eat, a person I meet, or a song I hear.  Most of my creations are painted on scrap plywood, oriented strand board, and other salvaged material from construction sites, commercial dumpsters and refuse piles.   I use mostly acrylic paint and latex house paint that would otherwise have found its way to the landfill. I occasionally distress the piece using sanding and staining technique.

I like to think of my art pieces as kitschy roadside attractions on the highway between vintage and pop. The process of making art from salvaged materials and meeting people who want it displayed in their living and work space gives me great satisfaction and a sense of purpose.  I feel that creating something of value from the discarded is an important and relevant concept to pass on to my children, and to my viewer. 



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