Brenden Spivey’s summary artwork is lesson in shade, pattern

Brenden Spivey’s huge abstract paintings explode with colour and hundreds of circles.

His blended-media works — on look at now in New Albany’s Hayley Gallery — are all about electricity and pleasure.

By day, Spivey, 41, is senior job manager with Victoria’s Mystery. As before long as he shuts his laptop, he mentioned, he picks up his canine and then heads to his studio to paint.

On canvas, oil paper and encaustic on wood, he paints with acrylics, creating dense scenes with thick-rimmed, circular designs in dozens of contrasting and complementary shades. The patterns in all the paintings are identical, but each and every achieves an person temper.

Spivey’s titles — they arrive to him as he listens to songs or reads poetry — are often whimsical: “Blue Your Mind,” “Tell Me Tomorrow,” “Crazy Shade of Purple” and “It’s Not Straightforward,” for instance.

He mentioned that his Kinetic sequence — including the diptychs “Kinetic II” and “Kinetic III” — reflect his attempt to make kinetic electricity a visible element.

All of his performs, he claimed, “are certainly a depiction of who I am … I’m upbeat, outgoing, outspoken.”

“You Bring Me Joy” by Brenden Spivey

In 2020, following some Downtown properties were weakened through protests, Spivey was just one of the artists selected by the Larger Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Association for the Undertaking Arts to produce murals on the plywood boards around broken windows at the Ohio Theatre.

But the native of Newark is a relative newcomer to portray.

About 3 decades back, claimed Hayley Deeter, owner of Hayley Gallery, Spivey arrived in with 1 of his 1st initiatives, just seeking to have it framed.

“I’d Rather Be Blue” by Brenden Spivey

“I explained to him that it was truly good and challenging to believe that it was his to start with energy,” she said. “I instructed him he really should preserve likely … He has this sort of an means to mix colors, and I consider his shades characterize his feelings. In his work, he’s sort of developing his own creative code.”

Spivey does approach to continue on. He stated that his operate with colour is all instinctive and he describes himself as an outsider artist, a person without official classical schooling.

“I’m just a person who thinks he can paint,” he claimed.

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At a look

Functions by Brenden Spivey keep on by way of Aug. 17 at Hayley Gallery, 260 Market St., Suite B, New Albany. Several hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Simply call 614-855-4856 or pay a visit to