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Westmoreland Museum of American Art Presents Remnants: Paintings by Joyce Werwie Perry

The Westmoreland Museum of American is showing Remnants: Paintings by Joyce Werwie Perry through Sunday January 09, 2011.

Exploring the mystery and recording relationships between one another is the force behind Joyce Werwie Perry’s work. She is known for her portrayals of the human condition. Her paintings are derived from photographs, remnants of past lives, and are testimony to the mark of the human soul and the mystery of its existence. “Most of the photographs I work from are of people I have never met. The connection I feel to them takes hold in the process of painting,” Perry states.

After learning the basics of oil painting, Perry developed her own palette-knife painting technique. The texture and contrast of color in her paintings is achieved through the rapid application and extraction of the oil paint with knives. She often uses a pencil as a painting tool to achieve the smallest details, and in many, the drawing is left visible to show the process.

Joyce Werwie Perry is the recipient of the 2008 Westmoreland exhibition award from the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh annual exhibition. A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Perry pursued an Associate in Science in Art degree from the Community College of Allegheny County later in life when her youngest of three children began school. Perry is the former Vice President/Executive Board Member, Exhibitions Chair of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and her work has been included in all of The Westmoreland’s Juried Biennials from 2004 – 2010.

Image: Joyce Werwie Perry Kitchen Shenanigans 48 X 32 Inches, Oil With Knives

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art was established in 1949 at the bequest of Mary Marchand Woods, a long time resident of Greensburg interested in the arts. This visionary founder bequeathed her entire estate in order for the Museum facility to be built in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 35 miles east of Pittsburgh. In 1959, the Museum opened its doors to the public, and its focus became the collection and exhibition of American and southwestern Pennsylvania art.

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