Tinney Concept: Go Figurative

New Work by Figurative Artists Ginnie Gardiner, Omari Booker, Romerus Greer, & Anna Pugh

Tinney Concept is pleased to present new work by artists Ginnie Gardiner, Omari Booker, Romerus Greer, and Anna Pugh. Exhibiting unique styles, these artists all have an individualized approach to figurative painting. Coming from different places and stages in life, these artists have turned to the human form as a mode of expression, communicating through the universally shared language of the body. These works are simultaneously personal and conceptual, offering viewers a point of connection with both the artists and their subjects.

Ginnie Gardiner is a New York  artist who has shown in numerous solo and group exhibits for 30 years. Gardiner graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1974. Gardiner’s distinctive style of color notes of optically mixed oil paints produces shimmering, figurative abstractly coherent works. Gardiner cites the American Modernists and 2nd generation New York School Artists and specifically Alex Katz, Louisa Matthiasdottir and Lois Dodd, with their reductive treatment of form and clarity of light, as influences.

Gardiner began ‘The Color Prophecies’ in September, 2016 in which she explores where color predicts and dictates certain interactions.  For the creation and design of these images she is painting solid color mixtures on woodblock papers to use for backgrounds and various planar elements with isolated figural elements from her photographs. These mixed media collages function as the studies for her paintings.

In 2005, Gardiner moved upstate after living in New York City for 30 years, which gave her a sense of new beginnings. She began to incorporate elements of her upstate surroundings and the architectural details of her historic property with images in her collage studies for paintings. This led to an ongoing exploration of figure and ground and the architecture of figuration. Color is the subject of her work.

Omari Booker began his journey as an artist his senior year of high school at Montgomery Bell Academy. There he realized his gift for visual art and like most true artists, the path to developing his talent has been anything but linear. It has taken him through various disciplines and institutions including Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee State University. As he studied Mathematics and other more traditional curricula he finally focused on studio art and graphic design earning his B.S. in Graphic Design from Tennessee State University.

Omari’s work has been influenced by masters such as Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dali as well as, modern artists like Charles White and Jacob Lawrence. A consistent affinity for realism is apparent in his work, while abstractions can also be found. Oil paintings are Omari’s predominant medium, but charcoal, chalk pastels, and acrylic paintings are essential building blocks of his work, and are often finished pieces.

Omari takes a process-oriented approach to his art, embracing it as a therapeutic modality through which he is able to express his passion for the freedom and independence that the creative process allows him to experience. His art is his personal therapy, and his desire is that those viewing it will have personal experiences of catharsis. The philosophy that undergirds Omari’s work is FREEDOM THROUGH ART and he aspires to create work that communicates to his audience their unique and intrinsic ability to be free.

Romerus Greer was born in Nashville, Tennessee. Greer states there is a lot to be told just from a person's demeanor alone--whether it's in their eyes, smile, or gesture. He tries to explore these themes in his art. Because emotion and expression are universal to all cultures, he utilizes the subtleties to communicate his thoughts and feelings that words alone can't bring into expression.
Greer focuses on the experience of depression and lonesomeness. He uses vast empty space to emphasize isolation, but also to make my figures appear to float. In this way he communicates uncertainty, hopelessness, and a form of "mental drift". A lot of these sentiments are rooted in his own personal experiences dealing with race, sexuality, and appearance. With that said, his work becomes a projection of himself that is represented by different forms. The model is made a catalyst for Greer’s own emotions. Thus, his art is a portrayal of the symptoms of his life rather than a story of the origin of them.

Anna Pugh (b. 1996 Minneapolis, MN) received her B.A. in Studio Art with honors from Wake Forest University in 2018. She currently lives and works in Nashville and Franklin, TN.

Pugh works in a variety of media with a particular interest in painting. Her work explores how the physical can also reflect an abstract mental state in both the subject and the viewer. Some of her work also begins to question the role of the viewer in art. She is known primarily for her recent paintings which use white gesso to obscure the painted subject and her new woven paintings which ask us to consider the role of fabric in painting’s history.

Pugh’s work has been displayed in the US and abroad, including recent solo exhibition at START Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC. Her “Connected by Canvas” public art project premiered at the Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, TN. Upcoming exhibitions include a billboard of her painting “Untitled (II Face)” at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s “Pictures in the Park” in Raleigh, NC, as well a solo exhibition in November at Open Gallery in Nashville.