“Occasionally, an artist ‘appears’ on the scene, running full speed, if you will, toward success. Joel Anderson seemed to be doing just that when we met at my market just a few short years ago. Recently retired from ‘big oil’ a little early, Anderson was determined to make art his new life. He has done just that.”
Two years ago this month I wrote that about Anderson, a Heights artist and a solo exhibit titled “Submergence” at Archway Gallery.
Anderson incorporates modern digital methods into the ancient medium of encaustic painting. Encaustic painting is beeswax mixed with damar resin.
While the works featured in “Submergence” two years ago were about introversion, Anderson’s next exhibit is a full 180 and definitely about extroversion.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Jan. 4, when Archway Gallery presents “Urban Observations,” featuring the new collection of encaustic paintings by Anderson. The artist will be on hand to visit with guests during the exhibition opening reception from 5–8 p.m. at the gallery, located at 2305 Dunlavy St. There will be an “Artist Talk” at 6:30 p.m. as well as complimentary valet parking and light refreshments.
Anderson’s newest collection of works is his third show at Archway Gallery and a stark contrast to previous shows.
In this exhibition, Anderson creates works as seen through his eyes, while driving and walking through the Heights. There are new perspectives on Houston’s downtown skyline, which has become a signature series for Anderson, as well as things that interest him in one way or another, including the tree canopies, cellphone towers and, yes, the gargoyles that inhabit the Bayou City.
“Preparing for this exhibition was like a treasure hunt in some ways,” Anderson said. “Where exactly does one stand to get compositionally great images of our city? Realizing I needed to get above the trees and power lines for some of the shots that I wanted, I bought a drone and became an FAA-certified drone pilot.”
Anderson continued: “I also wanted to go big in this collection, and that meant scaling everything up, from my workspace, techniques, processes and framing decisions to even trading in my SUV for a van to accommodate the bigger pieces.”
Anderson maintains a studio at The Silos on Sawyer and is a frequent exhibitor on the local art fair circuit, including the Bayou City Arts Festival and the First Saturday Arts Market.
Follow Anderson on Instagram. He entertains while showing off his creative process and endeavors at @joelandersonart and on the web at JoelAndersonArt.com. Find out more about the gallery at ArchwayGallery.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com.