Scott Avett: I N V I S I B L E
“I’m not anything first—not painter, musician, writer, printmaker, performer—before I am an artist.”
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“I’m always thinking in visual terms. Even when I’m writing, I’m thinking visually, and I feel like everything trickles down from that.”
Internationally recognized as co-founder of the band The Avett Brothers, Scott Avett has been a working artist, focusing on painting and printmaking, since he earned a BFA in studio art from East Carolina University in 2000. But until now this art-making part of his life has been a secret and a more solitary creative pursuit in comparison to his life as a musician, singer, and songwriter.
This solo exhibition features Avett’s large-scale oil paintings. These are psychologically charged and emotionally intense portraits focused on his family and himself—often intimate, vulnerable, and sometimes uncomfortably truthful portrayals. Like his songs, Avett’s paintings speak to universal issues of spirituality and struggle, love and loss, heartache and joy, as well as more personal stories of career, family, and living in the South. The exhibition also includes prints and paintings related to Avett’s musical career.
While the exhibition is suitable for all ages, please note that some works of art in Scott Avett: I N V I S I B L E include nudity.
Presenting sponsors: Nancy and Ron McFarlane, Larry and Debbie Robbins, SOCO Gallery, Allen Thomas Jr., The Umstead Resort and Spa
Scott Avett, Color Wheel, 2014, linoleum block print, 45 x 43 in., Courtesy of the artist, © 2018 Scott Avett; Photograph: Lydia Bittner-Baird
Multimedia artist Marie Watt uses bronze to memorialize remembrance in warm, storied objects such as blankets.
The Mandell Foundation offers generous support for the Museum’s special collection of Judaic ceremonial art.