6.20/ Watermill Center: ‘Royce Wetherly: 30 Years of Painting’ — 7.13 / 10.11

the Watermill Center

Royce Weatherly, Bubkis, 2012, Oil on Linen, 14″ x 16″,
Courtesy of ArtHelix Gallery

Royce Weatherly

Looking Slowly: 30 Years of Painting

July 13 – October 11, 2017

The Watermill Center, with the support of ArtHelix gallery, is pleased to present the first-ever survey of paintings by American artist Royce Weatherly from July 13 – October 11, 2017Weatherly is a recipient of the Inga Maren Otto Fellowship and will be in residence at The Watermill Center in September 2017.

Over the course of three decades Weatherly has produced just a few dozen works, some taking up to three years to complete. Looking Slowly: 30 Years of Painting includes 15 paintings, as well as photographs that span 1995 to the present, highlighting the evolution of what’s become the artist’s signature practice – a meticulous observation of the intersection of light, space, and “object-ness.” Modest in scale, typically measuring no more than 16 inches on any dimension, Weatherly examines subtle subject matter common to his North Carolina upbringing – cigarette wrappers, lighters, potatoes, black walnuts and lard – clearly and scrupulously presented to the viewer without comment or narrative suggestion.

The exhibition will be on view at The Watermill Center on Sunday, August 13 from 3:00-6:00pm as a part of Discover Watermill Day. It will continue through October 11, 2017, by appointment only.

Royce Weatherly (b. 1957) is an American painter from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A 2015 Guggenheim Grant recipient, Weatherly received his BA from Wake Forest University (1980), and MFA from the University of Wisconsin/Madison (1984). Over the past three decades, he has developed a profoundly simple and yet deeply enigmatic painting style that combines his peculiar Vermeer-like still lives with an eerie quietude devoid of narrative symbolism.

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Created with a generous gift from philanthropist Inga Maren Otto, the Fellowship provides support for visual artists who have demonstrated exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program represents the depth and breadth of The Watermill Center’s commitment to supporting projects that integrate genres and art forms from diverse viewpoints and that break from traditional forms of representation. Through a four-to-six week residency, each fellow is provided with blocks of time and space in which he or she can exercise as much creative freedom as possible to develop new works.


Founded by avant-garde visionary Robert Wilson in 1992, The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts supporting young and emerging artists through its year-round Artist Residency Program and International Summer Program, as well as Education Programs, exhibitions and events open to the public. Throughout the year, The Watermill Center offers tours of the Center’s eight-and-a-half acres of grounds and sculpture gardens, and 20,000+ square-foot building, which houses a library and a significant collection of contemporary and ancient global art and artifacts.

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