Glendale Arts is presenting a solo exhibit from contemporary artist Michael Allyn Roy called “MICHAEL ALLYN ROY GOING. PLACES.” at the ace/121 Gallery from Jan. 17 to Feb. 10.
An artist reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Coming out of the isolation of the pandemic, Allyn Roy wanted to engage with people using color, drama, and a sense of celebration.
“This new series is all about my love of color, of travel, and stories,” he said in a statement. “These images are based on an appreciation of the everyday, whether it’s a dramatic sunset over Eagle Rock or my mom on her honeymoon in Paris.”
Each work in the show is executed in oil on aluminum. “I love the way light plays off the aluminum, adding highlights and dynamism to the painting. The metal suggests a fresh take on painting and connects the work to manufactured products like cars and appliances,” says Roy. Accordingly, many of the images are about the discovery of being in transit, from crossing a street in Hollywood to experiencing the JFK TWA hotel.
Michael Allyn Roy was born in Stockton, California and attended UCLA where he graduated cum laude in Painting/Sculpture/Graphic Arts. He graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television with a masters of fine arts in interactive media. He operated his own design firm for many years and has worked as an animator, art director and architect. He has been a college instructor at USC, FIDM and Azusa Pacific University. In 2015 he began painting full time. His work is in numerous private collections and has been shown extensively in Southern California. He lives in Eagle Rock, California.
First published in the January 13 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.