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Byron Gates Jr [artist / photographer / writer / coffee addict]

Artist Statement: “Art has been an integral and welcomed partner in my life for as long as I can recall. I have always been attracted to shapes and textures and color and people as subjects; I never have to go far to find an encouraging point of interest, whether recording tiny rain drops on a fallen leaf or an abstract late afternoon shadow lingering from an old fire escape or shooting an interesting portrait. Taking commonplace subjects and finding visually pleasing art within, art that projects a unique view of a familiar subject, that allows me to go beyond the obvious and discover what is often invisible to the casual observer. I seek images that portray the not so obvious, of the obvious; images of what we are exposed to every day of our lives, but often do not see.
Having to answer to no one, my creative efforts are mine alone; I can explore as I wish, go where I please and create as I desire. It is this freedom that allows me to produce the imagery I see, and art that I am proud of.”
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I have been privileged to visit/live and make images in:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Washington State, Canada, China, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.
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My art/images can be found in the collections of:

The United States Navy Museum/Washington, DC
Ms. Michelle Gillette/Mr. Craig Schub/California
Ms. Sherry Andrean/Mr. Jonathan Owen/Wales
Ms. Paula O’Neal/Ms. Debra Hines/Louisiana
Ms. Christie Starr Featherstone/California
Ms. Michelle Harrington/Kauai, Hawaii
Mr./Ms. Robert Neighbors/Arkansas
Mr./Ms. Louis Hejtmanek/Louisiana
Ms. Mary Beth O’Connor/Louisiana
Ms. Donna Bartholomew/Louisiana
Mr./Ms. Rodger Browder/Louisiana
Mr./Ms. Michael Williams/Louisiana
Mr./Ms. Robert Trudeau/Louisiana
Mr. Brandon K. Jenkins/Louisiana
Mr. Ben Wade Rushing/Louisiana
Mr./Ms. Alex Fountain/Arkansas
Mr./Ms. Gary Parson/Arkansas
Mr./Ms. George Gaw/New York
Mr./Ms. Dan Buller/Louisiana
Ms. Ann Reid Mills/Louisiana
Ms. Pam Atchison/Louisiana
Mr. Tony Sanders/California
Mr./Ms. Dave Ivey/Louisiana
Ms. Polly Fleming/Louisiana
Mr. Rick Scott/Kauai, Hawaii
Ms. Donna Mann/Louisiana
Ms. Shannon Wylie/Oregon


Shows:

ArtCenter College of Design, Los Angeles/Student & Group Shows
Los Angeles, California/Multiple One Person & Group Shows
Shreveport, Louisiana/Multiple One Person & Group Shows
Newport Beach, California/Multiple Gallery & Group Shows
Laguna Beach, California/Multiple Gallery & Group Shows
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge/Student Shows
University of California, Santa Barbara/Group Show
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii/Gallery & Group Show
Corona Del Mar, California/One Person Show
Dallas, Texas/Gallery Group & Private Shows


Constructive criticism:

I shall always welcome and invite your remarks, appreciate, encourage and read with an open heart all constructive criticism and/or personal observations regarding any of my work.

Thanx in advance,
Byron Gates Jr
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  • Joined: August 2008