Artist Tim Yanke still recalls the wonder he felt when traveling through Southwest America for the first time.
“There was just something about the place,” Yanke says. “It was just magical, and I incorporate that into the paintings.”
Park West Gallery captures Yanke in his element in its newest video by giving viewers an in-depth look at the magnificent sites and sounds that inspire Yanke’s Neo-West art. The scenic video explores the sprawling western landscape and its vivid colors as Yanke paints them onto his canvas.
Yanke’s signature Neo-West style is a blend of Abstract Expressionism, personal experiences, and imagery from Native American culture. Among his most popular themes are the dragonfly and American flag. Most recently, Yanke has painted in a more representational style, depicting Southwestern wildlife and scenes in bright, vivid colors.
Born and raised in Detroit, Yanke attended the University of North Texas in Denton to earn a bachelor of fine arts in 1986. In addition to painting, he worked as a graphic designer, accepting assignments from a local marketing company and Ameritech/AT&T before becoming a professional fine artist. Yanke held his first exhibition at the age of 23.
The artist’s accomplishments include a commissioned work for The Henry Autograph Collection in Dearborn, Michigan, serving as the official artist for the 2015 Amelia Island Jazz Festival in Florida, and being featured in the January 2017 edition of “Cowboys & Indians” Magazine.
Yanke is proud to donate his time and talents to charity. Since 2013, Yanke has donated “Yanke Doodle” artworks to clients belonging to Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County.