Tim Yanke Shares His ‘Abstract Musings’ at New Monthaven Art Exhibition
When Tim Yanke creates one of his abstract paintings, it’s like watching a jazz musician belt out an improvised solo. His hands move across the canvas, driven by instinct, and the final product feels both spontaneous and expertly crafted.
This incredible creative process is explored deeply in “Abstract Musings,” a new exhibition of Yanke’s works at the Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The exhibition, sponsored by the Park West Foundation, runs from December 8, 2018 to February 10, 2019.
In “Abstract Musings,” viewers are invited to examine more than 40 works of Yanke’s art. The collection is characterized by the artist’s trademark use of a bright color palette, bold black lines, and iconography from America’s western cultures.
Many of his works are inspired by music—in fact, Yanke considers music as important to his creative process as the canvas or paintbrush.
“Music is definitely a major influence in the rhythm and the spontaneity of my paintings,” he says. “Music is an underlying theme to the colors I choose, to the motion of the paint.”
The improvisational nature of his process can even involve weaving song lyrics or strings of numbers into his compositions, giving his paintings extra layers of ambiguity and meaning. The end results exude Yanke’s genuine passion for his craft, one born from his unceasing desire to create.
“These are my personal portraits if you will,” Yanke says. “I’m not dictated by the way I feel or what’s in the news or what happened the night before, I’m just being engulfed in this painting, and it’s almost like the painter and the colors are dancing one on one, and that kind of marriage dictates the emotion of the painting.”
Yanke is the third Park West Gallery artist to be featured at the Monthaven. Previous artists to have showcased their artwork include art prodigy Autumn de Forest and Alexandre Renoir, the great-grandson of Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
“We’re delighted to present the abstract art of Tim Yanke during the Park West Foundation’s third exhibition at the Monthaven,” says Diane Pandolfi, Director of the Park West Foundation. “Thousands of art lovers around the world have already fallen in love with Tim’s intriguing work, and we expect those who view his newest show will do the same.”
In addition to the exhibition, the Park West Foundation also sponsored two master class sessions with Yanke held on December 8. Budding artists of all ages had the opportunity to learn painting techniques directly from the artist, taking home their own works of abstract art.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information about “Abstract Musings,” visit the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center website.
The Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center aims to collect, preserve, and interpret local and regional art, and present exhibits that reflect artistic importance on regional, national, and international levels.