In The Rye Arts Center Gallery
September 9 – 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Inspired: Masters and Students features paintings by master artists – including Ouattara Watts and Bradley Theodore – along with works by the Young Men of the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester.
Curated by Omo Misha this exhibition highlights the raw talent and vibrant spirits of the young men in tandem with works from some of our most celebrated contemporary and historic artists.
The student works were created during a series of workshops led by Ouattara Watts at four art centers throughout the county: The Pelham Arts Center, ArtsWestchester, The Katonah Museum of Art, and The Rye Arts Center.
Join us on September 10 to meet the artists and learn about their participation in this amazing project that embraces the transformative and inspirational power of art.
For more information contact, Tricia Fraser/T. Fraser Productions: (914) 806-5812
Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, neo-expressionist Ouattara moved to Paris in the late 1980s to study at the L’Ecole des Beaux Artes, where he met Jean Michel Basquiat at an exhibition in January 1988. Basquiat persuaded Ouattara to move to New York. He has exhibited at MoMA PS1, the Whitney Biennial, and the New Museum in New York. Ouattara has also held solo exhibitions at various institutions and galleries including: Hess Art Collection, Paarl, South Africa; Magazzino d’arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; Galeria Leyendeker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Island, Spain; Mike Weiss Gallery, New York; Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Leo Koenig, New York; Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO; Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO; and Gagosian Gallery, New York.
Born on the island of Turks & Caicos, Bradley Theodore lives in New York City and has become an integrated part of the art scene. Dedicated to making his art accessible for all to see in the streets of international cities like New York, London, Los Angeles, Oslo and Paris, his iconic subjects, painted in bright colors, have become his signature style. A documentary film on Theodore’s life and art is currently being produced and will be released later this year. Theodore will also be participating in the exhibition program for FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life at the Bronx Botanical Garden on view May 16 through November 1, 2015.
About The Youth Shelter Program of Westchester
Youth Shelter Program of Westchester (YSOW) is a not-for-profit residential alternative to incarceration for young men located in Mount Vernon, since 1975. YSOW has provided hundreds of Westchester county youth offenders with a positive alternative to the court and prison systems. YSOW offers a job-readiness program, on-site educational and clinical services to its residents.