EILEEN WEST GALLERY
CONTEMPORARY AND OUTSIDER ART
WILLIAM FLEWELLEN HEARD
Opening Night July 2nd 2010
Here's a YouTube video of William made by a PBS station as a trailer for a film about his life.
graduated from Tupelo
March 14, 2000, I was reborn from a car accident that left me a quadriplegic.
I had to teach myself to become a independent person. I had to become
stronger physically and work with therapists to get where I am today.
Along my journey I found a new love for paint. It started six years
ago while I was in rehabilitation at the
late night three years ago, a movie about Jackson Pollock came on
and I was glued to it. I was amazed by the way he painted. It looked
like something that I could do and enjoy. I haven't had much experience
in painting, but I told myself this is something I want to do and
I will figure out a way to do it. I came up with a method of using
spoons to throw, pour and lay paint on a canvas." WFH
Patrons of the arts: Karen Holland, Katherine and Julia Holland.
4th of July weekend 2010
EWG has hosted a solo show for William Heard for 5 years. The first time I saw his work was on his cell phone. He rolled into my gallery in his drip-painted chair and I asked the obvious question: Are you a Painter?. Even with bad resolution and an image the size of a business card, the work was intense. EWG offered him a show immediately.
William Heard and Billie Gaffrey at Via Colori Benefit for Seaside Charter School 2006. William returned his fee for painting a square to the school.
EWG hosted a group show in '09 for William and some of his students. It got wild.
The state of Mississippi gives him an annual grant to teach others how to make art.
And have some fun at the beach.
This year the artist has been studying Picasso. The result is a suite of paintings shown only at EWG.
THE PICASSO SUITE
The Artist as Picasso 2010
Click the image to enter the show.
FOX News did a spot on William that focused on his work with other disabled individuals. Here's a link to that story:
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