Royce Weatherly, “Looking Slowly: 30 Years of Painting”

The Watermill Center, with the support of ArtHelix gallery, is pleased to present the first-ever survey of paintings by American artist Royce Weatherly from July 13 – October 11, 2017 by appointment only. The show is open to the public for Discover Watermill Day on Sunday, August 13, 2017, 3:00-6:00pm. Weatherly is a recipient of the Inga Maren Otto Fellowship and will be in residence at The Watermill Center in September 2017.

Over the course of three decades Weatherly has produced just a few dozen works, some taking up to three years to complete. Looking Slowly: 30 Years of Painting includes 15 paintings, as well as photographs that span 1995 to the present, highlighting the evolution of what’s become the artist’s signature practice – a meticulous observation of the intersection of light, space, and “object-ness.” Modest in scale, typically measuring no more than 16 inches on any dimension, Weatherly examines subtle subject matter common to his North Carolina upbringing – cigarette wrappers, lighters, potatoes, black walnuts and lard – clearly and scrupulously presented to the viewer without comment or narrative suggestion.


Royce Weatherly (b. 1957) is an American painter from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A 2015 Guggenheim Grant recipient, Weatherly received his BA from Wake Forest University (1980), and MFA from the University of Wisconsin/Madison (1984). Over the past three decades, he has developed a profoundly simple and yet deeply enigmatic painting style that combines his peculiar Vermeer-like still lives with an eerie quietude devoid of narrative symbolism.

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