The First Stage Gallery

The First Stage Gallery in the Lyric Center for the Arts is please to present work by artist, Daniel Atyim during the month of July.

Exploring the function and meaning of surfaces, Atyim finds transition implicit in facades and in the ways that surfaces describe and dim underlying structures.

Atyim’s paintings involve heavily textured underpaintings that are enhanced by thick circles of color extruded onto the surface. These lush surfaces allow for an incremental development of color and image. At times the color enhances the underlying image, but may also contrast with the underlying color and value creating a visual texture. This is especially visible when seen from various fixed points of view.

His work oscillates in the space between abstraction and representation. Like Surrealist artists who begin their automatic drawings with little preconceived outcome, the preparatory work for Atyim’s paintings and drawings is done directly on the surface of the support. This approach combines chance with expectation. The lines and marks are developed into shapes and forms that allude to a mixture of observed or fabricated experience, characters from an incomplete narrative. The ability to clarify or obscure this preliminary information is important to his process as well as the finished piece. Shapes, intervals and openings are reminiscent of urban landscapes. The layers and fragments within his work create an image that is a culmination of glances into memory and the unconscious.

Originally from Southern California, Daniel Atyim received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and an MFA from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. He currently teaches drawing and foundation design classes at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI and has also taught drawing and painting at the National Academy School in New York and Syracuse University. He has been a visiting artist lecturer at Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY, and Coker College in Hartsville, SC. Currently living and making stuff in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  He is a featured artist in the publication, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts and Conversations, by Jerry McLaughlin and Rebecca Crowell.  Along with participating in group shows across the country, his past solo and 2 person exhibitions include The Prairie Meadows Gallery, Grandview University, Des Moines, IA; The Heyde Art Center, Chippewa Falls, WI; Coker College, Hartsville, SC; the Everson Museum and the Delavan Center, Syracuse, NY and the Parks Gallery, Taos, NM.

An Open House to meet the artist will be held on July 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 in the Lyric Annex, 516 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia, MN. The First Stage Gallery is free and open to the public.
NOTE:  During our storefront construction project, The First Stage Gallery will be moved next door to the Lyric Annex at 516 Chestnut Street.  Hours remain the same.

The gallery is located in the Lyric Center for the Arts, 514 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia, Minnesota. The First Stage Gallery in the Lyric Center for the Arts, has been exhibiting local and regional artists work since 2006.  Regular gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays, 11am - 3pm.   More information can be found on the Lyric Center for the Arts Facebook page,  or by calling 218-741-5577.

Stop in to The First Stage Gallery and SHOP LOCAL!

Gallery hours are 11am - 3pm Thursday through Saturday.
The First Stage Gallery - 514 Chestnut Street - Downtown Virginia, MN

Scheduled Gallery Exhibits
Ely Watercolor Group Watercolor April
Open Water Mixed group May
Levar, Sarah Watercolor Jun
Daniel Atyim Abstract oil Jul
Iron Range Mixed group Aug
Erickson, Mary Weaving Sep
Toot, Ryan Traditional wood working Oct
Amy Lucas Illustration, children's book Nov
Holiday Open House Mixed group Dec