2019 Blank Slate challenge
Four designers take on the 2019 Blank Slate challenge: “Blue Tulsa,” an embellished print on canvas by Tulsa artist Derek Penix.
“Blue Tulsa,” an embellished print on canvas by Tulsa artist Derek Penix. Available in multiple sizes from Royce Myers Gallery, 1706 S. Boston Ave.
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Derek Penix is a Tulsa artist whose art has earned him numerous accolades and awards over his years of painting, including the 2016 Gold Medal Award from Oil Painters of America’s 25th National Juried Exhibition.
On Feb. 28 and March 1, Royce Myers Gallery will host receptions for Penix’s first one-man show in Tulsa. Through April at the SoBo District gallery, approximately 30 pieces of Penix’s work will be on display and for sale, including new works from his cityscape series.
“All paintings to me are more about the abstract than the actual subject matter,” Penix says. “The quality of the light, the shapes and colors. But being from Tulsa I was thinking about how I could paint downtown from a unique perspective and this idea was born. An aerial view.”
Many of the paintings at the show will be ones Penix has created over the past year, including a sycamore tree at Philbrook, koi from the Linneaus Teaching Garden and peaches from a tree in Porter.
Penix says Royce Myers was one of the first to inspire the artist as a young man and from that he has been able to show in galleries across the country and teach workshops to other passionate painters.
Go to the next page to see what four local designers did to style this piece of art.