Reginald K. Gee

Chemical Skoids Void Balance, 1990
Acrylic on paper, signed right center
30 x 40 in
SKU: DB6368d
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This oil pastel artwork, 'Chemical Skoids Void Balance,' Reginald K Gee plays with space and perspective. Like in a collage, Gee layers multiple images on top of one another. A technique that modern and contemporary artist's praise for its ability to disorient the viewer with naturalistic space. At the bottom, the most dominant image shows a police officer tending to the wounds of another while a man in a trench coat looks onward. To the left, an image of a singer in an empty amphitheater. To the right disembodied glasses gaze upon these scenes like photographs in an album. 

30 x 40 inches, artwork
39.5 x 49.5 inches, frame
Signed right center
Signed, dated and entitled on reverse

Presented in a new custom frame, including a silver-finish, wood moulding. It has archival mounting materials and Museum glass.

Exhibited: "The History of Wisconsin Art: A Creative Place", Cedarburg Art Museum, 22 January –8 May 2022.
Published: Lidke, Thomas and Annemarie Sawkins. 'A Creative Place: The History of Wisconsin Art'. Cedarburg Art Museum, Cedarburg, WI, 2022. p. 376, illus.

Artist Bio:

Reginald K. Gee was born in Milwaukee on April 28, 1964 to Native American and African American parents and spent most of his childhood on the northwest side of Milwaukee in the Havenwoods neighborhood. Gee has been creating art since 1982, and his professional art debut began in 1986 at an outdoor exhibition at Milwaukee’s Performing Arts Center. Like Prophet William J. Blackmon and Simon Sparrow, Gee is primarily self-taught. He refers to himself as a visionary Neo-Expressionist. Like the Neo-Expressionists, his work is characterized by its raw depiction of subjects, the use of textural and expressive brushwork and intense colors. According to Sotheby’s auction house, Neo-Expressionist art, “[a]s a reflection of the postmodern world,” is characterized by a “sense of tension, alienation and ambiguity” and is “often accompanied by playfulness and parody.” Gee counts among his artistic influences Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and David Salle. He is a brilliant colorist who has produced a body of work numbering in the hundreds, including a series of pastels on brown paper bags executed from 1999-2007, some of which were among the works shown at a 25-year retrospective at the David Barnett Gallery in 2013. The artist has been featured at the Outsider Art Fair in New York, the National Black Fine Arts Show, and the Chicago Black Art Expo. In 2002, two of Gee’s paintings, The Inspiration and Honest Crowd, were selected for inclusion in a Smithsonian traveling exhibition honoring the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Another Gee painting, Nationwide Tobacco Ban, c 1998, was chosen for a campaign against smoking sponsored by the American Lung Association. According to the Milwaukee Journal in 1999, the artist had a spiritual epiphany that compelled him to move to San Francisco, start a ministry among the homeless, and continue to pursue the art career he began in Milwaukee.