Four Corners realist and impressionist artist Timothy David Mayhew will display his paintings in “Drawn to Art: The Paintings and Drawings of Timothy David Mayhew,” the Artists Invitational show at San Juan College September 21 through October 14 at the San Juan College Art Gallery in the Henderson Fine Arts Center. Sponsored by the College’s Fine Arts Committee, the exhibit will showcase Mayhew’s oil paintings and lithographs. A reception to meet the artist will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 21.
Like most artists, Mayhew has been drawing since he was old enough to hold a pencil. Today, his work is hanging in collections in museums and galleries all over the country, including Harvard University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Michigan, Medical College of Ohio, San Juan College and even the Baltimore Orioles Organization, as well as several private collections. He has exhibited his work at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Cheyenne, WY; a gallery in Durango, CO; arts festivals in Scottsdale, AZ; the University of Wyoming Art Museum; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.
Mayhew earned his doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
In 1979, after completing his formal education, he moved to the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. Since then he has lived on several different tribal reservations, including the Apache, Cherokee, Sioux, Havasupai and Navajo. He currently has a home on the Navajo Reservation.
Mayhew works with the curators of old master drawings at the Smithsonian’s National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., researching the origins and uses of early Renaissance drawing materials. In addition he works with curators and conservators at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University doing research on drawing materials and techniques.
Mayhew has pursued the difficult original printmaking technique of direct stone lithography. And, he has adopted the working methods of Italian Renaissance artists who thoroughly study their subject matter. His working methods include meticulous research to learn as much as possible about the subject. Mayhew has studied with some of the finest contemporary masters of art to learn how to compose, how to depict animals in their natural environment, how to use color and how to paint landscapes on location.
Mayhew has contributed one of his lithographs to the Fine Arts Committee, who will be selling tickets to win this piece during the opening reception and throughout the run of the show.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday. For information, call (505) 566-3464. Admission is free to the reception and exhibit.