Reception: Thursday, April 14th, 2011, 5:00-8pm
Hours: Mon – Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5
Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to present a solo show of work by Victor, Idaho based artist Mike Piggott. Things That I See presents Piggott’s recent paintings and works on paper. During a reception for the artist on April 14th, Tayloe Piggott Gallery will host a lightly moderated forum and open conversation with members of the community involved in the contemporary art market art, including collectors and advisors. The reception and forum are open to the public and attendees are invited to engage in the conversation with questions of their own.
Citing influences such as Gerhard Richter and David Hockney, Piggott says that as a painter, he has grappled with questions about what the artist’s hand means, and who can define the existence of the artist’s hand in certain areas of contemporary art. Though does not Piggott consider himself technologically savvy, he creates works of art daily on his iPad, using it as a tool to reconcile his role as a painter with the evolving and increasing presence of technology in our world. The body of work included in this show has grown out of Piggott’s time spent in solitude in the wilderness of Jackson Hole and Eastern Idaho. Working from memory, photos taken during hikes or ski tours, his iPad sketches or from drawings done en plein air, Piggott infuses his paintings with a growing awareness of his mortality and of the transience of existence. By painting the things that he sees, often the same scene more than once, Piggott allows the viewer to gain insight into how he views the world and his place within it. The fleeting moments he captures suggest that our existence is fleeting, while the passing of time is constant.
Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, Mike Piggott attended the Virginia Commonwealth University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1987. He also studied at the Winchester College of Art in Winchester, England. Piggott moved to Jackson Hole in 1988 and later opened a framing business which eventually developed into an exhibition space and gallery for local contemporary artists looking for representation in the valley. Piggott now lives and paints in Victor, Idaho, and assists his wife, Tayloe Piggott, with operating the Tayloe Piggott Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming.