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Genesis: The Creative Act at the Sheen Center
December 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am - January 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pmFree
( ge-ne-sis / The beginning or origin of something)
All creative acts have a beginning, an impulse to bring something into being. In the Bible, Genesis recounts the primal act of Divine creativity, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1)
In this exhibit, British painter and physicist, Peter Heywood explores the idea of creativity – both human and Divine – through images inspired by scripture, by the elegant vitality of dance and by the reflections of iconic New York churches. Whether depicting bodies in motion, mirrored architecture or imagining the biblical birth of the cosmos, Heywood attempts to capture the energy of the creative act and, in doing so, to convey some faint echo of the Divine spark and mystery of creation.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11am–5pm; Sunday 1pm–5pm
Gallery will be closed December 23, 2001 – January 3, 2022
Born in Yorkshire in 1944, Peter Heywood taught maths and physics for thirty years while devoting most of his free time to painting. Although in 1995 he was voted Britain’s Best teacher in a national newspaper search, encouraged by a successful one-person show at The Aberbach Fine Art Gallery, in London’s Savile Row, Heywood made the major decision to become a full-time painter.
He traveled extensively and, in South Africa, created a series of significant landscapes. Successful exhibitions followed in Johannesburg at The Cheri de Villiers Gallery and in Cape Town at The Everard Read Gallery and The Cape Gallery. Later during a two-year stay in Venice, inspired by its magnificent architecture, his work in oils and acrylics was exhibited at The Holly Snapp Gallery in Venice, at The Century Gallery in Henley-on-Thames outside London, and the Paterson gallery in Albermarle Street, London W1.
Several well-received exhibitions followed in Malta, and today, Heywood’s work can be found in many private collections around the world.
In 2011 he began spending more time in America, where he developed an arresting series, painting New York’s most famous landmarks as seen through the vast reflections in neighboring buildings. His first American exhibition took place at The Alan Barnes Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe. He has since had three more shows in New York City and Washington DC.