Local artist brings recognition to Chair City
The influence of one of Thomasville's own now reaches beyond domestic shores.
Terry Kindley is a contemporary artist whose abstract pieces are bringing him worldwide acclaim since he signed to show at Agora Gallery in New York, N.Y. His unique style — which features geometry and rich color — has made him popular nationally and internationally.
Kindley’s showcase of work at an international art fair in London has received overtures from Italian art exhibits.
"Once I signed this deal with Agora Gallery in New York, all these places started wanting me to have all these exhibits in their area," Kindley said. "They've asked me in Italy to be in one of their international art fairs. The Nevada Museum of Fine Art has also asked me to exhibit there."
Kindley, a graduate of East Davidson High School, maintains residence in Thomasville on a horse farm, where his gallery is located. Once known for realistic depictions of nature, he has successfully made the transition from what he calls "old school" paintings to the new school, which focuses primarily on texture rather than the well-defined likeness of images.
Without the use of a paintbrush, Kindley crafts his pieces working only with his hands. He makes his own paint from raw materials and constructs his own masonite board, as opposed to a more traditional canvas. Weeks of labor-intense manipulation of material produces what is essentially poetry in color.
"It's not always about it being a picture: it's about geometry of nature," Kindley said. "It's about the subconsciousness of color and using things that relate to the viewer."
According to the press release from Agnora Gallery, “Terry Kindley opens a window into the subconscious, exploring the emotional geometry of the natural world in a rhythmically dynamic dance of color.”
Kindley developed his artistic background during a 30-year career in the home furnishings market, working with High Point-based Valspar Corporation. His mixed media is said to be generated based on personal experience and observations, also true of his previous work in generating Bob Timberlake-style pieces and the pictures which original brought him local exposure.
"As a young man, Terry first became notable in this area by his artistic renderings of historic buildings in Thomasville," said Kelly Craver, Thomasville city manager. "His talents have taken him to great heights internationally in the art world. His success is a shining example of the talents and work ethic of his hometown. We are all so proud of his accomplishments and his steadfast connection to his roots in Thomasville."
Although it will continue to be known locally as the Chair City, Kindley is working to ensure his hometown will continue to gain recognition in global markets as something other than the former furniture capital of the world.
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kinley’s art work may be viewed at http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Terry_Kindley.aspx . A reception in his honor will be held at Agnora Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11.