Buffalo (NY) – The Benjaman Gallery on Elmwood Avenue will be unveiling “Man of Extremes”, an exhibition of the work of area painter and sculptor Westley “Wes” Olmsted. Olmsted, a distant relative of the famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, is predominantly recognized for his sculpture, which was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Burchfield Penney Art Center (BPAC). The exhibit titled “Art as Revelation: Sculptures and Altars by Wes Olmsted” was on view at the BPAC from January through March of 2004.
While “Man of Extremes” will include Olmsted’s sculpture, the focus of the exhibition will be his modernist landscape paintings in oil and watercolor, as well as his intense politically charged Vietnam War era drawings.
In whatever medium Olmsted was working, he pushed boundaries with unexpected color and composition. He saturated both his serene landscapes and his almost combative pen and ink drawings in heavy amounts of dark inks and paints. The drama in these divergent works are the expression of a man who lived a life filled with passion for his family, a deep appreciation for classical music, and a unique spirituality.
The exhibition will open for First Friday in November and run through December 19.
Westley G. Olmsted (1934-2011) was a painter and sculptor. He was born in Buffalo, New York, and was a distant relative Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Buffalo’s park system. Olmsted attended the Albright Art School and served in the Army in Germany during the Korean War. He exhibited his work extensively throughout Western New York and is included in several collections including the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Griffis Sculpture Park, Auburn University Art Department, Anderson Gallery and Penn State Catholic Community, among others.
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