HARRY UNDERWOOD: NEON BELIEVER
Julia Martin Gallery / 444 Humphreys St. April 4, 2020 - May 30, 2020
All works will be available for viewing at www.JuliaMartinGallery.com.
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The title Neon Believer comes from a group of Amish women Harry Underwood encountered in Kentucky wearing long, handmade, neon-colored dresses. Having never seen the traditional garments in neon before, he was inspired to add a neon green to his palette. The term stuck, noting that "neon believer" sounded a bit like "nonbeliever". Harry's subject matter often deals with feelings about religion. "Relating to people that are religious in my family has been very painful to me as though a wall stands between us." he acknowledges. His recent work delves deeper into philosophical realms delivering ideas via preachy sounding verses and proverbs - Harry's version of preaching, take it or leave it. From tiny hidden scrawlings to bold banner-like headlines, his musings thoroughly populate city scenes, forests and vistas, drawing viewers deep into his visions of Utopia.
For the last 12 years Harry Underwood has been a staple in New York's Outsider Art Fair. For the last twenty or so, he's been an integral part of Nashville's art scene. We are so pleased to welcome him back to JMG for his first local solo in nearly 6 years.
Check out the exhibition during the Virtual Art Crawl hosted by The Nashville Art Gallery Association on their YouTube Channel, May 2nd at 6pm.