Wayne Amedee
Future Steps I, 2010
Digital imagery, acrylic, and collage on paper
50 x 68 inches

Wayne Amedee
Abundant Kindness (green), 2012
Painted wood construction
18 x 11 x 10 inches

Wayne Amedee
Artful Deceit, 2012
Painted wood construction
21 x 3 x 6 inches

Wayne Amedee
BP Boomtime III, 2010
Acrylic and collage on paper
34 1/2 x 46 inches

Wayne Amedee
Future Steps IV, 2010
Digital imagery, acrylic, and collage on paper
26 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches

Wayne Amedee
Future Steps VII, 2010
Digital imagery, acrylic, and collage on paper
26 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches

Wayne Amedee
Future Steps V, 2010
Digital imagery, acrylic, and collage on paper
34 1/2 x 46 inches

Wayne Amedee
Remembering Kindness I, 2012
Painted wood construction
18 x 2 x 4 inches

Wayne Amedee
Remembering Kindness II, 2012
Painted wood construction
18 x 2 x 3 inches

Wayne Amedee
Scattered Shadows I (blue and purple), 2001
Painted wood construction
18 x 6 x 6 inches

Wayne Amedee
Shameless (red), 2012
Painted wood constuction
15 x 9 x 8 inches

Wayne Amedee
Solitary, 2012
Painted wood construction
16 x 3 x 3 inches

Wayne Amedee
Sounds of Laughter, 2012
Painted wood construction
36 x 9 x 11 inches

Wayne Amedee
Unknown Innocence, 2012
Painted wood construction
38 x 16 x 11 inches

Wayne Amedee
Upright Heart, 2012
Painted wood construction
36 x 19 x 11 inches

Wayne Amedee

Recent Works

October 6 – 27, 2012

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent works by New Orleans artist Wayne Amedee. Inspired by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Paul Klee, Amedee’s work provides him with the means to express his rich interior life, and to share his thoughts and feelings with others. The titling of his work has long involved auto-biographical material and information from literature as varied as American poetry to the Psalms.

Wayne Amedee’s most recent works are a continuation and an extension of the ideas behind his large-scale sculpture in City Park titled Grateful Labors. Grateful Labors was donated by the artist to the City of New Orleans as a tribute to all who helped with the receovery of the city post-Katrina. The sculpture generated a large number of ideas for Amedee regarding both content and form for an ongoing segue of works. In the two dimensioanl works Future Steps I and II, the footprints from each of the elements in Grateful Labors are remade into colorful pieces with a certain positive rhythmic continuity. The titles of the works point to the future – leaving Katrina behind. Grateful Labors was also inspired by the cantilevered wall constructions made by the artist for many years, and the exhibit at Octavia will include several of these three dimensional works.

With a career spanning four decades, Wayne Amedee has seen his artwork succeed both locally and nationally. Over the years, in addition to New Orleans, he has shown in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. He has also earned numerous awards, including a Rockefeller Grant, New Orleans Museum of Art Award, and Loyola University’s Jesuit Award for “People for Others”. He is represented in NOMA’s permanent collection and has helped establish Loyola University's permanent sculpture garden. Amedee is a founder of the Contemporary Arts Center, actively involved with NOMA and Loyola University of New Orleans and is a trustee of Longue Vue House and Gardens.