Opening Reception December 15th 6-9 pm.
For Immediate Release: December 5, 2011, New York, NY // Ed. Varie and Oliver Faraday are pleased to present Tipi Thieves, a collection of Drawings, Watercolor, and Sculpture by artist Felipe Merida.
Felipe Merida was born in Guatemala in 1983, and grew up in San Francisco, California. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, and Sheridan College in Toronto, where he graduated with a degree in Illustration. Merida has established himself as a successful graphic designer in the Fashion Apparel Industry and maintains his fine art endeavors as a personal journey providing inspiration and pleasure. His work is rarely exhibited publicly. In 2009 Merida collaborated with Nomads SF where the collection Tipi Thieves first publicly debuted. In 2010 he showed a collection of ink drawings entitled Indian Summer at Dylan Gallery, Philadelphia. Merida currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Renata.
The reoccurring theme of Tipi Thieves is drawn from Merida’s early and continuing fascination with Native American culture, old western films, and the all to familiar game of Cowboys vs. Indians. Merida uses inks and watercolors to reflect aged and weathered skin of old chiefs, hunters, and survivors. Vivid color is employed in the more graphic elements of the work in order to keep the shape and pattern simple and authentic. The laborious duality of pen and ink drawing allows Merida to mould his ideas and images through the direction of the line. New additions to the body of work are three-dimensional Tee Pees. The miniature versions of life size Tee Pees have been constructed using traditional materials and techniques. For Merida the Tee Pees are canvases to explore and communicate symbols and motifs as Native Americans once crafted. Each one is an individual and unique piece of art, and of course, a safe haven. This will be the first ever exhibition of Merida’s work in New York City.