Featured speaker for Greater Saint Louis Art Association, May 2017
Our May program will be painter Alex Johnmeyer. As co-chairman of the GSLAA sponsored Blooming Artists Project, Alex will tell us about the project and show us photographs of the exhibit's reception held earlier this month at 1900 Park Gallery. Alex will also tell us about their journey as a painter in the St Louis area. Alex creates paintings based upon their photography. The scenes and still-lifes they create are either naturally occurring or created in the artist's studio. They meticulously recreate the photography in either a combination of watercolor, gouache and ink, or acrylic, sometimes combined with different texture media. "I feel my artistic style is a mix of photo realism and expressionism. When one of my paintings shows texture, whether actual or implied, I feel it pulls the audience into the piece." A graduate of Missouri State University (Springfield, MO), Alex started their company, Super Keen Creations, LLC, selling commissioned paintings to art collectors and St. Louis businesses. Alex began showing their work in galleries throughout St. Louis. They actively participates in charity benefits throughout the year, including "Wall Ball," charity auction to benefit Artscope, and "Art of PAWS," a benefit for the St. Louis Effort for AIDS, as well as their involvement the Blooming Artist Project.