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Lain York

(b.1965) born and lives in Nashville
Twinkle Brothers, 2006
mixed media on panel, 47 x 47 x 4 ¼ inches, 2008.167.4

In 1990 York graduated with a B.A. in painting and art history from University of TN in Knoxville. Since then he has continued to create and exhibit his work in the South. As director of the Zeitgeist Gallery for over 20 years, he continues to influence the arts by spotlighting and exhibiting a variety of work from artists continuing the conversation of what is art today. Before Zeitgeist Gallery, York was the exhibition coordinator for the Kennedy Center on Vanderbilt Campus in Nashville.  His work has been exhibited at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Leu Gallery, Belmont University, and Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, as well as the University of the South in Sewanee. Other venues include Bolm Projects in Austin, Texas; Flood Projects in Asheville, North Carolina; the University of Alabama in Huntsville; and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

York’s work is in the collections of the Trans-Financial Bank, Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, and Tennessee State Museum in Nashville and the Saint Andrew’s Sewanee School in Sewanee. Other works outside the state can be found at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, and EMI in Los Angeles, California. His work has been published in New American Paintings, New York Arts magazine, Nashville Arts magazine, Art Papers and online blogs such as Two Coats of Paint, and Painter’s Table.

“Painting, vinyl, paint, and correct tape continue to be the dominant choice of materials as the work of late has become more abstracted. Color, design, and texture convey themes of portraits, landscapes, and architecture in bright colors and shapes reminiscent of synthetic cubist-era Picasso and Stuart Davis.”—York