Brenden Spivey’s massive summary paintings explode with colour and hundreds of circles.

His mixed-media performs — on watch now in New Albany’s Hayley Gallery — are all about strength and pleasure.

By working day, Spivey, 41, is senior venture supervisor with Victoria’s Key. As shortly as he shuts his laptop, he explained, he picks up his pet dog and then heads to his studio to paint.

On canvas, oil paper and encaustic on wooden, he paints with acrylics, producing dense scenes with thick-rimmed, round styles in dozens of contrasting and complementary shades. The styles in all the paintings are related, but each and every achieves an personal mood.

Spivey’s titles — they arrive to him as he listens to music or reads poetry — are typically whimsical: “Blue Your Brain,” “Tell Me Tomorrow,” “Crazy Shade of Purple” and “It’s Not Effortless,” for instance.

He stated that his Kinetic sequence — including the diptychs “Kinetic II” and “Kinetic III” — reflect his attempt to make kinetic electrical power a visible part.

All of his operates, he stated, “are truly a depiction of who I am … I’m upbeat, outgoing, outspoken.”

“You Bring Me Joy” by Brenden Spivey

In 2020, soon after some Downtown structures were being harmed for the duration of protests, Spivey was 1 of the artists picked by the Increased Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Affiliation for the Doing Arts to build murals on the plywood boards about broken windows at the Ohio Theatre.

But the indigenous of Newark is a relative newcomer to portray.

About 3 decades in the past, mentioned Hayley Deeter, owner of Hayley Gallery, Spivey came in with 1 of his first attempts, just on the lookout to have it framed.

“I’d Rather Be Blue” by Brenden Spivey

“I explained to him that it was truly awesome and difficult to think that it was his 1st effort and hard work,” she stated. “I told him he really should retain heading … He has this sort of an potential to mix hues, and I consider his shades depict his thoughts. In his perform, he’s variety of producing his possess artistic code.”

Spivey does plan to keep on. He reported that his perform with shade is all instinctive and he describes himself as an outsider artist, one particular with out formal classical coaching.

“I’m just a guy who thinks he can paint,” he mentioned.

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At a glance

Performs by Brenden Spivey proceed by way of Aug. 17 at Hayley Gallery, 260 Marketplace St., Suite B, New Albany. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays by Saturdays. Connect with 614-855-4856 or visit www.localohioart.com.