& On-going galleries / wall-spaces my art is hanging / posted:
Redwood Art Association Artist Choice Exhibition
Cal Mentor @317 3rd St #4, Eureka, CA 95501
Savage Henry @415 5th St, Eureka, CA 95501
Canvas & Clay Holiday Sale(50% OFF)
@233 F Street, Eureka, CA 95501
NHS @1580 Nursery Rd, Mckinleyville, CA 95519
RAA New Year Exhibition 2022
Please see Reuben's Resume for a full list of his show activity.
About the Artist...
“Hello All My Friends:
My name is Reuben Mayes. I'm 30 years old and I live in McKinleyville. I am an artist and my style is named Abstract Expressionism. I feel excited and happy and proud and silly and crazy when I'm painting.”
~Reuben T. Mayes, Artist
Reuben named his website "Art In My Work Boots" insisting on wearing his work boots when creating his art. Did you know that world- famous Abstract Expressionist Artist Jackson Pollock also insisted on painting wearing his own heavy leather boots? Pollock said his boots made him feel connected to the earth and grounded.
Reuben likes acrylic on canvas because it is less toxic and dries faster than oils and acrylic is easy for him to apply with his high-energy brush strokes on any size canvas which is representative of an Abstract Expressionist artist. Following is a good definition and summary of Reuben’s style.
Abstract Expressionism is a painting style in which an artist applies paint rapidly and with force onto a small to huge canvas in an effort to show feelings and emotions, painting gesturally, non-geometrically, sometimes applying paint with large brushes, sometimes dripping or even throwing it onto canvas. Abstract Expressionism is characterized by a strong dependence on what appears to be accident and chance but which may be highly planned. Sometimes an Abstract Expressionist artist is concerned with adopting a peaceful and mystical approach to a purely abstract image. Usually there is no effort to represent subject matter.
All of Reuben’s work is abstract and expressive with the spontaneity of Reuben’s approach to his work drawing from and releasing the creativity of his unconscious mind. The expressive method of his painting is considered as important as the painting itself.
Alternative Building Center in Old Eureka Graciously Welcomed Reuben for his First Solo Show July 2014. (former)Wolf Dawg Eatery in Old Eureka had Reuben showing twice in 2014 and June, July 2015 and multiple times till 2018. An Unforgettable Delightful experience was at the San Francisco de Young Museum of Art, March 2015 with slide showing of "Geneva Good Spicy" (greeting card & print is available of the original painting SOLD).
HCAR and Trajectory Art Program have been supportive to Reuben as studios where he paints in Old Town Eureka. Between December 2015 and 2019, Reuben ran his own Gallery named "Abstracts In The Back Room" in Vance Hotel lobby behind what once was Wolf Dawg Restaurant & was open Every Arts Alive! Eureka. Now you can catch him showing art at other locations around Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville and Trinidad, once our "shelter in place" has changed for the better. Reuben’s Dreams and Plans Are Simply To Have Fun Every Day that He Expresses Himself Creating “Art in My Work Boots” and Sharing His Art with "All My Friends".
Original Acrylic on Canvas Paintings
Please CONTACT by EMAIL or PHONE to Check on Availability and Purchase Original Paintings+Ceramics, as the online gallery is a work in progress year-round.
Art Greeting Cards
Art T-shirts in Short & Long Sleeve