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George Snyder: Metropolitan



(Charleston, WV…) The Art Store is pleased to present Metropolitan, a solo exhibition of works by renowned artist, George Snyder. The exhibition will consist of three-dimensional and canvas artworks that blend bold colors with realism and abstract expressionism. Metropolitan will open Saturday, May 14th with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m.  A reception to honor the artist will follow until 7:30 p.m. The Metropolitan exhibit will continue to be displayed through June 28, 2016.

Snyder received his Bachelors of Art from Marshall University and Master of Fine Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; he is an active artist currently residing in West Virginia. Prior to moving back to WV, Snyder and his wife Jennifer, who is also an artist, lived in Florida. George Snyder has been creating artwork since the early 1970s, and describes himself as a recognized innovator in the use of acrylics. Snyder’s unique style and painting technique is captured in two publications; Nicholas Roukes "Acrylics Bold and New" 1990, and “Design Synetics: Stimulating Creativity in Design,” 1988, both Watson-Guptill Publications. Roukes, describes Snyder as a leading, contemporary artist among others such as Edward Betts, Paul Jenkins and Robert Rauschenberg.

Snyder was initially drawn to the industrial world and the shapes of hoses, cables and tubes in helicopters and prop jets. This was the foundation that resulted in three-dimensional pieces and paintings that reflect different geometric patterns and interesting shapes. Snyder uses acrylics and hand-paints each design carefully to achieve the illusion of airbrush. He generously uses tape to define shapes on his canvas. His sculptural pieces are interesting forms that have been strategically wrapped in his uniquely painted canvases. His artworks are very recognizable, and considered statement pieces for indoor and outdoor spaces.  

Snyder has exhibited across the United States, in solo and group exhibitions, and his artwork has been included in numerous public and private collections, some of which include General Electric, Federal Express and UpJohn Corporation’s permanent collections, as well as in the private collections of Peter Nero, Andre Agassi, Jack Palance and Dennis Rodman. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, AL, New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans, LA and the Vero Beach Center for the Arts in Florida. Local collections include the Huntington Museum of Art and Marshall University in Huntington, WV, CAMC and Clay Center in Charleston, WV. Snyder agreed to be represented by The Art Store in 2008.

Metropolitan continues through the 28th of June at The Art Store, located in the Downtown District of Charleston at 233 Hale Street. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 – 5:30; Saturday 10– 5 and anytime by appointment. For further information please call 345-1038 or visit the George Snyder: Metropolitan exhibition online at

George Snyder: Metropolitan

May 14 – Jul 1, 2016