Gentry, Untitled (New Offer), 2009, matte medium transferred advertisements, 18" x 20"


Mike Gentry

Rock Hill artist Mike Gentry (b. 1986, Charleston, S.C.) had his most recent solo exhibition at the city’s Gallery UP. He has had two exhibitions at the McLaurin Galleries at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. He has participated in group exhibitions in Charlotte, N.C., and Rock Hill, including those at Charlotte’s Elder Gallery and Johnson & Wales University and Rock Hill’s Rutledge Gallery. In 2008, Gentry received a BFA in sculpture from Winthrop University. He is the gallery manager for the Arts Council of Rock Hill & York County.

Statement of support:

Mike Gentry in is among the young unknowns in South Carolina. His work speaks to a new generation and arts audiences through the images and content that populate people’s daily lives. His well-crafted panels react to commercial culture and the visuals constantly presented to consumers. The work consists of common advertisements from junk mail and local businesses. Gentry employs the advertisements to function as color and texture as he creates visually engaging works and grid-based paintings. He has become a key member of the Rock Hill arts community as an advocate for young, emerging artists.

Tom Stanley, Winthrop University, Rock Hill

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