Gallery features trio of Detroit-based artists in exhibition

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 17, 2015

 “Headdress,” by Tim Yanke, a Birmingham artist featured at Park West Gallery July 12-26, is a mixed-media piece with pigment, pastels, ink and charcoal on canvas.

“Headdress,” by Tim Yanke, a Birmingham artist featured at Park West Gallery July 12-26, is a mixed-media piece with pigment, pastels, ink and charcoal on canvas.

Photos provided by Park West Gallery

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SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate the rich history, diverse culture and vast artistic landscape of Detroit, Park West Gallery in Southfield is featuring three local artists this summer who encompass what Detroit is all about.

According to gallery director David Gorman, the exhibition, “Detroit’s Finest,” is meant to showcase the spirit of Detroit through art.

“It’s a real happening time for Detroit and the arts, and that’s what really kind of motivated us in creating this exhibition — the fact that Detroit is on the up and coming end right now, and we have some fantastic artists coming out of this area,” Gorman said.

Park West Gallery’s headquarters are located in Southfield at the Applegate Square Shopping Center, 29469 Northwestern Highway, with a distribution center in Miami Lakes, Florida.

From June 28-July 12 the gallery featured Detroit resident Marcus Glenn, a figurative abstract artist who draws inspiration from music, namely jazz. From July 12-26, the gallery will feature Huntington Woods expressionist Tim Yanke.  Detroit artist Dominic Pangborn will be featured from July 26-Aug. 9.

Yanke, who owns Red Cloud studio in Birmingham, said he knew he wanted to be an artist from a very young age. His abstract paintings range from expressionism to imagery, he said.

Yanke said his father’s encouragement solidified his desire to become an artist.

“I remember showing my father this drawing I did on the kitchen table,” Yanke said. “He took the time to tell me, ‘You know what, Tim, you’re very creative and you have a great imagination.’ When you have that kind of encouragement from a parent, it sticks with you.”

Emotion is the main component in his pieces, Yanke said.

“The abstract expressionists are 100 percent spontaneous. It’s an application of color, energy and flow where you have pieces that show a lot of emotion, that show a lot of range and intensity, and those are a blast,” Yanke said.  “It’s you and the canvas — you are interacting spontaneously with the canvas, the music, the paint. It’s a great community between a painter and the canvas to have that kind of flow and energy.”

For more information on Park West Gallery or the “Detroit’s Finest” exhibition, go to parkwestgal lery.com.

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