Ilene Meyer [1940-2009] was a self-taught artist, who was inspired by her mother's drawings as a child. She began showing her surreal oil paintings in Washington and California in the 1970's. She paints in the Salvador Dalì 1904-1989 and Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 style, but with more life and feeling. She makes her paints come alive with her use of light, color, shadows and "all the details".
Extraordinarily rich and expressively rendered, Ilene Meyer's oil paintings and prints wrap viewers in the mists and myths of creation, exploring fantastical creatures and imaginary landscapes with piercing clarity and passion.As surreal as Picasso or Dalì, as evocative as Georgia O'Keeffe 1887-1986, this glossy gallery introduces sci-fi and New Age visualists to the first full-scale retrospective collection of Meyer's work. Invoking themes of ecology, conservation, culture, and civilization, Meyer's paintings pronounce that all existence is interconnected and that all souls are intertwined. Based on her own imagination, boundless creativity, and precise detail, her paintings cover a wide variety of subjects both created and real: man, animals, plants, still life and the universe, all encompassing science, philosophy and cultures fused with a profound understanding of the earth. She depicts her subjects in rich and clear colors encompassing a broad range of events on earth from past, present and future, inviting us into her imaginary world carrying message which vary according to the viewer. Already a cultural sensation in Japan and the subject of numerous articles and interviews and a documentary film, Meyer is perfectly primed to enchant America with her bold, painterly style. This is the first collection of Ilene Meyer paintings to be published in the U.S.