Cherry is a Boston-based representational painter, straddling the worlds of contemporary art practitioners with observational artists interested in figural constructs. His concepts and narratives are integrated and woven with a formal additive/subtractive process layering washes, glazes, marks, and drips that are accumulative and serve as a summation of an observational and painting process documenting thoughts, impulses and reactions. Balancing representation with abstraction and pure mark-making, the blend creates a final object with the process integral to the purity of its intent. His energies and oeuvre focus on the depiction of the face, head, bust and body but rather than portraits, Cherry sees his work more closely related to an objects or artifacts documenting the process of painting almost like a tapestry ... in layers or sessions of recorded time. His work contributes to a dialogue on individuality, gender, beauty, aging, time, and identity exploring the extraordinary within the context of the ordinary as he documents family, friends, and random people he connects with in life, on the streets and via social media. Most recently he has begun to explore collage as a way to involve automatic process and pre-made imagery to construct narratives exploring gender, sexuality, eros and religion/politics.
Cherry received his BFA from Northern Arizona University and his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he attended with the Presidential Fellowship. He is currently a Full Professor and Chair of Fine Arts at Lesley University College of Art & Design in Cambridge, MA where he has served for 8 years.
I am hoping to explore the nature of freedom and shame, celebration through sex, and liberation via embracing one's identity, moving from religion as a platform or construct and reacquainting oneself to tribal/pagan/worldly rituals of connecting one's mind/body/spirituality and sexuality to the earth we live on versus the abstract idea of heaven or hell or the pursuit of a "good" afterlife. I will be looking at the vast world we live in and creating a dialogue across cultures, time, and peoples and hopefully bringing meaning to the abundant truths sprinkled across this beautiful world we share. This will become even more evident as I use my travels to both find, study and explore artists and their artwork. (an example of such inspirations can be found in my most recent round of collages "and Venus was THEIR name ... GOT it!" where I am responding to the religious paintings and iconography I recently explored in Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid. In this case ... I am exchanging Jesus and the 12 apostles for 13 gender-bending Venuses)