A William Woods University art student—inspired by the late American artist Andy Warhol—created a painting honoring a living Missouri artist, Loran Creech.
Justin Beyer, a sophomore from Linn, Mo., is an American Sign Language interpreting major and art minor. He’s in Professor Terry Martin’s painting 1 class, which explores different types of media and artist styles, including Warhol’s.
Warhol was an American artist who became a central figure in the movement known as Pop art. Creech, who has been exhibiting in WWU’s Mildred Cox Gallery this past month, occasionally creates works using comparable techniques.
“I was replicating a work by Andy Warhol while adding my own style,” says Beyer. “Professor Martin suggested I do a work like this, only with Loran Creech in the pictures.”
Using Warhol’s style, Beyer produced a painting featuring Creech, an artist from California, Mo. Beyer completed the piece and full-size photographic copy to Creech during a reception in the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts.
“I was impressed and touched by Justin’s efforts,” Creech said.
Beyer credits his teacher, Martin, for encouraging him to take inspiration from Creech’s exhibit and create a completely new design.
“I appreciate Terry Martin suggesting this to me and giving me the opportunity. In class he creates a great atmosphere for creativity,” he said.
Martin praised his student, saying, “Justin’s painting project and expression of appreciation to Loran Creech is a unique student effort. I have very much enjoyed the group of students in the painting class this fall semester. They have accepted my creative challenges and this unique project by Justin Beyer is an example of the inventive and expressive paintings that are typical of this group of students!”