October 22, 2021

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Gastonia blended-medium artist results in artwork for far more than 50 several years

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A 73-yr-outdated blended-medium Gastonia artist even now “eats, sleeps and drinks art” just after a lot more than 50 years of portray and sculpting. 

Gastonia indigenous Roy Woods, known as “Roy Lindsay” as an artist, owns a studio at 729 W. Franklin Blvd. where by consumers are welcome to explore his broad collection of combined artwork. 

“I just like the challenge that distinct mediums provide,” mentioned Woods. “Individuals are constantly considering that I was significant when sculpting or asking me ‘What was I on?’ but I inform them that I was just high on existence.” 

Woods owns several abstract blended-use art pieces made of carbon, resin, window blinds, ironing boards, bowling balls and anything at all else that he finds out on his nature walks. 

“My art is motivated by life and mother nature,” explained Woods. “I feel activities come to brain even from way, way back again when I commence performing on a piece and I don’t even know what it will change into.”

“It really is religious,” mentioned Woods. 

His adore for artwork would start out in the early 60s when having a wood shop course at the former segregated Highland Higher Faculty, where he would graduate in 1966. 

“We didn’t have a ton of art classes at my school so it would be challenging later on when I took classes at the Art Institute especially due to the fact most folks came in with 4 to five courses of practical experience from higher school,” mentioned Woods. 

Gastonia native Roy Woods creates art for more than 50 years using scrap pieces found in nature.

Building It 

The inspiration to have his own studio would arrive right after observing the studios of his lecturers at the Artwork Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the place he would graduate in 1973. 

“The studios ended up loaded with collections of their possess art that they accumulate and market,” reported Woods. “My teachers thought in me and advised me that I could do the same issue.”

He returns to Gastonia in 1974 following marrying his late spouse, Belinda, that he achieved at the Artwork Institute. He would individual various studios throughout Gastonia providing and sharing his function. 

He nonetheless ran into worries in pursuing a job as a Black artist in the 60s all through segregation when there were not lots of Blacks pursuing the industry. 

Gastonia native Roy Woods begins working on clay sculptures in his studio at 729 W Franklin Blvd.

“There ended up times when I would go in for a task even in Charlotte and the people today would routinely believe I couldn’t do the perform devoid of even looking at my work,” reported Woods. “I would just go in with the mind-set that I would make it no issue what.” 

He would do just that in building a name for himself across North Carolina by numerous displays in Belmont, Charlotte, Durham, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Spartanburg and much more.

His do the job gets notice from nationwide artist promoters and showcased in spots like the Gaston County Museum, the previous Art Station in downtown Gastonia and Gaston Faculty

Family

Woods feels most very pleased of his one-gentleman demonstrate characteristic in the Duke College medical center in 1990 honoring his late spouse who died from lupus before that year. 

Roy Woods keeps walnut wood sculpture from an exhibit dedicated to his late wife who died from Lupus in 1990.

“She suffered with lupus for 17 many years and this was through the 70s when people today were just starting to learn a lot more about it so her health professionals ended up at Duke College,” mentioned Woods. 

The college would enable Woods to showcase his artwork in the healthcare facility lobby to honor his wife.  

“The artwork was manufactured of walnut wooden and it was about 10 or 11 pieces of paintings and sculptures,” reported Woods. “They held it up for two months and the nurses came and told me how sad they have been to see it go when I arrived to get it.” 

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