James Wille Faust: The Geometric Edge of Nature at the Midwest Museum of American Art

Based in Indianapolis, James Wille Faust is an artist of national notoriety who came to prominence in the 1980s. His work displays a sense of transcendental color and surface illusionism. In his carefully crafted compositions, Faust blends what has been described as a passage between reality and abstraction that transmits a beautiful but mysterious sense of clarity. The use of color in this body of work becomes a mirror for meditative practice as the artist states, “I attempt to use color as a purifying spiritual force to create calm and harmony. These paintings are intended to inspire each viewer with a positive vibration of healing and enlightenment.” Poetically engaging and visually delightful this exhibition features 50 paintings and 9 sculptures by Faust that mindfully form The Geometric Edge of Nature.

Faust is a graduate of the Heron School of Art (now a part of the IU system) and received recognition as an “Absolut Indiana” artist in a past campaign organized by the major vodka company. In 2005 he created a large public sculpture, The Heron Arch I. The 20-foot-tall structure located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis is Faust’s first permanent large-scale sculpture. The sculpture is comprised of over thirty geometric sections of shaped aluminum painted in his signature illusionistic designs that are also geometric.

James Wille Faust has a BFA in Sculpture from the Herron School of Art of Indiana University in 1971, MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1974 and Summer Classes in 1968, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Born in 1949 he grew up on a farm in rural Lapel, Indiana. Faust has been a professional artist since 1978, and his award-winning artwork has been exhibited in galleries, universities, and museums both locally and nationally, as well as, internationally.

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