Gary Monroe

Many may view Tennessee as being famous for Elvis Presley, Country Music, the Great Smokey Mountains, Moonshine and Moon-pies. Tennessee is or has been home to Graceland, Liberty-land, Opry-land, Dollywood, Rock City, Twitty City and Buford Pusser’s Museum of Justice. From this information, many may consider my home state an “apocryphal locale”. This is an actuality, a locale were Southern and Appalachian culture collide with kitsch and popular culture. These qualities are what inform my artwork.