Local artist, instructor and Fort Myers Public Art Committee member David Meo is branching out. He has not only decided to focus less on commissions and more on evolving a new series of abstract works, Meo has also just secured gallery representation in Europe through Whitepeaks Fine Art Gallery in Derbyshire, Great Britain.
Located at Dunston Hole Farm, Dunston Road, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Whitepeaks represents a mix of contemporary abstract and representational artists. Meo is an abstract painter, sculptor, set designer and arts instructor. During his career, he has worked primarily on commissioned pieces, including paintings, murals, sculpture, and sets for schools, churches, museums, and both private and corporate clients throughout the United States, as well as for feature films, national commercials, local television stations, and professional theatre companies. But he's now returning to the studio to focus on abstract works that more fully reflect his need for visceral expression.
His body of cultural work includes a sculpture-fountain of five life-sized figures depicting the Fatima apparitions of 1917 for St. Francis Xavier Church in Fort Myers; a life-sized sculpture of a tiger and bas-relief medallion for Ansonia Schools in Ansonia, Ohio; and modular sets for WGCU’s production series Expressions, In- Focus, the nationally-syndicated Health Sense. For the past 25 years, David has also designed sets for the annual “Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Awards” sponsored by The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and broadcast by WINK TV, as well as for Florida Gulf Coast University’s productions of Big Love, Metamorphoses, As You Like It and Tartuffe and Edison State College’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Servant of Two Masters.
Meo’s recent work includes maquettes for a memorial sculpture/ fountain for fallen and retired firefighters in Cape Coral, an 18’ “Titan” sculpture for Golden Gate High School in Naples, sets for WGCU-TV’s “Perspectives”, and an exterior historical exhibit for Ding Darling’s Calusa Shell Mound Trail, "Tiburon", a life-sized shark sculpture for Gulf Coast High School in Naples, and "Tidelines" an 85-foot relief wall sculpture for North Collier Hospital.
David teaches Art Appreciation, Color Theory, Drawing and Perspective and Digital Photography at Southwest Florida College. The Indianapolis native studied privately with landscape painter Gracie Senter and her photographer husband, Frank and also studied painting and life-drawing with noted artist Elmer Taflinger in adult night classes accredited by the John Herron Art Institute. In his senior year of high school, he won a National Merit Scholarship for his Best of Show portfolio.