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2019 Best of Show Winner Returning to 51st Nescatunga Arts Festival


The Best of Show award winner from the 2019 Nescatunga Arts Festival is back for this year’s show – Kyzer Pop Art by James Edward Kyzer of Purcell.

Kyzer, who is entered in the mixed media category, said his artwork is inspired by the American pop art movement of the 1960s.

“For subject matter, I use things from everyday life and popular culture such as celebrities, comic book characters, animation characters and advertising,” Kyzer explained. “Each of my artworks includes a rendering of a soda bottle, can, bottle cap, label, sign or logo. Some works have other everyday objects included in their composition such as coins, postcards, maps or postage stamp, which I acquire at flea markets, antique stores, yard sales or from Ebay auctions.”

Kyzer said he uses various materials in his artwork including pencil, marker, colored pencil, acrylics, colored paper and found objects.

“A variety of techniques are used to create my artworks,” Kyzer added. “Most are assembled with drawings added to the composition. Every artwork tells a story.”

Kyzer said that besides the visual image on the front, each artwork has a printed description of the subject matter on the back. He also tries to use recycled frames purchased at garage sales and flea markets.

Kyzer, who retired in May 2012 after serving 35 years as an art teacher in the Purcell Public Schools, said that pop art serves as a hobby and keeps him busy using his God-given talents.

Featured on the KFOR-TV’s “Is This A Great State or What” segment on March 23, 2020, Kyzer has quite a list of arts and crafts events at which he has been a participant including all over the state of Oklahoma and also in Kansas and Texas.

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