Southwest Art December 2020/January 2021

The work of the West's most accomplished artists come to your home in the pages of Southwest Art. Dedicated to the coverage and preservation of this unique genre of American art, each issue profiles the artists of the Southwest and looks at their work and what to expect in the upcoming times. Written for collectors, dealers and art enthusiasts of all levels, Southwest Art acts as your very own gallery, with brightly colored photography of hand-picked pieces filling the pages!

United States
Peak Media Properties, LLC
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
out of the ordinary

WELCOME TO this special issue in which we celebrate the winners and finalists of our 10th annual Artistic Excellence competition. The process of selecting these winners seems to get more grueling every year, as the quality of the entries continues to impress us. Comparing artworks against one another is a profoundly difficult task, but it’s a joy to have so many beautiful and striking pieces to choose from. Once we settled on this year’s winners and I had a chance to reflect upon them as a group (see page 56), what stood out most was how many of them surprised me in one way or another. They are often unconventional, reflecting creative decisions made by the artists that are outside the norm and perhaps a little more risky than average. A terrific…

2 min
doyle hostetler

DOYLE HOSTETLER doesn’t think of himself as a wildlife artist per se. True, his oeuvre does include numerous portrayals of western fauna that are attracting the attention of art collectors and galleries alike. But the Phoenix, AZ, artist has also been garnering recognition for his depictions of working cowboys and their horses. One such piece received the Phip-pen Family Award at the Phippen Museum’s Western Art Show & Sale earlier this year. More recently, an enamored collector snapped up a pair of works by Hostetler portraying longhorns against his signature pale backgrounds—faintly delineated and seemingly washed out—that make his leading subjects pop with presence and vitality. Yet Hostetler can’t deny his passion for wildlife, an interest harking back to his boyhood days in Colorado, where he moved with his family from…

2 min
stephanie amato

IF YOU AREN’T already familiar with the works of Stephanie Amato, the first thing to know about the Georgia artist is that she paints fresh, fast, and loose. That’s true whether she’s working en plein air or in her studio, even when tackling her expansive seascapes. Amato tries to complete such pieces—which can measure up to 40 by 60 inches or larger—in just one or two sessions to preserve their alla prima energy. “I don’t want to overwork it,” notes the artist, who always has her plein-air studies on hand for reference. “I want to keep that looseness.” Another thing to know about Amato is that she hails from the East Coast and moved with her husband to the Atlanta area only about five years ago. Adapting to the brighter landscape…

2 min
nicole finger

NICOLE FINGER was a high-school student when she discovered painter Wayne Thiebaud’s iconic portrayals of frosted cakes, meringue pies, and other sweet treats. His paint itself looked like icing, Finger recalls thinking. Back then, though, the budding young artist didn’t feel a yearning to paint food portraits herself. In fact, it would be a few more decades before she would begin depicting scrumptious treats in her own repertoire of oil paintings. Over the years, Finger has portrayed classic still lifes, landscapes, horses, and the figure. Water, too, became a subject of interest because of its reflective qualities. “And then I went to food,” says the artist, “because there was a reflective quality there, too.” Enter Finger’s oversized portrayals of edible temptations that may soon have you dashing off to a pastry…

3 min
coors western art exhibit & sale

THE AMERICAN West has long been a subject of fascination for artists working in a range of genres, mediums, and styles. In fact, though we usually know what to expect when it comes to classic depictions of the West, modern western experiences often prompt new and unexpected interpretations that surprise and delight viewers. For this reason and others—including its exemplary roster of established and emerging artists—the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale is known for impressing visitors year after year with its cutting-edge offerings. “I have collectors and artists alike who say to me, ‘This is my favorite show, because I have no idea what I’m going to see every year,’” says curator Rose Fredrick. “And I absolutely love being able to do that for people.” Traditionally, the show opens in…

3 min
four directions

THE STEAMBOAT Art Museum has established a strong reputation for presenting exhibitions on some of today’s best western artists. This month a quartet of such respected painters comes together for a blockbuster show titled Four Directions—Common Paths. Ralph Oberg, Matt Smith, Skip Whitcomb, and Dan Young are linked not just by their depictions of the western landscape but by deep personal and professional friendships that have endured for more than three decades. “It’s not only about their art,” says Betse Grassby, the museum’s executive director. “It’s their story, their incredibly positive camaraderie and brotherly competition through which they’ve pushed each other to excellence.” All four artists—Smith, who hails from Scottsdale, AZ, is the only one who doesn’t live in Colorado—plan to be on hand during the show’s early days for a…