Southwest Art May 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
our golden anniversary

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE, but I’ve been part of Southwest Art Magazine for almost 27 years now—a little more than half of the 50-year history we celebrate this month. I joined the staff in 1994, as it was gearing up to mark the 25th anniversary. One of the first big projects I worked on was the special issue accompanying the opening of Covering the West. This exhibition of 64 Southwest Art cover artists, organized with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, debuted there and then traveled to four more western museums. That special issue was packed with both big-picture perspective and countless small details, and it was my introduction to the western art world. In the decades that followed, many things changed. The magazine, which was an independent entity when I…

2 min
wyllis heaton

CALIFORNIA ARTISTS often have the luxury of a climate, community, and historical context that support their professional and personal lifestyles. Wyllis Heaton is well-acquainted with those benefits, having made a comfortable home and living as a painter in the Golden State for decades. Creating work in a lively colorist tradition that incorporates both traditional and contemporary impressionism, Heaton’s landscapes and still lifes sing with a vibrant joie de vivre and are becoming increasingly popular among collectors. Growing up in Pasadena, Heaton was influenced by many of the early California Impressionists, as well as by the illustrator William Stout, who lived two doors down from him. Stout gave the budding painter invaluable art lessons as well as access to an archive of rare art-history and design books. Like many great California artists,…

2 min
matt atkinson

STORYTELLING IS ONE of the hallmarks of great western art, and Matt Atkinson’s work has it in spades. His portraits and figurative scenes present detailed narratives of Native American and western life, with all of the epic history and heroism that western art connoisseurs appreciate and admire. Atkinson’s charcoal drawing MANY WINTERS is a perfect example. This 36-by-24-inch piece depicts a Native American warrior holding symbols of his heritage close to his heart, his demeanor pensive and his eyes filled with reflection. “This portrait of an elder and friend, who was battling cancer at the time, represents the strength and courage he demonstrated in the face of his battle,” Atkinson explains. “As he contemplates his life experiences, he also is thinking about how things will continue to change in the future.…

2 min
yvonne mendez

CAPTURING AN ANIMAL’S personality and spirit through portraiture can be decidedly more difficult than capturing a person’s. But Santa Fe, NM, painter Yvonne Mendez manages this endeavor effortlessly in her unique portrayals of horses, birds, dogs, and other creatures that embody many of the idiosyncrasies of human expression. Mendez’s still lifes, another beloved subject, possess a similar individualism, each communicating a meaningful moment that the artist hopes will remind viewers of equally beautiful memories in their own lives. A Florida native and longtime resident of Atlanta, Mendez now maintains her home and studio near New Mexico’s Atalaya Mountain. Her formal training includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans, LA, but the signature style she employs today—as well as her sensitivity to…

1 min
gerald peters gallery

A John Encinias painting is characterized by a subdued and subtle quality, a natural quietness. Encinias, who describes his technique as “impressionistic realism,” prefers painting directly from his subjects, whether still life or landscapes. He restricts his palette to warm and cool versions of the primary colors, softer colors which capture the nuances of color of nature, the hues which change with the seasons. 1005 Paseo de Peralta Santa Fe, NM 87501 Contact Maria Hajic for information: 505.954.5719 @geraldpetersgallery…

3 min
tim solliday

IT’S ALWAYS an exciting occasion when a prominent painter known for creating one-of-a-kind, time-intensive work is ready to present a new collection. That’s the case when Tim Solliday’s exhibition, titled Fall Poplars, opens at Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Los Angeles this month. It is the California artist’s third show with the gallery. Solliday spent years making a name for himself as a plein-air painter, but it’s in the complex western scenes exhibited here that his mature style—influenced by an eclectic mix of sources—finds full expression. Evidence of the California Impressionist and Colorist traditions learned from his teacher, Theodore Lukits, shines through, as does a William Morris-era attention to craftsmanship and design. His genuine reverence for the people and stories of the West is not unlike Paul Gauguin’s compassionate portrayal of the…