Southwest Art

Southwest Art July 2020

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 期號


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a colorful approach

THIS MONTH we bring you our fourth annual special issue devoted to color. In the midst of challenging times, it seems fitting to focus on objects and experiences that bring us joy—and paintings that pack a vivid punch are a perfect example. This month we’re highlighting four artists for whom color is a major factor in their work. Each brings a nuanced approach to the subject. For still-life painter Rebecca Korth, “radiant color is intended as a smile-producing gift for anyone who sees her art,” writes Gussie Fauntleroy. “I never wanted to paint anything sad or dark,” Korth adds. The bright reds, yellows, greens, and blues in her work have several distinct sources of inspiration: her father’s extensive flower garden, the songbirds that are a tribute to her mother, and the…

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laura barrow

GROWING UP IN a family of painters, Laura Barrow recalls a favorite phrase they liked to toss around when something caught a family member’s eye. Often, these marvels were spotted outdoors, where the kaleidoscope of shapes and colors has dazzled the landscape artist since she was a child. “We’d be together and someone would say, ‘Oh my god, look at that,’ and we’d say, ‘Someone has their art eyes on!’” Today, adds Barrow, “I’ve always got my eyes open and looking.” Perusing Barrow’s oeuvre of sunlit southwestern landscapes, you’d never guess that the Austin, TX, artist once created abstracted works exclusively. “Raised on abstraction,” as she describes it, the oil painter spent her early fine-art career studying the works of abstract expressionists like Hans Hoffmann (1880-1966) and Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011). But…

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stephanie paige thomson

A SIGNATURE WORK by Stephanie Paige Thomson, at age 4 or 5, was an enormous face enthusiastically rendered on computer paper. Hyperbolic and emotive, her trademark faces usually expressed pure happiness or utter terror, and they often sat atop the “tiniest” bodies she could draw. “I was always copying other drawings, as well,” says the Indiana artist, now 22. Thomson remembers one year, during a road trip to the beach with her family, drawing a satisfying rendition of the collie on the cover of Lassie Come-Home. “I thought, ‘I will never draw anything better than this dog,’” she says, chuckling at the memory. In fact, the painter has created a number of award-winning works in recent years that she never dreamed, as a young girl, she’d create one day. Thomson started…

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kaye franklin

IN THE FIRST few decades of her painting career, plein-air artist Kaye Franklin generally aimed for big-picture views of the landscape—postcard-worthy vistas featuring mountain peaks and cloud-cloaked horizons. Today those “distance scenes,” as Franklin calls them, still have a place in her oeuvre. Far more frequently, however, she enjoys examining intimate scenes in nature and distilling them into rhythm, color, and texture on her canvas, from light-dappled cross sections of the western landscape to portraits of fruits and flower petals. “There’s just something about the way the light works within an intimate scene that I love,” explains the Texas native. “I can grab the intensity of the light in a small scene and hang onto that.” Take Franklin’s EARLY WINTER, which garnered an Award of Excellence in the American Impressionist Society’s…

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coeur d’alene art auction

EXPECT TO see the usual knockout offerings in historic and contemporary western art at the 35th annual Coeur d’Alene Art Auction this month. Widely recognized as the leading western fine-art auction in the country, the sale gets underway at noon on Saturday, July 25, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV. All 300 lots are on display starting on Friday morning, and Stremmell Gallery in Reno is offering previews by appointment until then. Though potentially fewer collectors may attend the auction in person this year, public health concerns aren’t likely to dampen interest in the blue-chip sale, which sees, on average, 96 percent of all lots sold. Mike Overby, auction principal along with partners Peter Stremmel of Stremmel Gallery and Stuart Johnson of Settlers West Galleries in Tucson, anticipates a…

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wildlife art month

COME THE summertime in Jackson, WY, the local mountain landscape is abuzz with life as pronghorn, grizzlies, moose, and more make appearances across Grand Teton National Park, many with fawns, cubs, and calves in tow. Meanwhile, the art market in downtown Jackson is also buzzing. “It just seemed like the ideal time to take the strongest part of our inventory and focus on those artists’ works,” says Astoria Fine Art’s managing partner Greg Fulton, alluding to the gallery’s large and diverse selection of wildlife paintings and sculpture by some of the most respected artists working in the genre today. Thus inspired, Astoria hosts Wildlife Art Month throughout July, when brand-new works featuring a menagerie of creatures large and small, feathered and furred, fill much of the spacious gallery. Presented on a…