100 new works
Insight Gallery ushers in the fall season with its massive Annual Fall Group Show, featuring Western works from 60 nationally recognized artists, culminating in more than 100 works of art, including paintings, drawings, bronzes and stone carvings. The show, which runs September 7 to 28, highlights renowned oil painter George Hallmark, whose architectural paintings illustrating buildings throughout the Southwest, Mexico, France, Spain and Italy can be found in museums and private collections across the world. Widely known for his distinctive depictions of stucco walls, tile roofs and long shadows, Hallmark was named State Artist of Texas and participates yearly in the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale and the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West, among many others.
“We always enjoy the exhibitions because it gives us a chance to visit with both collectors, friends and other artists. I am also excited because I am the featured artist this year, and it allows me to paint a variety of subject matter,” says Hallmark. “[My wife] Lisa and I are
fortunate to be able to travel to beautiful places and that, along with the beauty of Texas where we live, is my inspiration.”
“This is a very select crowd of some of the nation’s finest... and deserving or not, I’m happy to be guilty by association,” says sculptor George Bumann. “As artists we work, work, work inside our own bubble, trying to create the best work we are capable of in hopes that a viewer will get some sliver out of it.” His bronze From the Brush Country was inspired by his father, who died of cancer in 2005. “Though the bronze depicts a deer and some cactus, the emotional core of the composition is my homage to his grace and fortitude while living with this disease,” Bumann says.
The stories of Native Americans throughout history are primary influences for Dan Bodelson’s artwork, the Santa Fe, New Mexico-based painter explains. “I read a lot—anything I can find—on who I paint. Sometimes it’s their name alone that inspires me. I have not yet found what I am trying to say in contemporary time, but I want people to see the figure I paint in a new light,” he says.
The exhibition showcases a diversity of artwork in terms of content and medium—oils depicting sprawling desert landscapes, bronze carvings of antlered beasts, charcoal drawings of horses, as well as a variety of human subject matter. Other artists participating in the exhibition include Mary Ross Buchholz, Jie Wei Zhou, Scott Burdick, Jill Carver and Lindsay Scott, among many others.
“I believe my work gets stronger with each painting. I am blessed to be doing this for a living and [am] still learning,” says Hallmark. An opening reception with the artists will be held September 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
George Bumann, From the Brush Country, bronze, 71 x 62 x 42”
George Hallmark, Autumn Leaves, oil, 12 x 16”
Dan Bodelson, Red Tomahawk, oil, 30 x 24”
George Hallmark, Sagrado, oil, 36 x 40”