For­mi­da­ble fig­ures

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60 new works

Smaller-scale art­works from some of the lead­ing West­ern artists in the coun­try will be show­cased at Insight Gallery’s end-of-the-year small works show, in­clud­ing Jill Carver, John Fawcett, Phil Bob Bor­man, Ge­orge Hall­mark, Scott Bur­dick, David Grif­fin and Jeremy Browne. The ex­hi­bi­tion, which hangs from Novem­ber 26 to De­cem­ber 31, will show­case up to 60 works in to­tal.

Rodeo Gals, il­lus­trat­ing two girls on horse­back, is a highly tex­tured piece with thick lay­ers of paint. Bur­dick, who cre­ated the piece, ex­plains that it was in­spired by a neigh­bor down the road from their home in North Carolina who trains girls to par­tic­i­pate in rodeos. “This paint­ing de­picts two of the girls Lisa trains wait­ing their turn to en­ter the bar­rel rac­ing com­pe­ti­tion. They also tie goats, rope cows and even do bull rid­ing. The ages are from 5 to 16, and I’m in awe of the guts and de­ter­mi­na­tion of these kids!” says Bur­dick.

A young, head­strong burro try­ing to be the al­pha in his herd is the sub­ject of Hall­mark’s oil, Frito. Upon notic­ing the in­trigu­ing be­hav­ior of the foal, Hall­mark asked his friend—who raises the bur­ros—the new ar­rival’s name. “He replied that he found him chew­ing on a corn cob a few days af­ter his birth; he said he smelled like Fri­tos, thus the moniker.”

“The paint­ings I will be in­clud­ing in this show are fo­cus­ing on ru­ral build­ings that I find around North Amer­ica,” says Browne, sev­eral of which de­pict cold, win­ter scenes, fit­ting for the sea­son. “My goal is to pro­duce a sense of be­ing in these lo­ca­tions and en­joy­ing the quiet­ness that is of­ten as­so­ci­ated with be­ing in the coun­try.” The artist ex­plains that he en­joys recre­at­ing the va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als that were (and still are) used to con­struct these hard­ened build­ings.

Other works in the ex­hi­bi­tion in­clude Grif­fin’s Heir­loom

of Big Bend and Carver’s Meadow Sun­rise, both land­scapes with the for­mer de­pict­ing a desert scene, and the lat­ter, a clear­ing sur­rounded by ev­er­greens. A cityscape by Hsin-yao

Tseng, as well as an­i­mal sub­jects like horses and cat­tle from a num­ber of other artists are also in­cluded in the show.

Jill Carver, Meadow Sun­rise, oil, 6 x 12"

Ge­orge Hall­mark, Frito, oil, 12 x 10"

John Fawcett, Big Horns To Fill, water­color, 10 x 15”

David Grif­fin, Heir­loom of Big Bend, oil, 12 x 16”

Scott Bur­dick, Rodeo Gals, 12 x 16”

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