Minia­ture show

Western Art Collector - - CONTENTS - Danny Galieote, Dou­ble Whiskey Please, oil, 13¼ x 11¼"

This sum­mer, Maxwell Alexan­der Gallery will mount a small works show fea­tur­ing a num­ber of its gallery artists. The show will have no par­tic­u­lar theme, other than the size, so the style and sub­ject mat­ter rep­re­sented is far-reach­ing. Artists will in­clude both con­tem­po­rary and Western, and some who blur the gap. Among them are Teresa El­liott, Danny Galiote, David Gross­mann, Matt Smith and Kim Wig­gins.

Over the past 30 years, much of Wig­gins’ work has been fo­cused on sym­bol­ism and his paint­ing A Song in the Gar­den of Taos fits that bill. The work, which is part of his Voices Se­ries, “cen­ters on the iso­lated sur­round­ings of Taos, New Mex­ico,” he ex­plains. “By the end of the 19th cen­tury, Amer­i­can artists were search­ing des­per­ately for a place and a sub­ject that would set their work apart from the Euro­pean school of art. The re­mote vil­lage of Taos soon emerged as the purest sym­bol of un­blem­ished Amer­ica…as if a fabled Amer­i­can Gar­den of Eden.”

In Au­tumn Cot­ton­wood and River View, Gross­mann de­picts one of his fa­vorite cot­ton­woods. “It grows on the banks of the Colorado River in an open space that is filled with the sound of wa­ter and of rustling leaves,” he says. “I es­pe­cially love go­ing there to paint this tree in the au­tumn when its leaves are ra­di­ant, caught in the breeze and spread­ing the air with gold.”

An­other land­scape paint­ing in the show is Smith’s Per­alta Cliffs, which was in­spired by an area the artist has painted and hiked for 35 years. “The day I set out to paint this piece, my goal was to fo­cus on the cliffs,” says Smith. “Ev­ery­thing changed when I came across the dra­matic, cast shadow on the arm of this lone saguaro. The cliffs were still present, but the plant ruled.”

Galieote has a love of old Hol­ly­wood cin­ema in­clud­ing vin­tage Westerns. It came about from his fam­ily hav­ing horses and a clothing store on Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard in the 1940s through 1960s. “Even though I wasn’t around to visit the store, I have my grand­fa­ther’s home movies. All the old film footage and his sto­ries com­bined to­gether to cre­ate this nat­u­ral at­trac­tion and un­der­stand­ing of this era,” he shares. “I’ve al­ways liked to glean stylis­ti­cally from this pe­riod’s artis­tic de­sign sen­si­bil­i­ties as well and use them as my ves­sel to ad­dress time­less so­cio­cul­tural themes in my work. In this case, my nar­ra­tive re­volves around this tough, in­de­pen­dent cow­girl pass­ing through for an af­ter­noon li­ba­tion.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs July 13 through 27.

Kim Wig­gins, A Song in the Gar­den of Taos, oil, 14 x 11"

Teresa El­liott, Brah­man Calf, oil, 12 x 16"

Matt Smith, Per­alta Cliffs, oil, 10 x 14"

David Gross­mann, Au­tumn Cot­ton­wood and River View, oil on linen panel, 8 x 10"

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