Cecilia Kirby Binkley & Julia Roberts
September 6 - October 5, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, September 6, 2019, 5-7 P.M.
New Concept Gallery ushers in fall with a two-artist exhibit featuring the work of Santa Fe artists Cecilia Kirby Binkley and Julia Roberts. The exhibition opens with an artist's reception from 5-7 PM on Friday, September 6, 2019, and will be on display through October 5, 2019, at the New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM.
CECILIA KIRBY BINKLEY
Cecilia Kirby Binkley’s plein air paintings are intuitive and exhilarating translations of nature and the landscapes of New Mexico and southern Colorado. She is compelled to paint by the desire to capture the expression, movement and color of the landscape. Binkley uses a small canvas to quickly encapsulate a natural scene, and then, if she finds the plein air piece sufficiently compelling, she may choose to revisit the scene in a larger studio painting. The smaller works become the inspirational foundation for her large canvases: However, the larger pieces are also largely created from her memories, not just of the scene, but also of the full experience of creating the plein air painting. Cecilia’s large works are rich in texture, formed by the application of heavy oil paint with a palette knife. If her paintings elicit joy and thoughtful response, Binkley knows that her work has been successful.
For this years’ show, printmaker Julia Roberts has expanded on her “Aria” series of bold monotypes of imaginary southwestern landscapes, which debuted at her show in 2018. Before settling in Santa Fe in 2006, Julia lived in Europe for 16 years, producing her art in various ateliers and master classes in Paris and London. She spent many productive years working with master printmakers at the London Print Studio. Her masterfully executed hand-pulled prints show the influences of Asian and European printmaking methods, as well as the distinctive palette of her adopted home in the American Southwest.
Jane Abrams - Feral Flora
August 2 - August 31, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, August 2, 2019, 5-7 P.M.
New Concept Gallery is welcoming August with a solo exhibit featuring the lush botanical paintings of renowned artist Jane Abrams. Visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity to meet Jane at the opening reception from 5-7 PM on Friday, August 2, 2019. The exhibit will be on view through the month of August 2019, at the New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM.
Jane Abrams has lived and worked in the Village of Los Ranchos for over forty years, nestled in the north valley near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her colorful canvases are influenced by travels to the far corners of the globe, as well as by her walks along tree-lined acequias and verdant fields near her home.
Over the course of her career, Jane has exhibited her work extensively. She has received recognition through numerous prestigious awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and two senior National Endowment for the Arts grants. She has been honored with many artist-in-residencies, most recently participating in the Tao Hua Tan International Artist Retreat in China in May of 2019. Jane Abrams is Regents' Professor Emerita from the University of New Mexico, where she taught in the Department of Art from 1971 until 1993.
When describing Jane Abrams’ work, author Keiko Ohnuma wrote, “ Her canvases spill blossoms, leaves, roots and watery reflections in an intricate chaos that is as orchestrated as an Indian tapestry - and nearly as large.” Travels to Central America inspired moody tableaux of mythical scenes set in jungles, volcanoes, lakes, and ruins, steeped in saturated color. "Often there is a blending of the forces,” Abrams says of her private passions. “They continuously ebb and flow throughout my work."
Douglas Atwill & Ann Hosfeld
July 5 - July 27, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, July 5, 2019, 5-7 P.M.
New Concept Gallery would like to invite you to join us for a two-artist show featuring the work of Santa Fe artists Douglas Atwill and Ann Hosfeld. The exhibition opens with an artist's reception from 5-7 PM on Friday, July 5, 2019, and will be on view through July 27, 2019, at the New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM. In celebration of Santa Fe Art Week, we will also be participating in the Canyon Road Art & Wine Stroll from 4-6 PM on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.
A fixture in the Santa Fe art scene since the late 1970s, Douglas Atwill paints in acrylics, usually on the primed linen canvas he prefers. His subjects range from the New Mexico landscape of mesas, escarpments and mountain scenes to hidden corners of formal gardens. Atwill's work is included in personal collections, as well as on corporate and museum walls across the country. A prolific and disciplined artist, Douglas often completes fifty or more paintings each year.
Atwill is also well known in Santa Fe for his work as an designer and builder. He is the author of a dozen books, including novels, short stories, memoirs and poetry.
A graduate of the Cooper Union Art School in New York City, Ann Hosfeld studied primarily with the Abstract Expressionist painters. Later she moved to Los Angeles, where she developed her own style influenced by tropical plants of the Southwest. Early works were of banana leaves painted in Mexico, often abstracted emphasizing the light and shadow shapes of the plants.
Ann’s work continued to evolve after her move to Santa Fe in 1982. The desert colors and plants inspired a new group of paintings of agaves and cacti. Her botanical paintings have also been influenced by her travels, including a recent series of landscapes inspired by her visit to the Yves Saint Laurent cactus gardens in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Landscape of the Southwest
Photography by Steven A. Jackson
Oil Paintings by Linda Petersen
May 31, 2019 – June 29, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, June 7, 2019, 5 – 7 p.m
New Concept Gallery’s second show of the season is a study in contrasts. Featuring the elegantly understated toned photographs of Steven A. Jackson, and Linda Petersen's beautifully rendered oils, the show explores two different ways of interpreting the unique landscape of the southwestern United States. The show will open with an artist's reception from 5-7 PM on Friday, June 7, 2019. The exhibition will be on view through June 29, 2019, at the New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM.
STEVEN A. JACKSON
Steven A. Jackson’s photographs have always depicted images quite different than someone else might see and photograph. They show real scenes, but not the way most people would see them. They utilize subtle tones to create a specific mood – whether landscapes or simply details of objects that might easily be overlooked.
Although his background is in traditional “wet” black and white film photography, over the past decade Jackson’s work has all been digital – utilizing the genre’s extraordinary resolution and ability to create a subtle use of color that is reminiscent of toned black and white images.
Jackson has lived in Santa Fe for nearly fifty years. He has shown frequently at New Concept Gallery, along with many shows elsewhere in New Mexico and beyond. His work is in numerous private and public collections.
Linda Petersen welcomes the coming summer with scenes from a variety of locales. Her plein air and larger studio works come from her travels to Zion, Sedona and primarily northern New Mexico.
After completing her Fine Arts degree in Denver in 2002, Linda relocated to New Mexico in order to focus on the high desert landscapes. She has described Santa Fe and northern New Mexico as a kind of visual island--of dramatic, intense blue skies; of colorful and even majestic land formations as well as architecture both historic and unique. She connects the viewer to the intrinsic beauty of the Southwest.
RICHARD SWENSON, Sculptor
Celebrating Sculpture Month
Friday, April 26, 2019 – Monday, May 27, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, May 3, 2019, 5-7 P.M.
New Concept Gallery is celebrating Canyon Road’s first annual Sculpture Month with a solo exhibit showcasing the whimsical scrap metal sculpture of Los Alamos artist Richard Swenson. Visitors to the gallery will have an opportunity to meet Richard Swenson at an artist's reception from 5-7 PM on Friday, May 3, 2019. The exhibit will be on view through Memorial Day weekend, ending Monday, May 27, 2019, at the New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM.
Born and raised on a ranch on the North Dakota prairie, animals have played a central role in Richard Swenson’s life from the beginning. As an adult, Swenson served as a Navy Seal. He went on to earn advanced degrees in Physics and Mathematics, which led to a rich career as a physicist specializing in underwater acoustics. Although he was immersed in the world of science and technology, Richard never lost his sense of connection to the natural world. In the late 1970’s, he bought a farm, allowing him to again have large animals. The farm also provided an ideal setting for him to indulge in his hobby of restoring John Deere tractors.
Richard Swenson never considered himself an artist. He was inspired, however, by the relationships he saw between mechanical parts and natural forms. In 2000, he started assembling scraps of farm machinery and spare tractor parts into whimsical welded sculptures. Although he started by creating small pieces, his newly discovered art form quickly took on a life of its own. Soon he was sculpting herds of life-sized horses, towering giraffes, and sinuous Oriental dragons.
The fundamental theme of Richard Swenson’s art is, “The Primacy of Nature Over the Industrial Society.” It is Swenson’s hope that his sculpture, created from the spare parts cast aside by our throw-away culture, serves to remind us all of our vital connection to the natural world.
Richard Swenson’s work is widely held in private, corporate and museum collections, and is also on public display in New Orleans and in Los Alamos and Whiterock, New Mexico.