The subject of my art is the country known as the ‘four corners’, a term that describes the country where the states of Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico meet. The geography is as varied as one can imagine. It contains the magnificence of Canyon de Chelly; the colorful and soaring monoliths of Monument Valley and Canyonlands National Park; peaks, valleys, and rivers of mountain ranges like the San Juans that are referred to as the American Alps; the piedra lumbre geography of northwestern New Mexico; and skies that are as vast and as infinite as any in the world.
The common denominator of all this country is SPACE. The objects in the paintings: the infinite depth of the horizon and beyond it; the infinite up-reach of the sky; the earth, the trees, the rocks, water, hills, mountains, clouds and negative volumes all exist more to create this space than for their own inherent interest. They serve to suggest that SPACE is infinite, not defined, and extends beyond the limits of the frame.
I want each painting to reflect this sense of SPACE; to be part of the universe. In every painting I try to catch an echo of the infinite; a glimpse of that incomprehensible process, a hint of a universal law. When I accomplish this the paintings impart to the viewer a sense of the vastness that I feel when I stand in it and try to capture it on canvas.
In 2006, after 40 years of practicing law, I changed careers and began the study of painting landscapes in oil. I, and my wife Susan, grew up in Durango and although my law practice was based in Denver we maintained close ties to the four corners. It was only natural that when I changed careers Durango would be the ideal place to live, and a perfect base from which to paint the ‘four corners’. My work can be seen at the Durango Trading Post in Durango, and at the Gallery Azul and the Galleria Arriba in Abiquiu, New Mexico where I have had two solo exhibitions.
The Durango Arts Center is proud to showcase the work of DAC member artists in rotating online exhibitions. This is a chance to discover some of the most exciting artists in our community and identify new talent, all the while engaging audiences near and far. All artists that are currently members of the Durango Arts Center, professional and amateur, and all art mediums will be considered in this call for entries. Modern Artist, abstract artist, traditional artists, and surrealists are welcome. Media ranging from photography, wall sculpture, fabric, mixed media, all paintings and drawings including, oil, acrylic, pastels, ink, graphite, etc. An online gallery of a maximum of 25 works will be available at www.DurangoArts.org for a period of 3 months, and promotion will be made to celebrate the selected artist. Artist groups are also invited to apply. To apply, please submit the following:
• Artist statement • Resume or CV • 5-7 images of your work in JPEG, TIF, GIF or PNG file formats.
Please label all attachments with your name, and include appropriate contact information (phone and email).
Direct all submissions and any questions to DAC Exhibit Director, Peter Hayat (970) 259-2606.