Opening May 14, 2016. Reception from 6:30 – 8:30PM.
Maxwell Alexander Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition of new paintings by master contemporary Southwestern Artists, G. Russell Case, Glenn Dean, Billy Schenck, and Tim Solliday, entitled “Looking Forward.” The opening will take place on May 14th, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The early preview is now available by request.
Maxwell Alexander Gallery has carefully curated this exhibition to highlight the changing landscape of contemporary Southwestern work. Each of the four artists’ approach the genre in a unique way and are known moreover for their authentic handling of the subject matter – whether it be the landscape or the figures who populate them. The four artists share themes, but handle them individually and distinctly. While Tim Solliday carefully fleshes out Native American figures with colorful lines, G. Russell Case dabs the canvas to create lush landscapes with towering thunderheads. Glenn Dean’s cowboy figures bask in the oppressive glow of sunset, while Billy Schenck’s figures capture America’s pop art movement with a Western twist. “Looking Forward” showcases a uniquely contemporary view of the time honored subject of Southwestern Painting. It is a new age for Southwestern Art. These artists are making brave choices and breaking away from tradition.
Case’s work is pure and fresh; his paintings draw in the viewer and deliver timeless landscapes. We are immediately transported into a world created by shadow and light, of immense vistas punctuated by jagged mountains and inhabited by lonesome cowboys or early Native Americans. Case puts little value on literal depictions of the landscape but instead delivers his artistic vision of the west. He has won numerous awards including the Artist Choice award at the Coors Show in 2015. Case exhibits in some of the most prestigious national exhibits such as The Prix de West in Oklahoma City, OK.
Glenn Dean’s fresh take on the contemporary cowboy has brought a fresh look at a timeless subject. Dean’s evolution from landscape to figure has elevated his works to a new level of mastery. His simplified landscapes add to the design elements of the often-solitary cowboy and his vast cliffs remind us just how small we are when compared to nature. Dean has appeared in several national magazines including Western Art and Architecture, Southwest Art, Art of the West, and Western Art Collector where has been featured on the cover two times. Dean has won a number of awards and his work can be found in permanent museum collections, including the National Cowboy and Western Heritage museum in Oklahoma City, OK. Dean’s 2015 solo exhibition at Maxwell Alexander Gallery was a sold out event.
Billy Schenck is considered as one of the originators of the contemporary “Pop” Western movement. “Billy Famous’” style of art is what he calls his “Paint by Numbers” approach to Western Art. His goal is to express his love for the West, while poking fun at the seriousness of it all. Career highlights for the artist include the 2013 Utah Museum of Fine Art’s Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West exhibit, the Denver Art Museum’s “Western Horizons” and a retrospective of serigraphs created by Schenck from 1971 through 1996 at the Tucson Museum of Art. His work is part of over 40 museum permanent collections.
Tim Solliday’s artwork can be linked back to the early 1900’s American masters, especially that of E. Martin Hennings and Dean Cornwell– but Solliday’s style is all his own. For every painting, the artist creates a compositional sketch that only he can recognize. From there he will work out a finished pencil drawing, then a pastel color study, and finally he will start the work in oil. The most unique parts are that the finished strokes in his oil paintings mimic the strokes, almost identically, of the pastels. His focus, like the other artists in this exhibit, is design and not the literal sense of the figure or landscape. His process is old school, but his paintings are fresh and vibrant. Solliday’s paintings have appeared in numerous prestigious exhibitions, including The Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West and The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de West. Solliday’s 2015 solo showcase at Maxwell Alexander Gallery was a sold out event.