Opening Reception: Friday, April 20, 2011, 5-7 PM
Back when Canyon Road was a haven for local artists seeking affordable studio space, the street was
alive with creative ferment and the camaraderie born of common dreams and uncommon talent. The
artistic excitement remains. Hunter Kirkland Contemporary honors this collective artistic spirit by opening
the spring art season, our tenth, with a group show featuring new work by three Santa Fe Painters.
Master colorist Rick Stevens paints exquisitely wrought studies of shape and shadow, emptiness and
light. A blend of abstraction and landscape painting, this new work probes the boundaries of reality and
perception, fusing complexity and simplicity into a satisfying, stunningly beautiful whole.
In the accomplished hands of Peter Burega, nature is depicted as a juxtaposition of opposites that
alternately soothes, stimulates, challenges, and reassures. He imbues his abstracted interpretations of the
creative clash between the built environment and the natural world with a strong sense of motion and
emotion, infusing them with color and energy that propel the paintings into new dimensions of
contemplation and arousal.
Land and sky merge in a wash of vibrant color in Gregory Frank Harris’s paintings, which bear elements
of tonalism, abstraction, minimalism and impressionism. These singular canvases bring figurative and
nonfigurative elements into easy harmony through the artist’s expert manipulation of light and shadow.
Harris illuminates the landscape from within and without, capturing that magical glow unique to the
Western mountains and mesas.
The show continues through May 13th, 2012.
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