Tayloe Piggott Gallery

Michael Eastman: A HORSE SHOW

Michael Eastman: A HORSE SHOW

horse #38 by michael eastman

Michael Eastman

Horse #38, 2013

horse #28 by michael eastman

Michael Eastman

Horse #28

Thursday, August 29, 2013Saturday, October 19, 2013


Jackson, WY USA

Artist Reception: Friday, September, 5 – 8 PM

Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to present “A HORSE SHOW,” featuring the work of the renowned contemporary photographic artist Michael Eastman. The exhibition, running from August 29 through October 19, 2013, will be celebrated with an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 6, which coincides with the Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk, a signature event of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. “A HORSE SHOW” is Michael Eastman’s second solo show with Tayloe Piggott, who showed the artist’s previous horse portraits as JH Muse Gallery.

A self-taught and highly acclaimed contemporary photographic artist, Michael Eastman creates large-scale photographs that are unified by their visual precision, monumentality, and painterly use of color. A purist to his large format camera, negative film and natural light, Eastman fills his images with jewel-like tones and dramatic highlights. Long exposures and a wide-angle lens create farreaching visual clarity, rich colors and lavish detail. The range of his oeuvre is diverse, including such themes as horses, sublime landscapes and urban and European architecture.

“I never felt quite finished with the horses and horses do not seem to be finished with me. All animals are wonderful, but horses are truly mythic.” – the artist, Michael Eastman

This most recent body of work marks a return to the horse as the primary subject, though the execution of the prints is wholly new. Eastman says of this work, “I have always been a printmaker and this new body of work culminates a lengthy exploration into creating prints that take advantage of several centuries of photography, printmaking and painting processes. By applying multiple coats of the oil glaze formulas of Rembrandt and then painting multiple lacquer finishes on the digital prints made on watercolor paper, the resultant prints are rich in ways that I have always strived to produce.” He is able to capture each animal’s complexity, strength, and mythic beauty in this series of prints that are striking in their depth of color and scale.

The artist’s publications include Havana, Vanishing America (Rizzoli, 2008), and Horses (Knopf, 2003), and his photographs are featured in Rainer Maria Rilke’s book Auguste Rodin, published by Archipelago Press. Eastman has been a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts grant, and has been published in Time, Life, and The New York Times. His photographs are included in numerous public and private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Eastman was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1947, and currently resides in the same city. He studied at the University of Wisconsin and is represented by the Barry Friedman Gallery in New York City and the Tayloe Piggott Gallery.

For further information regarding the exhibition and Tayloe Piggott Gallery, please visit us online at www.tayloepiggottgallery.com