Once upon a time, California artist Robert Townsend bought some slides on eBay . . .
Once upon a time, California artist Robert Townsend bought some slides on eBay, hoping to find the Americana scenes he paints in his hyperrealist style. Thus begins the heartwarming story of a contemporary painter who discovered far more than material inspiration: he found his muse—a woman who lived her life in full-color Kodachrome. And the more he learned about Helen, the louder the call became to spend the next two decades of his life painting her life—her marriage, her travels, her panache and her personality. “Helen will keep him busy for years,” says her surviving niece Cheryl. “He just has to follow the trail.”
Echoes Of History
Altamira Fine Art Jacksonis pleased to present the gallery's first exhibition for contemporary artist Ashley Collins. Collins has made a journey from homelessness, to becoming one of the top female contemporary painters in America, with work in prominent collections world-wide. She recently joined Georgia O’Keeffe by being inducted into the prestigious Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.
A Decade Of Dedication
This summer, Altamira Fine Art celebrates a decade of dedication:
- To our talented stable of artists—all visionaries devoted to revealing the layered West.
- To our loyal collectors—all connoisseurs of true expression.
- To connecting these two groups via a shared love of contemporary Western art.
Together we trailblaze, nurturing and expanding the Western genre by finding the most articulate and modern artists working today in this distinctive part of the world and the market.
"Every Good Painter Paints What He Is"
If, as Jackson Pollock said, “Every good painter paints what he is,” then Billy Schenck is a man of fiery juxtaposition. Consider the characters he communes with in his latest foray, a Teton travelogue: there’s Edith Sargent, serenading settlers in the buff atop a horse blanket; there’s Jaws, now retired in Jackson Lake yet no less rapacious; and there’s the only-in-the-Tetons pony express-turned-UPS guy, scaling Mount Moran to deliver a saddle.
Studies in graphic abstraction
Carbon plus paper: the simple equation that yields a charcoal drawing; the simple equation that September Vhay makes transcendent in her summer exhibition, Essence. By her hand, a leopard appaloosa becomes a massive study in graphic abstraction, each spot a meditation on shape and subtlety. Dark patches, the result of pressing hard on the page, send sprays of charcoal down the paper, scatterings she leaves as subtle evidence of her process.Sans color, the paint horse becomes a homage to composition and value—formal characteristics often overshadowed by their flashy counterparts, color and subject. Not by Vhay: She bears witness to the episodes in nature when expression and composition come into immaculate, ephemeral alignment. As they did in an alfalfa field on her parents’ ranch in Nevada: Vhay watched, through her telephoto lens, as two mule deer fawns frolicked after their mother.
Translating the essence of nature
David Michael Slonim hopes Altamira will become a calm visual oasis in the presence of Wavelength, his new exhibition opening May 21 and running through June 2. True to its title, this collection of new paintings explores the communicative potential of art—both in practice and in presentation—how art can translate the essence of nature.