Passages | Solo Exhibtion, Jackson, WY
Altamira Fine Art is pleased to present a new solo exhibition for Jackson Hole artist September Vhay. Meet the artist, enjoy fabulous art and refreshments at the Reception on Thursday, June 22 from 5:30-7:30pm.
September's enchanting wildlife paintings and drawings will feature new subjects as well as popular favorites. Fourteen new works will be on display.
"Every painting is a series of passages through color, values, edges and composition. I think of each one as a carefully choreographed dance that comes together to create a whole. The magic lies in the mystery of the expression of the final piece.” -September Vhay
Vhay's work is classic in subject matter and technique, and at the same time modern in her composition and minimal approach. Her paintings are realistic in form and detail, yet they possess an impressionistic aura as well, a looseness that adds a sensitive dimension. She deftly exposes the interplay of light and dark, hard edges and soft, and dynamic areas against quiet, open space. Backgrounds drop away so that her muted earthen palette can evoke the very essence of an animal.
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September Vhay was born in Reno, Nevada. A largely self-taught artist, her formal training is in architecture. She received her bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Oregon in 1993. Vhay's initial painting education, via architecture school, was in watercolor and she now paints in both watercolor and oil. Because of her skill with watercolor, she seamlessly achieves the freshness of watercolor with the saturation of color only possible in oils.
“It is an honor to participate in the creative process of making art as it is an entity larger than myself. I learn something new everyday and am continually delighted by what shows up on the canvas.” - September Vhay
The artists understanding of structure, composition, and light (all of which are crucial in architecture) give her paintings a sense of three-dimensional form. In addition to architecture, she was also influenced by the paintings and sculpture of her great-grandfather Gutzon Borglum, who created and sculpted Mount Rushmore and other prominent national monuments. It was his comparatively smaller-scale work that Vhay most admired.
Vhay's recent exhibitions include the 2013 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale and the 2013 "Cowgirl Up" at Desert Caballeros Museum. Among other awards, September won first place in painting at the 2012 Ex Arte Equinus International Competition, and the Trustee's Purchase Award at the 2010 Western Visions Show & Sale at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Her work has been featured in national publications including: Southwest Art Magazine, Western Art Collector, Mountain Living, Homestead, Luxe Magazine, Western Art & Architecture and Images West.
In the fall of 2017, September will be a participating artist in the Western Visions Wildlife Show & Sale at the Wildlife Museum in Jackson, WY as well as the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in Cody, Wyoming.