No matter where she goes to hang her hat, Jackson’s plein air artist Kathryn Mapes Turner paints the landscape. As a fourth generation Triangle X Ranch family member — the famed dude ranch is located in Grand Teton National Park — Turner grew up observing wilderness and ranch life in one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth.
Turner also has strong Washington D.C. ties. She finds beauty in that city’s historic, classical landscape, an expansive city conceived as the seat of our country’s government. D.C.’s architecture is influenced by ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and 19th century France.
For Turner, painting is a language expressing her deep appreciation of the world around her. “My paintings are my response to what I find magnificent. This magnificence can be found everywhere from the monumental to the mundane,” she says.
“Magnifique,” a collection of new paintings and drawings by Turner, opens Friday November 13, at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, in Washington. An opening reception is scheduled that evening from 6-8 pm. The show remains up through December 12th, 2009.
Says the gallery of Turner’s work, “Her superb drawing ability and familiarity with her subjects allow her to break at will from pure representation, successfully abstracting her subject matter without losing its essence. She moves seamlessly from watercolor to oil without changing her style, using each medium to its fullest extent to bolster her own style, rather than changing her style to suit the medium. This show will feature her cityscapes, landscapes and figurative works.”
For information, contact Susan Calloway Fine Arts by telephoning 202.965.4601; or email [email protected]
The exhibit is on display at Wyoming’s State Museum through January 9, 2010. An opening reception took place November 5th. The earth tones and primal forms Flint uses in his work bring cave paintings to mind; natural forms and images of birds seem scratched on ancient rock. Check the Wyoming Arts Council website for full details.