Touching Land | Matthew Higginbotham

Anthem of the Bosque - Matthew Higginbotham

Anthem of the Bosque – Matthew Higginbotham

“My hope is… to show the immense power and mystery imbedded within the land… for me, a palpable force and presence that is always there if we take the time to notice it.” – Matthew Higinbotham

There is a luminescence to Matthew Higginbotham’s work. The grasses, trees and clouds that fill his landscapes have a glow of their own as they reflect the light in his paintings. Whether the subject is an expanse of land or a single plant he has an ability to capture its spirit in his paintings.

We’re proud to present Higginbotham’s newest work during his “Touching Land” show, which runs through September 8th. We invite you to see the life radiated from his paintings and join us for the opening reception on Friday August 29th from 5-7:30 pm.

Inspired Lands

Autumn Chamisa - Matthew Higginbotham

Autumn Chamisa – Matthew Higginbotham

Higginbotham finds inspiration for his works both near his home south of Santa Fe and farther away as he travels to some of the beautiful places in the region. He is also drawn to a variety of scenes. From a cluster of trees to clouds heavy with rain, reflections in still water to a single plant he is able to portray their uniqueness through his work.

Whether he is focused on the stunning view of an open landscape or the nuance of light and shadow on a particular element he is able to portray the elegance of nature. The brushstrokes in ‘Autumn Chamisa’ capture both the simplicity and beauty in this humble plant, while ‘Anthem of the Bosque’ shows the scene with resplendent beauty.

 “I travelled to the Tall Grass Prairie in northern OK late last year which continues to be an inspiring spot for me.  I am drawn to the golden grasses of this place and the incredible expanse.  The Bosque Del Apache (“forest of the Apache”) in central NM also is a wonderful place of inspiration for me. With a constant source of water from the Rio Grande, it grasses, trees, and wildlife thrive.”

Beauty Rising

Tree of Sky - Matthew Higginbotham

Tree of Sky – Matthew Higginbotham

Higginbotham has also focused on trees in his newest works. While they have always played a part in past work, they are presented with fresh prominence.  Light bursts through the canopy in ‘Ensemble,’ flowers and buds signify the growth of spring in “Tree of Sky’ and the rich hues of autumn fill the branches in ‘Resplendence.’ By bringing trees to the fore of his work he has elevated their natural beauty to new heights.

“I am being drawn to larger paintings of trees.  I always have, but the recent pieces are up pretty close, showing a full frontal tree in all its beauty and glory.  I am particularly fascinated with tall poplars and cottonwoods.”

Come see Matthew Higginbotham’s ‘Touching Land’ and join us for the reception on August 29th from 5-7:30 pm.

Giving Paint a Voice – Bruce King

The Edge of the Hunting Grounds - Bruce King

The Edge of the Hunting Grounds – Bruce King

“I work with the medium. I let the paint have its voice.” – Bruce King

Light in the Painted Canyon - Bruce King

Light in the Painted Canyon – Bruce King

There is an ethereal nature about Bruce King’s paintings. Swaths of color can be indistinct, and at the same time provide crucial details about the scene which is portrayed. They create atmosphere and give the impression of a world emerging from the mists. While it may seem that King creates these areas of color to compliment the scene, the reverse is actually true.

“Spontaneity speaks to life, while illustration speaks to control.”

Into the Light of a Changing Tree Line - Bruce King

Into the Light of a Changing Tree Line – Bruce King

King is an artist who allows the paint to direct the piece. Thin colors are allowed to drip along the canvas. He then seeks the shapes within these washes to form the base of the riders, mountains and other features. By cooperating with the medium rather than controlling it he is able to honor the voice of the art.

The results are pieces which have amazing depth and complexity. In “Into the Light of a Changing Tree Line” a dense forest pokes out above the mists. Hunters cast long reflections in “The Edge of the Hunting Grounds,” and a line of trees blurs and blends as it stretches into the distance as riders follow a path along colorful mountain ridges in “Light in the Painted Canyon.”

By embracing spontaneity, and allowing the paint help develop the story, King is able to reveal worlds of beauty that might have otherwise remained hidden.

We invite you to see Bruce King’s newest works during “Old Light, New Color,” which runs through August 25th. Join us on August 22nd from 5-7:30 for a chance to meet King during the artist reception.

Old Light, New Color | Bruce King

First Right of Diplomacy - Bruce King - Copy

First Right of Diplomacy – Bruce King – Copy

“Spontaneity speaks to life, while illustration speaks to control.” – Bruce King

Graceful warriors ride through dreamscapes of color. Hunters travel through mists that shroud fields and mountains. These paintings, which celebrate tradition and life, are the work of Bruce King.

King’s vibrant pieces have long been a staple at Waxlander Gallery, and are popular among both visitors and collectors. Created by first brushing thin paints on the canvas, then seeking shapes to build upon within these washes, his works honor the voice of the medium and allows him spontaneity in his art.

We’re proud to present King’s newest works during his one-man show “Old Light, New Color.” The exhibition runs through August 25th, and there will be an artist reception on Friday August 22nd from 5-7:30 pm.

Depicting Life

“The land is alive, and I seek to capture that. I try to show how the land supports the humans.”

Cold Going - Bruce King - Copy

Cold Going – Bruce King – Copy

One of the core themes of King’s work is that the land is alive. His use of color and how figures interact with their world reinforces this. Vivid hues of red, orange, blue give nuance and depth to the landscape. Whether a field or a distant mountain he is able to convey the feeling of a vibrant, living world.

King is also able to express how people and animals react in this realm. Horses bow their heads slightly in response to the trek in ‘Cold Going,’ while both man and beast are alert as they revel under the night sky in ‘By the Light of the Silver Moon.’

Light And Color

By the Light of the Silver Moon - Bruce King

By the Light of the Silver Moon – Bruce King

Long-time fans of King’s work will notice an evolution of sorts with the newest pieces. One is the expanded use of color. The artist recently switched from a palette to a paint table. This has allowed him to greatly expand his color wheel as he has more room to mix more shades and create a larger variety of options.

The other change is how King handles light within his paintings. Combined with his expanded range of color he is able to experiment with how illumination is bounced within a scene. He’s also experimented with using pigment to represent light.

The process is very true to character. Just as he allows the paint to guide the painting, he allows the processes of mixing colors and working with light to be natural. He doesn’t necessarily start with the result in mind. Rather he stops when it looks good.

We invite you to see the newest works of Bruce King during his show “Old Light, New Color,” on display through August 25th, and join us for the artist reception on August 22nd from 5-7:30.