An Illuminated Body of Work
The much-anticipated Indian Market just completed its 92nd iteration. Downtown Santa Fe was bustling with activity and excitement. The plaza was lined with white tents and filled with the fine arts and crafts of Native Americans.
Here at Waxlander Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden, we always look forward to this time of year, because with the hustle and bustle of Indian Market comes Bruce King. Bruce has been with our gallery for quite some time now, and we love highlighting his newest works leading up to and following the festivities, as they tie in beautifully with the Native American theme. King’s newest body of work is called, “Through the Refracted Light,” and his art has vivid focal points of illumination. The characteristics of light are not only evident when viewing King’s works, but also in the way he’s named them, including: “Out of the Light,” “Full Moon at Sunrise” and “Into the Morning Light.”
A Vibrant Style
The vibrant style with which King paints infuses light into every stroke. In “Full Moon at Sunrise,” a calm skyscape of lake blue and rich lavender serves at the backdrop to a bright burst of tangerine, which fills the sky with the inimitable light of dawn. Similarly, “In the Pale Moonlight” shows the warm illumination of an orange sherbet sky, laced with turquoise and lilac, still hot from a long day, but cooling toward the chill of evening. “On the Still Water,” another painting showing in King’s current body of work, does not feature a prominent light source, but the body of the work is a bold reflection, filled with light and color. Brightly dressed warriors sit atop their fine horses and the reflections of their richly colored clothing rides the water-like scene below in long vertical sweeps of lightened hues.
A Rare Beauty
King’s work tells a story through oil on canvas. Not only does it breathe light into nature scenes and mountain landscapes, but it also sheds light on a way of life foreign to many of us – that of the warrior. The warrior’s life that King so often depicts is undoubtedly one of strife and survival, but it is also one of deep beauty, the kind that is found while riding a horse through a mountainous region glowing with the soft radiance of sunset. The kind of beauty seen by early risers who are up before dawn, ready to conquer the long day ahead with the sun shining on their anticipatory faces. The kind of beauty that dances upon a lily pond, rich with color from the flora and reflection mirroring the brightly adorned warriors gathering nearby. King takes the viewer to a world of light – a world of strife, but saturated with beauty, nature and above all, native themes.
Thank you to everyone who came to Bruce King’s Opening Reception! It was a lovely evening.
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