Arthur McCall Light Snow Acrylic 24” x 24” Mp-5348 $1325.00
Arthur McCall, a native of South Texas is a long-time resident of Pleasanton, Texas. In his painting titled Light Snow, he shares a time not often witnessed in South Texas. It has been a snowy day! The snowfall covering the landscape remains as a pleasant reminder of the past few hours.
The mesquite trees and corrals are dusted lightly by the falling frozen precipitation as is the vegetation in the foreground. Regular and irregular shaped tree limbs comprise a fence made from available resources. The rugged old fence is highlighted by snow, however; the roof of the barn and the barren ground has collected a formative amount of snow.
Arthur has skillfully captured the cloud formations that are known whenever cooler air is in the stratosphere. The clouds are smooth and gently colored by the evening sunset and his brush strokes are purposefully well blended. The natural setting is honest in character and un-embellished by Arthur as he acknowledges love of land and austere simplicity on this snowy day in rural South Texas.
The painting is punctuated by red gate and barn placed off center and visually connected to the wagon and the windmill beside the barn. This composition is linear, triangular, and soothingly typical of the loving attention to detail observed by many viewers of Arthur McCall’s paintings.
In a painting appropriately entitled “Fall Colors”, Margie
Barker pays homage to the seasonal transition we know as autumn. The colors
found on this trail announce the change many people await; the heat of summer
is no longer a daily experience. Now, there is a clear blue sky complemented by
browns, and oranges in subtle tones. Accompanying
this cerulean heaven are the lingering signs of green that refresh the painting
with cool tones of grass and warm greens of the evergreen sub-growth.
Margie Barkers’ painting captures stillness in a changing
season. Skillful application of paint strokes are used to further convey the
quietness of the moment. Most engaging are trees dressed in finery; as the
leaves have not fallen to the ground. The only recorded appearance of motion is
a group of geese flying in formation across the sky. They are small, undefined, and fleeting
discovery of minimal importance in this composition, but an important detail in
the gestalt of the work.
At this juncture
there is quiet tension; soon nature will encompass the scene and cool winds
will blow, leaves will fall, and progression of seasonal change will take
place. This moment is honored by Margie
Barkers’ appreciation of landscape and its ever changing environment.
Artist, Margie Barker, continues her love of the Texas
Hill Country in her most recent painting entitled “Hill Country Blues”. She reminds the viewer of the many vistas
encountered in Texas; offering vast panoramic scenes with contours that are
inviting, valleys that are fertile with the much beloved bluebonnets and trees
that benefit from density.
“Hill Country Blues” has a composition that is central
and recedes toward gentle hills on both sides of the painting, easing into the horizon
and beyond. The colors are gentle, cool,
and refreshing with signature variations in depth that are often appreciated by
many viewers .The drifts of color are purposefully applied to reinforce the
shady areas and the contours of the slopes.
The view beyond is of the hillside, contrasted by the rugged
terrain and elevation with some rocky barrenness and haze that is another
artistic detail of the painting. Margie
Barker offers a painting of remarkable clarity and color that is closely
associated with the light of the season.
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is proud to kick off the Holiday Shopping season with a 40% off sale of the sculptures by Santa Fe artist, Bien Irizarry.
Red Winter 32" x 16" Retail $4,000.00
Sale Price $2,400.00
Bien Irizarry, originally from Puerto Rico, developed as an artist in New York. He studied at the School of Art & Design, the Arts Students league and the National Academy of Arts. He has developed his skills in bronze art while working at art foundries throughout this country. One of his first and foremost influences is the work of Rodin.
His subject matter remains simple yet powerful: branches, clouds, stones – even a bird. “I relate to these in a fundamental and metaphorical way,” Bien says. “I can compose with branches quickly, covering surface space, expressing hardship, death, new beginnings and life through a range of textures and movements. Clouds allow me great space, pressure, and atmosphere. Stones or rocks are ancient, wise and defiant. The bird fantasized freedom.”
Clear acrylics are a favorite medium and are the primary element in his work. He fascinates his viewers by the effects of light, the control of gravity, easy carving, and assembling in a modernistic manner. The wood then lends distinct warmth. Natural stones and rocks provide weight and earthy color.
Bien Irizarry currently exhibits in several galleries in the Southwest, and his collectors are from all over the United States.
Aspects of the Buddhist Dhammapada say, “Death can be a teacher. Only in facing death, those of loved ones and our own, can we be free from the fear of it and learn the lessons it has to teach about life.”
I think of this quote when I look at the body of artwork Russell Stephenson executed after his near fatal motorcycle accident in the Texas Hill Country in May of 2013. With every rib broken, two punctured lung sacs, and a severely separated right shoulder, Stephenson had many months or recuperation ahead.
As a right handed artist, the unfortunate circumstances did not keep him from painting for long. With small yet painful excursions into the studio, the teacher became the student; learning patience as he re-taught himself precision and control, exploring ambidextrous exercises while learning to paint left-handed.
During this recovery time Stephenson worked his way up from small sketches and paintings, then to medium and eventually working on large artworks; until he was formulating his grandiose masterpieces, some measuring 84” wide. Here, alone in the studio with his thoughts, his vision and unforeseen trauma, Stephenson would struggle with extreme pain; making visual treasures that he brought into this world from the multifaceted suffering.
The aesthetic, appearance, statement and underlying resonance in this series of artworks could not of been anything else but what they were -- conceptual artistic epiphanies that gracefully captured relentless notions of the creation of the universe, religion and the monotheistic qualities of the Big Bang theory.
“Kingdom Come”, 36” x 84” oil on wood panel painting is an impactful tribute to these trying times. One of only a few this size, “Kingdom Come” engulfs the viewer in a metaphoric wave of quasi- religious adumbrate. Part landscape, part Lascaux cave painting, part universal truth, “Kingdom Come” radiates an energy similar to an unexplored nebula, a faraway galaxy, or an exploding star; while visually grounding the audiences’ experience in earth tones- bring the evolving mystery closer to earth. Ignoring the separation of the heavens from the earth, light and dark, movement and stagnation, scars and healings all move, work and play within the pictorial field; giving rise to a language that all can understand. Conceived out of suffering; born out of pain, and thrived out of love.
Dalhart Windberg (b. 1933) "Hill Country Home" 1969 Oil on canvas 9 x 12" canvas size $6,000.00
J.R. Mooney Galleries is proud to offer an Original Dalhart Windberg painting for sale.
This painting has a strong art market presence and successful art auction history.
Call the gallery at 830-816-5106 to purchase or see in person for a consultation viewing.
The painting is dated and signed on the front left corner, dated 1969.
This date is before the signature flat brush technique Dalhart is known for; making it a unique addition to any collection!
-Gabriel Delgado, Gallery Director
----“Born in Goliad County, Texas, and living in Georgetown, Texas, (2010), Dalhart Windberg is a painter of romantic landscapes inspired by his travels throughout Texas, Mexico, Spain, Greece and European countries. In 1979, he was named Texas State Artist, and many limited edition prints of his work have circulated under his business Windberg Enterprises. He has written an instructional book titled The Windberg Techniques of Oil Painting, and two biographies of him have been written: In the Paths of the Masters, 1978, by Bruce Davis; and Dalhart Windberg, Artist of Texas, 1984 by Jerry Allen Potter.”
In anticipation of the long awaited cooler autumn season, J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art, Boerne will spotlight a selection of paintings for September 2014 Second Saturday Art & Wine; bringing excitement to the impressionistic qualities of fall landscapes paintings in an exhibit titled: “RED FALL”. Gathering 10 artists ranging from Texas Vintage artists like W.A. Slaughter and Porfirio Salinas to regional icons, Cliff Cavin and Sidney Sinclair to local star Russell Stephenson - Gallery Director, Gabriel Diego Delgado has curated a handful of artworks from the gallery collection that culminate to a visual epiphany of the seasonal change. A red, orange and earthy toned exhibition tugs at the hopeful demise of an overheated summer; an artistic voice that speaks of a desperate need to a temperature departure.
With a nostalgic sense of crisp leaves crunching underfoot, a smell of cool autumn nights and a wishful thought of a quenching rain, RED FALL is the light at the end of the tunnel; a visual reminder there are colder nights ahead, there are times we can open our windows and doors, and not all days in South Texas are outdoor furnace-scape.
Who: J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art, Boerne
What: “Red Fall”, a group show celebrating fall inspired landscapes.
When: Opening : Saturday, September 13, 2014 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Free and open to the Public
Where: JR Mooney Galleries, Boerne 305 S. Main St Boerne, TX 78006 ph. 830-816-5106
Texas Fall Landscape W.A. Slaughter 24" x 36" Oil $14,000.00
Fall on the Guadalupe Cliff Cavin 30" x 40" Oil $5,100.00
Summer Day Porfirio Salinas 12" x 16" Oil $10,250.00
Fall Texas Landscape Randy Peyton 24" x 36" Oil $4,500.00
Autumn Daze Sidney Sinclair 18" x 24" Oil $1,975.00 (framed)
Peaceful Creek Porfirio Salinas 9" x 12" Oil $6,545.00 (framed)
Milk & Honey Russell Stephenson 30" x 60" Oil $3,750.00