From Narrative to Conceptual
September 3 - October 31, 2019
Tuesday, September 3
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Landscape painting has had its roots in Western culture since antiquity. The Greeks and Romans created stucco murals of idealized bucolic landscape to decorate their palaces and country villas. After a decline during the middle ages landscape painting was revived by Italian Renaissance painters such as Giorgione representing a growing appreciation for the natural world and man’s place within it. The seventeenth through 19th Centuries saw the landscape reach its pinnacle in traditional narrative painting.
With the invention of photography painting was liberated from its roll in documenting the world of things. Through the next hundred years artists explored the psychological effects of color, texture and gesture, injecting the work with their own inner emotions and perceptions. This has been true for landscape painters as well beginning with the French Fauve and German Expressionist movements of the early twentieth Century and continuing to today.
This exhibition looks at the paintings of eleven of the best landscape artists working since 1960. The work ranges from romantic tonal narratives by John McCormick Gail Chase Bien, Thomas Monaghan and Hiro Yokose, The highly abstracted interpretation of the vast Wyoming prairie by Clay Johnson, the Urban motifs of Susan Grossman and Claudia Rilling and finally to the conceptual landscapes of Johnny Winona Ross. I believe viewers will be amazed by the diversity and yet, they are all landscapes!
Mill Valley 2019