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Evergreen, CO
Evergreen Fine Art, August 6-September 3

Sophy Brown, A Small Tug, acrylic, 18 x 16.

Sophy Brown, A Small Tug, acrylic, 18 x 16.

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This month Evergreen Fine Art unveils new works by Boulder-based artist Sophy Brown. Titled Bloodlines, the show comprises 15 to 20 new paintings and opens with an artist’s reception and gallery talk on Saturday, August 6, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Collectors familiar with Brown’s work can expect to see more of her equine portraits, in which she captures physical manifestations of emotions. “Human beings get so complicated,” Brown says. “They think so much.” Horses, in contrast, show their emotions overtly, very physically. For example, in the painting A SMALL TUG, the artist crops in to frame the eye, ears, and upper neck of a dark horse. The slightest suggestion of the lifted lead, attached to the halter, is seen just before it exits the frame, but there is no hint of what or where the suggested “tug” is coming from. The tension in the eye and the turned ear communicate the subject’s reluctance. “It’s not a story about what’s tugging him; it’s more about that feeling of being moved in a direction that is not of your choice,” Brown says.

While the paintings illustrate emotion and feeling, Brown isn’t anthropomorphizing her subjects. “The horses I paint are ones that I’ve seen in various places,” she says. Her work explores the animals’ governing spirits and how they respond to situations and stimuli, whether alone or in groups. What she finds there, and illustrates, are correlating emotions—those that humans and horses share.

Visitors to the show can also expect a marked shift in palette for the artist, while color choice remains a key component for setting mood. “This is a dark palette for me, overall,” she says. While she continues to use complementary colors to emphasize the subject, there are also dark horses on muted, abstract backgrounds and white horses on dark backgrounds.

Doug Kacena, gallery director, says, “There’s a lot of drama in her paintings.” And while Brown’s work in the past has focused more on the drama of rodeo events, these paintings concentrate on the equine figure itself. “Sophy’s ability to capture a visceral emotional response in the equine form is second to none,” Kacena adds. “That ability is stunning to me.” —Laura Rintala

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This story was featured in the August 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art August 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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