Santa Fe, NM, August 16-26
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During a recent trip to Missoula, MT, artist Timothy Horn ventured down a back road into the countryside and mountains outside of town. He was looking for some of the subjects he loves to paint—classic cars and pickup trucks, vintage homes, old barns, and other relics of a bygone era—but he wasn’t having much luck. Just when he was considering giving up, he turned the corner to discover a view that instantly stopped him in his tracks. “Suddenly I was looking down this shadowy gravel road into a sunlit valley with gorgeous mountains in the background,” Horn says. The landscape is depicted in MONTANA BLUES, one of several new works featured in Horn’s upcoming show at Greenberg Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM. The show opens with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 16.
Horn, who is based in Northern California, is known for his brightly colored paintings of Marin County, but the works in this show primarily feature scenes the artist has encountered on trips to Montana, New Mexico, and Las Vegas, NV. A couple of the pieces, like MONTANA BLUES, are rural landscapes that represent a new avenue of exploration in Horn’s work. “The focus of my paintings are usually manmade objects, but recently I’ve been doing more ‘pure’ landscapes,” he explains. He’s also been focusing more on larger works. “My goal is to get as comfortable with painting bigger pieces as I am with painting smaller ones,” Horn says, adding, “I really like challenging myself to try new things.” Horn says that some of the most challenging work he’s done in the last six months has been painting sun flares like the one in SOLAR SPRING. “When you have that sun flare, you have to look very carefully at what you’re seeing in order to capture that same light effect,” he says.
Despite these changes, Horn’s work remains instantly recognizable—and he’s not letting go of the distinct style and vintage subject matter that collectors have fallen in love with. “Tim’s work has an honesty about it that appeals to people,” says gallery owner Mark Greenberg. “He can see the beauty in the ordinary and make it into an amazing painting.” —Lindsay Mitchell
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