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Santa Fe, NM
Pippin Contemporary, September 6-27

Jeffrey Beauchamp, The Amusing Farm, oil, 22 x 30.

Jeffrey Beauchamp, The Amusing Farm, oil, 22 x 30.

This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

Four contemporary artists—Jami Tobey, Jeffrey Beauchamp, Aleta Pippin, and Gina Rossi—present their own modern visions and interpretations of the landscape this month in a group show at Pippin Contemporary. The show, Inspired Views: Contemporary Landscape Painting, is on display starting Wednesday, September 6, with an artists’ reception on Friday, September 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“The converging and contrasting interpretations of ‘landscape’ among the artists is the same pivotal component that fills the viewer with exhilaration and excitement when exploring the exhibition,” says Andrea Wexler, the gallery’s director. “The four landscape painters have vastly disparate points of view.” The contemporary landscape is interpreted differently by each artist through a varied range of styles and techniques, from painterly impressionism to pure abstraction.

Pippin, who is also the owner of the gallery, abandons traditional techniques associated with landscape painting to create her abstract works. She relies mainly on personal experiences from her childhood in California and deep emotional expressions to guide her artistic process.

Similarly, Beauchamp creates abstracted works with a more whimsical feeling, getting his inspiration from the “endlessly revelatory nature of the process itself.” He says the entertaining titles of his paintings come from the constant cultural and literary references running through his mind. “They’re rearranged to make some self-effacing comment for each piece,” Beauchamp says. “For example, THE AMUSING FARM is somewhere between an ordinary farm and a funny farm.”

Santa Fe artist Rossi creates more painterly works, relying on her energy and emotion to inspire each piece. “I scrape, splatter, sand, and destroy the surfaces of paintings,” Rossi says. “Much like nature does to the land.”

California artist Tobey adorns her acrylic landscapes with metallic ink, bringing a mosaic or stained-glass feel to the finished works. Her dreamy style features heavily accented clouds—which are always the first things she paints—but she’s also experimenting with mixed media, using maps to fill in parts of the composition. “That comes from an idea of evolution and not wanting to stay stagnant,” Tobey says. “I hope to convey that idea through experimenting with mixed media and to convey my mood with the clouds.” —Katie Askew

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This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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