Santa Fe, NM
Waxlander Gallery, August 18-31
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Paintings by Bruce King vibrate with splashes of color and a certain trademark energy that captures the spirit of a land and its Native peoples. Buffalo herds charge through rugged terrain, and warriors ride proudly under brilliant blue skies. This month Waxlander Gallery features about 18 new works by the New Mexico artist. The show, titled Paint in Motion, opens on August 18, and a reception for the artist takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 21. “Each of Bruce’s paintings tells a story that people connect with,” says Bonnie French, gallery director. “The land and the sky, and the people passing through it, speak to something deep within every viewer.”
King is all about storytelling, which he considers the foundation of good art. And he brings his own unique creative process to his narrative works. King begins each painting by applying thinned oil or acrylic paint to the canvas, and then he allows the diluted washes to drip. The resulting streams of colors merge naturally, forming the shapes that morph into horses, people, trees, and landscapes.
The painter describes his style as “impressionistic abstraction.” He is influenced by artists who studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe during the 1960s, as well as by New York’s abstract expressionists. His work is always evolving, he says. But the one constant, according to King, is that he wants his paintings to spark a connection in the mind of the beholder. “I want the viewer to get drawn into a scene, and I want them to keep discovering things in the work,” he says. “I feel as if I am doing my job as an artist if I initiate their imaginations.”
French is enthusiastic about the show. “Bruce’s paintings are always so vivid and full of life—it’s a treat to watch viewers see them for the first time and get lost in the worlds he depicts,” she says. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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