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Houston, TX
William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art, March 3-25

Noe Perez, Spring Flowers, oil, 16 x 24.

Noe Perez, Spring Flowers, oil, 16 x 24.

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

The flat, barren planes of the Wild Horse Desert in south Texas are not often considered beautiful scenery. But for Noe Perez, who grew up there, the environment is an endless trove of inspiration. The Texas painter opens his first major solo show, titled Allures of the Wild Horse Desert: Noe Perez and the Colors of South Texas, at William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art on Friday, March 3. The show kicks off with a reception on Saturday, March 4, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The gallery also hosts a talk with Perez on Saturday, March 18, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Perez is a self-taught painter who draws his style and techniques from American impressionism. His tranquil scenes—sprinkled with grass, wildflowers, and cacti in bloom—draw the viewer into each moment of the day as the shadows shift. “His ability to convey the nuances of Texas light and the way the light interfaces with all the natural forms is fascinating,” says William Reaves, founder and president of the gallery. During his studies, Perez became a student of many important early Texas landscape painters by studying their techniques and the structure of their brush strokes. “We believe that we’re looking at paintings of his that could hang beside those early Texas landscape masters and hold their own,” Reaves says.

The gallery has been working with Perez for about seven years, and Reaves says during that time they have watched his work evolve and flourish. The show features about 45 pieces ranging in size from small studies to large works. Perez says about 30 of the paintings were created within the
past year.
 

“There’s a lot of beauty in this area that most people don’t seem to notice,” Perez says. “But when I look closely and really pay attention to what’s going on, I see the beauty in it. I hope I can point that out to someone who might not think of it in that way.” —Mackenzie McCreary

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

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