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Art James West - A Contemporary American Romantic (a.k.a. Alan Heuer), a master oil painter by way of Wyoming and New York City, Art West came to New Mexico in 2000 to immerse himself in the Southwest art scene and develop his own painting style. In a short time he established himself as a contemporary of the original Taos School. Considered a Taos Icon, he won the 2006 Taos Fall Arts Festival "Taos Invites Taos" (now Taos Select) best representational painting the first time he entered.

After a dozen years in Taos as Alan Heuer @ Sage Fine Art on Taos Plaza, he moved south to Santa Fe and opened his own art gallery / painting studio where he became Art West @ Art West Studio in the Plaza Mercado, Suite 109, 112 W. San Francisco Street (one block south of the main Santa Fe Plaza). More ...

Art West Studio, visit the downtown Santa Fe fine art gallery and working artist studio of Master Oil Painter, ART JAMES WEST - A Contemporary Southwest Artist & Taos Icon now painting "Colorful Landscapes of the West and Beyond" in Santa Fe.

Original, colorful, large (and small) contemporary southwest art for sale. A great opportunity to buy or commission an original oil painting from an established Santa Fe artist and master oil painter of fantastic color with a touch of humor.


STATEMENT - Contemporary Southwest Art, Representational Expressionism, Inversionism and Utopic Displacement.

"Basically, I'm a contemporary representional expressionist, with a lot of color and a bit of humor, what I call Landscapes of the West and Beyond. Mostly I do the southwest and especially the area around Taos and Santa Fe with a bit of Wyoming, New York and conceptual art thrown in. I do not use the term contemporary to mean abstract, 20th Century Modern Art. For me contemporary means contemporary. It means I'm a living, producing artist.

"My predilection is to paint what's fantastic about the American West, though I'm by no means limited even by that genre. American Western Romanticism is no longer just horses, cowboys and untainted western wilderness. That was the 1860s. The American West of the 21st Century has grown up with sparkling cities, roads and cars. But a bit of the Old West remains. Especially in our romaticized view of it.

"To me the Contemporary American West and especially New Mexico and the Southwest manifest what I call romantic inversionism -- the Land of Enchantment, Santa Fe as The City Different, magical realism at the edge of the Rockies, places where the light and shadow shift constantly, with four distinct seasons, -- Los Alamos and the bomb, Taos and the Tewa Pueblo.

"As a contemporary visionary oil painter, I strive to capture and describe something instantly and almost beyond words, of things on the edge of change -- whether real or imagined, or a conceptual fantistic combination of both, what I call Utopic Displacement -- both real and not real, crescent moons, shadow vs. brilliant sunlight, dreams vs reality, or urban vs. rural, things that are too fleeting to paint "in plein air". I constantly explore the reality around me looking for "event horizons", for the joy that lies beyond.

"I'm more of a romantic and representational expressionist than a realist and recently have been identified as an inversionist. Although inversionism is a term still being defined by the artists who work with it, I rather like it and think it helps describe my colorful, distinct not quite traditional oil painting style.

"The website "Inversionism" describes inversionism to some extent, as an escape from reality and manifestation of a fantastic almost imaginary realm, to moments on the event horizon, not quite real, but not fantasy either, something which is simultaneously inherent of the actual reality and infinitely distant from it, a kind of "counter-essence".

Technically, inversionism can effect any potential characteristic of an image such as color, composition, or its element, its form, and even content. More ...


REPRESENTATION
The Marshall Gallery of Fine Art Current
7106 East Main Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
480.970.3111
Email: email@themarshallgallery.com.

Art West Studio - Santa Fe Current
Suite 109, 112 W. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.629.9438 (Call Ahead)
Email: artwest@arweststudio.com

Sage Fine Art - Taos Art Gallery (Alumni) '01-'13
115C East Taos Plaza (McCarthy Plaza)
Taos, New Mexico 87571
575.758.9396


Secret Window Gallery Current
47 Third Street
Monument, Colorado
719.481.9600

www.SecretWindowGallery.com

Xanadu Gallery Studio Artist Current
Studio artists have been hand selected to present their work through Xanadu Gallery. These pieces are available directly from
The Artist's Studio on the High Road to Taos.

Other
Bent Street Deli - Taos, New Mexico
Taos Center for the Arts



EXHIBITIONS

2012
• Juror and Invited Artist, Rio Grande Art Association's (RGAA) 10th annual oil and acrylic painting show ¡ENCANTADA! 2012 Albuquerque

• Invited Artist, "Taos Contemporary", Denver Center for Visual Arts. His painting, "Monsoons" used for publicity.

• Invited Artist, Millicent Rodgers Miniature Show. His painting "Red Truck in Ranchos" used for publicity.

• Featured Artist, Sage Fine Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico



2011
• Invited Artist, Hearts and Stars, Wilder Nightingale Art Gallery

• Invited Artist, Taos Quick Draw Artist, Taos Center for the Arts

• Featured Artist, Sage Fine Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico

• Invited Artist, Millicent Rodgers Miniature Show



2010
• Featured Artist, Sage Fine Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico

• Invited Artist, Taos Quick Draw Artist, Taos Center for the Arts

• Invited Artist, Millicent Rodgers Miniature Show



2009
• Invited Artist, Hearts and Stars, Wilder Nightingale Art Gallery

• Featured Artist, Sage Fine Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico

• Invited Artist, Taos Quick Draw Artist, Taos Center for the Arts

• Invtited Artist, Taos Invites Taos, Fall Arts Festival, 2009

• Invited Artist, Quick Draw, Taos Center for the Arts

• TAO (Taos Artist Organization), Open Studio Tour



2008

• Invtited Artist, Taos Invites Taos, Fall Arts Festival, 2008

• Taos Center for the Arts Exhibition, Invited Artist, October

• Invited Artist, Taos Quick Draw Artist, Taos Center for the Arts

• Featured Artist, Sage Fine Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico



2007
• Invtited Artist, Taos Invites Taos, Fall Arts Festival, 2007

• Invited Artist, Taos Quick Draw Artist, Taos Center for the Arts

• Featured Artist, Sage Fine Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico



2006
• Child Rite Art Auction

Winner Taos Fall Arts Festival, Best Representational Painting, Taos Invites Taos, Fall Arts Festival 2006

• Featured Artist, Sage Fine Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico

• Invited Artist, Taos Quick Draw Artist, Taos Center for the Arts

• Invited Artist, Blue Mountain Gallery Invitational,Small Works Show, New York City

• Invited, One Man Show, Casa de las Chimeneas, Taos, New Mexico


2005
• One Man Show, Diogenes Club, Santa Fe

• Taos Open, Fall Arts Festival

• Sage Fine Art, Featured Artist, Taos, New Mexico

• One Man Show, Bella Art Gallery, Sheridan, WY

• Taos Canyon Artists Annual Studio Tour


2004
• Fall Arts Festival, Open, Taos NM, September

• Featured Artist, Sage Fine Art, Taos, New Mexico

• Featured Artist , Blue Moon Gallery, Taos


2003
• Taos Open, Fall Arts Festival

• Featured Artist, Sage Fine Art, Taos, New Mexico

• Cultural Art Market,



2002
• Taos Open, Fall Arts Festival

• Taos Canyon Artists Annual Studio Tour, Taos



2001
• Taos Open, Fall Arts Festival



1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 -- Small Works Invitational -- Blue Mountain Gallery, NY, NY


1985 -- Fremont Count Library -- Lander, Wyoming -- One Man Show


1984 -- Riverton Library -- Riverton Wyoming -- One Man Show








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