About this Painting
When I arrived at the old San Yisdro Church in Corrales, near Albuquerque, the sun had already set. Okay, I thought, this will be a challenge. Not much in the way of shadows for definition, but I went ahead and took pictures as I quite liked the structure of thing. Fortunately my new Galaxy 6S does a fabulous job in low light.
Then I set out to paint the thing and thought perhaps a play on the perspective would be in order. The art movement inversionism states the quintessence of inversionism is to push any characteristic of an image to the event horizon where it flips upside down. So I slanted everything inward and bulged things out just a bit, pushing the limits of the perspective, but not too far. Just enough so to enhance the character of the old church.
I also thought it would be good to bring the sun back into the picture, a sun that could be looked at directly as happens in the Southwest when the fires burn. And so I did, keeping the yellows subtle and gentle to contrast the blue of the roof and crosses.
And there you have it, "Sun over the Old San Yisdro Church", by Art West.
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Art James West - "Art West" - Contemporary Southwest Art
Visionary, Colorful, Whimsical - Landscapes of the West and Beyond
Art James West, award winning Taos Icon and contemporary southwest artist. Art considers himself a post-modern, American visionary and romantic who paints with a touch of socio-political commentary and humor that includes colorful visionary landscapes of the West and beyond--large conceptual oil paintings he coined as utopic displacement. Raised in Wyoming, Art has been painting in oils for over 40 years and is now PainTing BADass Color in Albuquerque with a working artist studio / gallery in downtown Santa Fe on San Francisco Street - Art West Studio. In 2000 he moved from New York City to Taos, New Mexico where he established himself as a Taos Icon and post Taos modernist following in the tradition of the Taos School. In 2006 he won best representational painting at the Taos Fall Arts Festival "Taos Invites Taos" (now the "Taos Select"). He is represented by several galleries around the west including Scottsdale and Taos.
In 2013 he took on the professional name Art James West (Art West) and moved his studio to Santa Fe.
Originally from Wyoming, Art West is and listed in The Artist's Bluebook as Alan Heuer.
When in Santa Fe you may visit Art West's Studio @ the Plaza Mercado, Suite 109, 112 W. San Francisco Street right off Santa Fe Plaza
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I use only the finest oil paints (Grumbacher pre-tested) and stretched fine art canvas. This large original oil painting comes stretched and ready to hang or frame. Although no absolute guarantee can be given as to longevity, I have followed to the best of my knowledge, as outlined by Ralph Mayer in his treatise to artists via long-standing master painter principals, those principals that best ensure an oil painting's ability to stand against the ravages of time.
This is not a knock-off. This is an original piece of fine art done using my own reference materials and techniques. My painting style is not based upon that of any other artist, living or dead, but is the culmination of years of study, experimentation and practice.
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