Louisa McElwain: Oil of Joy

“I often feel energy, like electricity, surging upward from the ground, through my knees, through my arms and right onto the canvas,” said painter Louisa McElwain (1953 – 2013), whose bold, impasto oil paintings embody the intensity and joyful passion of their creator. McElwain’s quintessential subject was the landscape, particularly the dramatic skies and ever-changing... Continue Reading →

Herrera & Muñiz: Re-contextualizing the Retablo

This Friday is the opening of our Spanish Market Group Show featuring New Mexico Outsider / folk artist Nicholas Herrera and Puerto Rican painter Patrick McGrath Muñiz. Both artists offer a contemporary approach to traditional art forms that stem from Spanish colonial religious art. The retablo altarpiece is one traditional platform that both artists re-interpret... Continue Reading →

Patrick McGrath Muñiz: Artist Feature

The art of Puerto Rican painter Patrick McGrath Muñiz pays homage to the artist’s unique cultural heritage while initiating a dialogue that connects the past to the present. Muñiz spent the first 28 years of his life in Puerto Rico where he was raised by his mother and exposed to the Roman Catholic tradition of... Continue Reading →

Nicholas Herrera: El Rito Studio Visit

Outsider / folk artist Nicholas Herrera is as 15th generation New Mexican whose ancestors were among the early Spanish settlers to arrive in the state in the late 1500s. After stints in Santa Fe, Santa Cruz and Abiquiu, Herrera's relatives settled in El Rito in the 1820s on a 40 acre homestead, which Herrera continues... Continue Reading →

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