Abend Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by gallery artist Dave Santillanes. Expansive canyons, hazy snowstorms, crashing waves, wide-open valleys, and rolling rivers are all on display in this wide-ranging exhibition, all beautifully rendered by Santillanes’ skillful hand. This will be, without a doubt, one of the most impressive landscape exhibitions of the year.
Dave Santillanes has made his mark on landscape painting in more ways than one. His seamless transition from painting en plein air to completing works in the studio has made him one of the most successful artists to show at Abend. Through the unique sense of the environments he situates himself in, and the nature in which he chooses to depict them, he has set himself apart.
In his own words Santillanes says, “I look for simplicity. I’ve found that there are many opportunities to simplify a scene without compromising its sense of ‘place’. And because I’ve departed from a literal interpretation, I’m free to rearrange elements to fit this concept.”
By adapting larger elements within the scenery and filling in the details as he goes along, he is able to communicate a wider range of ideas within each painting. It isn’t enough to convey what is literally in front of him, he has to dig deeper to express the essence of the place. The atmosphere that he creates presents the viewer with an unparalleled perspective, one that is genuine and sincere. His paintings are emotive without drifting into sentimentality; they are frequently epic in scope without being overblown. The atmosphere and feeling that he portrays in each of his works is second to none.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Abend Gallery Fine Art was established in 1990 and offers an extensive collection of fine art from fresh, contemporary works to traditional, representational paintings and sculpture by national and internationally recognized professional artists.