The exhibition brings together longtime friends, Don Stinson and Randall Wilson. The two meet during their undergraduate years at Colorado State University and have remained friends since. Although their careers would take them in different directions, Wilson to California with a career in industrial design and Stinson first to the East and then back to Colorado to develop his calling in painting, the two have always admired and encouraged each other’s respective paths.
Wilson’s recent move to Corrales and Stinson’s representation with Gerald Peters Gallery, provided the ideal platform for the two artists to finally exhibit side by side. Stinson will exhibit twelve new paintings of South Texas and the Southern California desert alongside Wilson’s new body of wood sculptures. Harkening to New Mexico’s long standing retablos, bultos, santos and viga artisans, Wilson explores craftsmanship and simplistic beauty in large wood slabs and blocks. Carving, incising and painting the wood, Wilson delivers a fresh and contemporary voice to the traditional medium. Stinson too links his work to history. Focused on western landscape painting, Stinson strives to deliver the historicized and romanticized visions of the West into the present. Blending the sublime with the presence of man-made structures, Stinson reminds us of the human impact on our land and vistas.
About Don Stinson
Don Stinson is known for his panoramic vistas that explore the physical and cultural landscapes of the West, his most recent work examines the dynamic, elemental and creative forces that have shaped and continue to shape the terrain. Stinson received his B.F.A. from Colorado State University and his M.F.A. from Tufts University/School of Fine Arts in Boston. He was the recipient of a Colorado Council on the Arts Director's Grant and his work is placed in the collections of the Denver Art Museum and the Art in Embassies Program in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has been featured both in extensive solo and group exhibitions in Colorado and Texas with prominent showings at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming and Artist Space, New York. Don lives and works in Evergreen, Colorado.
Stinson's current inspiration emanates from the elements of earth, air, fire and water in combination with man-made structures within the environment. Painting subjects such as, the ice park in Ouray, Colorado, a bonfire on the Black Rock Desert during the Burning Man festival, a wind farm on the Llano Estacado northwest of Abilene, Texas and satellite dishes above Marfa, Texas, each supply Stinson with the visual contrasts between human pursuits and the sublime expanses of the western landscapes. The artist's encompassing views reveal much about our shared myths of the West, notions of progress, individual creativity and the subsequent surrender to the elements themselves.
About Randall Wilson
Randall Wilson is an educator, teacher, and designer living in Corrales N.M.
As an educator, teaching at the finest schools in the USA, numerous educational awards have been given to Randall. The schools of art and design, The Southern California Institute of Architecture [ sci – arc], Art center in Pasadena, Otis College of Art and Design are the colleges in which nearly thirty years of teaching have taken place. Now teaching Sculpture at The University of New Mexico and at Santa Fe Community College, a new phase or environment is now generating new possibilities. The awards include: Design Intelligence Top Twenty Five most Admired Educators in the United States, LA AIA Educator of the Year, ACSA Honorary Award in Education and numerous design awards. The work and products produced in the courses taught have been widely published. The Cycles of Expression work was featured Around the World withCNN, publications include The Wall ST. Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Dwell Magazine, Architecture and Design [China] are a few examples of the published work.
The new environment of New Mexico has developed a tremendous potential in work and teaching with a reflection of the rich history, and directing the design effort to a new identity. The blending of sculpture with function, material relevance with advanced processing creates a neoteric potential.