Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe is pleased to announce a mid- summer exhibition of Peter de la Fuente. A solo exhibition, the show will feature new temperas and watercolors by the artist. Please join us for an opening reception with the artist, Friday, July 14th from 5-7PM. A public lecture by the artist in conjunction with the National New Deal Preservation Association will take place at the gallery, Saturday, July 15th.
Painter Peter de la Fuente was born in Seville, Spain in 1959, but it was four years later that he moved to the place that would provide the deepest artistic and emotional attachment: the state of New Mexico, where he has spent much of his adult life. Disenchanted with traditional art academies, de la Fuente turned to his studies to that of his family. As the son of Carol Hurd Rogers and grandson of Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, de la Fuente had the unique opportunity to study and develop his skills under the guidance of the Wyeth/Hurd family.
Building on these traditions, de la Fuente paints landscapes uninterrupted by either human or animal life. Working in egg tempera, de la Fuente focuses on the detail and luminosity of his paintings to impart the works with a sense of place. Less concerned with photorealism, de la Fuente instead choses to capture the character of a given setting, to capture the mood and feeling of scene.
“I try to evoke a sense of place. I paint the places I love. I want the viewer to feel the landscape of New Mexico-so that they can step into the painting, with a sense of familiarity; perhaps the feeling of having been there before…”
– Peter de la Fuente