New Works by six award-winning artists spanning decades working in Santa Fe will be featured at Gildea Gallery. Contemporary paintings by Javier Lopez Barbosa, Suzanne Betz, Suzanne Donazetti, Mark Horst and Nancy Ortenstone.
A self-taught artist Barbosa’s process of abstraction stems from the connection between his emotions and the blank canvas, creating works to elicit joy and happiness. As an equestrian turns painter, Betz’s connection with horses is channeled into her luminous paintings. Donazetti communicates with color through the refractive lens of weaving and painting, representing sunlight and shadows on copper.
For Horst, painting is a way of breaking time’s grip and setting loose something wild and strong. First a clay artist, after earning his PHD in Theology from Yale University, Horst turned to painting as a practice, not unlike prayer, of paying attention to the world and its contours. Dreams and intuitive logic inform every area of Ortenstone’s fresh impressionistic canvases, and White’s ethereal landscapes engraved on aluminum, capture the intensity and rich palette of the Southwest.
“Each artist has been delicately selected to represent the best of the best of the leading painters working in Santa Fe today.