Chris Segre-Lewis

Western Vistas

Nov. 11, 2011 - Jan. 29, 2012

Ann Tower Gallery 141 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507
www.anntowergallery.com

Reception with the artist
Friday, November 11, 5-7 pm

Artist Statement:

Painting and the landscape of the American west have partnered congenially for over two hundred years. Keeping in mind that Kentucky was once the new frontier west of the Allegheny Mountains, the concept of the American West has included a majority of our national landmass. Artists from Thomas Moran to Georgia O’Keefe have enjoyed the vast moon-like spaces that seem to act as a metaphorical canvas for the divine painter. Rivers become lines, fields become geometric shapes, and textures translate in effortless reverie.

These new paintings track my personal fascination with the American West. My interests are focused on the geographical interactions between humans and the land rather than mere romantic allusions. In these paintings I am suggesting the evidence of human movements guided by the sublime and yet spartan allure of the expansive western landscape. As well, I hope to express the spiritual appeal of the west, with its grand, perceptually overwhelming vistas that tend to read as God sized marks built upon celestial compositions.

Where The Desert Meets The Plains

2011
oil on canvas
60 x 90 inches

sold

Bighorn Valley

2010
oil on canvas
56.5 x 79 inches

The Northern Pass

2011
oil on canvas
36 x 84 inches

Looking Back

2011
oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches

Settlement

2011
oil on canvas
36 x 84 inches

sold

High Plains Tempest

2011
oil on canvas
40 x 60 inches

sold

Geyser Basin

2011
oil on canvas
36 x 84 inches

sold

Storm Front Over I85

2011
oil on primed jute
36 x 84 inches

sold

Crossing

2011
oil on canvas
36 x 84 inches

sold

Gateway

2011
oil on canvas
48 x 59.5 inches

The Badlands

2011
oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches

sold

Thunderstorm Over Yellowstone

2010
oil on canvas
64.5 x 81 inches

sold

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