Delta Landscapes – November 1-30, 2013
Matthew Hasty and Dolores Justus will be featuring their Delta inspired landscapes during the November exhibition at Justus Fine Art Gallery in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The exhibit will open on Friday, November 1 in conjunction with the monthly Gallery Walk in downtown Hot Springs and continue through November 30. Both artists offer their unique style and response to the landscape of the Mississipi Delta.
Given the recognition as “Memphis’ premier landscape artist” in a 2008 feature by Delta Magazine, Matthew Hasty is a Memphis native who has found his artistic home inspired by the landscapes that he grew up with. Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1969, Matthew Hasty has lived most of his life in the South. His mother was an artist and the materials to make art were always around from early childhood, prompting Hasty to begin making art at a very young age. He earned a B.A. in Fine Arts at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida in 1993, after which he moved to New York for a period of time. “New York is a great place to ‘see’ art. I just always felt there were too many distractions, and it was not a place to find solace or peace for me. I knew that I could never be at home there,” says Hasty. His artistic path took many twists and turns before he finally came back to find peace in family life in his native town of Memphis where he creates his hauntingly beautiful landscapes of the South.
Dolores Justus’ landscape paintings of the Delta are loosely rendered, capturing the essence and energy of the land and sky that is constantly changing. Justus’ paintings reflect a sensitive and intuitive view that distills patterns of light and form into compositions that engage and inspire. Her painterly style also contributes to the interactive quality of her art. In her exploration of the confluence of optics and painterly abstraction, her work belongs to the “new landscape” movement of contemporary American art.