Grounded: A Landscape Exhibition
Justus Fine Art Gallery will feature “Grounded: A Landscape Exhibition” during the month of November. The title reflects the importance of the landscape in reflecting where we’re from and where we’ve been, along with what inspires and nurtures us. The show will include work by Memphis artist Matthew Hasty, Little Rock artists Taimur Cleary and Rebecca Thompson, and Hot Springs artist Dolores Justus. The exhibition will open with a reception from 5-9 p.m., on Friday, November 7, 2014 in conjunction with the monthly Hot Springs Gallery Walk.
Inspired nature, Matthew Hasty creates hauntingly beautiful landscapes of the South in a style reminiscent of the luminist painters and the artists of the Hudson River School from the Nineteenth Century. His Delta landscapes are noted for their expansive and luminous skies, rivers, cotton fields, and groves that reflect a sense of place and their grandeur. Called “Memphis’s premier landscape painter” by Delta Magazine, Hasty’s work can be found in collections throughout the United States, as well as Russia, Germany, France, and South Korea. Hasty earned a BA in Fine Art from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. He also lived in New York for a period of time and traveled while trying to find his place and direction as an artist. It wasn’t until he returned to his native town of Memphis, that he found his home with family and his art.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Taimur Cleary holds a BA in art from Miami University in Ohio and a MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. He has worked as an artist and educator throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since 2012, Cleary has been the Artist in Residence at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Along with a selection of Cleary’s series of abandoned buildings within the context of landscape, the exhibit includes a painting from his travels to Yosemite entitled, “Curtain (South).” Many of Cleary’s pieces contain references to the direction of light and time.
Arkansas native Rebecca Teeter Thompson attended William Woods College, Hendrix College, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She studied art at the University of Arkansas with Guido Frick and Terry Rowlett. Before making the transition to full-time painting, she worked as a gardener at the Arkansas governor’s mansion and as a garden designer. Thompson’s paintings are influenced by her travels, ordinary objects that catch her eye in a new way, and people caught in a pivotal moment. Her atmospheric strokes of color, her washes of light and her sense of place engage the viewer and invite lingering. Many of her paintings are painted on-site, and when that is not possible, she relies on site-made sketches, color notes, and journal entries to supplement photographic records. Her painting have been included in many private and public collections, including the William J. Clinton/Thea Foundation Art Across Arkansas Collection.
Dolores Justus seeks to represent the “truth” or essence of place in her landscape paintings. She offers 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. Justus earned a B.F.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the nation and abroad for more than 20 years. Her work has also been included in public and private collections including: the University of Arkansas, Health and Sciences Center, Fort Smith, AR; the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR; Iberia Bank, Little Rock, AR; the Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood, MS; Delta Trust Bank, Little Rock, AR; CASA Women’s Shelter, Pine Bluff, AR; Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR; Mercy Healthcenter, Hot Springs, AR; UAMS Hospital, Little Rock, AR; and others.
Owned by artist Dolores Justus, Justus Fine Art Gallery offers a wide range of original art including sculpture, paintings, ceramics, photography, and more by recognized artists. Opening receptions are held in conjunction with the Hot Springs Gallery Walk held from 5-9 p.m. the first Friday of every month in downtown Hot Springs. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, call 501-321-2335 or visit online at justusfineart.com.