“For the Love of Trees” featuring 4 master painters and their unique vision of trees.

 

Opening Reception: Friday October 5, 2018 5pm – 7pm

 

Exhibition: October 5 – November 4, 2018

Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm

 

Robert Striffolino, Reid Richardson, Amy Guion Clay and Tim Althauser come together in a dazzling display of sensual and thought-provoking images based on their individual vision of the tree. Since time immemorial, trees have been the lifegiving wisdom keepers of Earth. Revered in many religions as the Tree of Life and the World Forest, pilgrims came to worship in groves of majestic cathedrals. The word ‘druid’ may drive from the Celtic word for tree and means ‘oak wise’.

 

Trees are considered sacred, especially here in the desert. To that end, Globe Fine Art is mounting a visual Tribute to Trees. We are featuring our most nature sensitive and flexible artists who have dedicated their considerable skills to visually reforest our gallery. Join us as we fill our hearts and limbs with a fresh understanding of our elders, the trees.

 

 

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

REID RICHARDSON

“Trees have innate characteristics that parallel human existence. They help us make sense of the world without being overly direct. The most recognizable similarities are physical. Its branches outstretch like nurturing arms bearing fruit to give new life. Its roots dig deep within the soil affirming its rich history. We grow as a tree does, planting ourselves firmly in the ground of modern society and evolving with the ever-changing seasons.”

 

ROBERT STRIFFOLINO

Trees have been a theme that has surfaced continually over all the years that I have been painting. They are beautiful peaceful quiet living beings.

 

In one ongoing series, “Tree Squeeze” I confine myself to a 3:1 vertical ratio. The subject is a structure of vertical tree forms and light compressed, as in a forest.

What stimulates me in this series is the continued desire to bring forth the essence or spirit of the subject as well as the emotion within myself. With limitations set, the painting process (formal elements--color, structure, texture, etc) continues to progress so that the tree forms seem to dissolve into paint and color yet retain the spirit of what they are. Compare “Tree Squeeze #2” and “Tree Squeeze #8”. This is all true of the “Tree Quilt” series as well.

I want to FEEL the spirit of the trees but SEE it as a painting.

 

Think of a line of poetry as opposed to a line of prose.

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AMY CLAY

"I don’t remember when first trees appeared in my paintings but it was years ago and I think they were Baobab trees from Africa. Then the local Cottonwoods showed up. They’d come and go in my paintings as they pleased, periodically presenting themselves, and then hiding away. Much as they do in my life. Sometimes I notice them, sometimes not. 

 

But always they are solid and faithful friends and guardians. 

 

Then I fell for trees in a big way about 5 years ago while living in London. It was a short walk to the vast and wooded Hampstead Heath, and my daily perambulations through the woods resulted in a huge number of tree photos. Each oak and beech and ash (who knows what else!) reached and contorted as though in a contemporary dance production. Some of them were many hundreds of years old, and had distinct personalities. All of them were noble and grand. 

 

About that time, I was given the opportunity to have a solo exhibition at the Hampstead Museum, and the trees of the Heath were the perfect theme. I happily showcased my new arboreal friends, and since that time I have revisited these same Heath trees countless times, including in this current series of paintings.

 

Trees are shelter, they give freely of their fruits and nuts, they shade us from the summer sun, and vividly blush before dropping their leaves. They give the soil structure, and house birds and animals. They are the lungs of this earth, and the heartbeat too. I can’t think of anything more worthy of our appreciation and admiration than the great and glorious tree."

 

TIM ALTHAUSER

 

It's no surprise that Tim’s paintings are so popular. He captures the liberated feeling you get when you are out in nature, gazing up at the sky, listening to the leaves rustling in the breeze.You would think Tim has spent his entire life staring up at trees...and the fact is, he has. Before becoming an artist, Althauser cut timber and built log homes in Arizona and Colorado for over 18 years 

 

Then at the age of 38 he suffered a severe brain hemorrhage. He had to again learn to walk and take care of himself. It was after that experience that he began to teach himself to paint. He started with cowboy boots and churches, but found he could put so much more into his art when he painted what he knew; trees. He has spent so much time in the woods that he didn’t need to look at a tree to paint one.  Tim loves painting aspens, the forest renewal trees.

 

If you look close, unexpected colors like lapis lazuli, genuine malachite, and turquoise are threaded through the trunks of his trees. Tim remarks, "My paintings are not abstract, but there are a lot of colors that do not belong there, I believe it enhances the beauty,"

The Water Tree
The Water Tree

Reid Richardson oil on canvas 48 x 30 inches

Adaptation
Adaptation

Reid Richardson oil on canvas 48 x 48 inches

Night Shadow
Night Shadow

Reid Richardson oil on canvas 24 x 18 inches

Uplifted
Uplifted

Reid Richardson oil on canvas 20 x 16 inches

Cactus Cloud
Cactus Cloud

Reid Richardson 18 x 24 oil on canvas

Deep Red
Deep Red

Reid Richardson oil on canvas 24 x 18 inches

Tree Quilt #4
Tree Quilt #4

Robert Striffolino Oil on Canvas 48 x 48

Tree Squeeze Study 10
Tree Squeeze Study 10

Robert Striffolino Oil on Canvas 36 x 12

Heavenly Bamboo II
Heavenly Bamboo II

Robert Striffolino Oil on Canvas 44 x 60

Winter Fruit Trees
Winter Fruit Trees

Robert Striffolino Oil on Canvas 56 x 60

Tree Forms II
Tree Forms II

Robert Striffolino Oil on Canvas 36 x 48

Tree Forms No 3
Tree Forms No 3

Robert Striffolino Oil on Canvas 46 x 46

Red Twig Dogwood
Red Twig Dogwood

Robert Striffolino Oil on Canvas 46 x 46

In the Trees Study II
In the Trees Study II

Robert Striffolino Oil on Canvas 18 x 36

Tree Squeeze, Study No16
Tree Squeeze, Study No16

Robert Striffolino Oil on Canvas 36 x 12

Light Reflections I
Light Reflections I

Robert Striffolino Oil on Canvas 72 x 72

Tree Squeeze No 6   72 X 24
Tree Squeeze No 6 72 X 24

Robert Striffolino oil on panel 72 X 24 inches

Tree Quilt Study 2
Tree Quilt Study 2

Robert Striffolino Oil on Canvas 24 x 18

Tree Squeeze No 8   72 X 24
Tree Squeeze No 8 72 X 24

Robert Striffolino oil on panel 72 X 24

Tree Forms, StudyNo11
Tree Forms, StudyNo11

Robert Striffolino oil on panel 12 x 14 inches

The Better Claim
The Better Claim

Amy Clay Mixed Media 12 x 12 inches

Long Breathing Thoughts
Long Breathing Thoughts

Amy Clay Mixed Media 11 x 14 inches

A Spark a Thought
A Spark a Thought

Amy Clay Mixed Media 12 x 12 inches

In this Moment
In this Moment

Amy Clay Mixed Media 12 x 12 inches

Listening to Trees
Listening to Trees

Amy Clay Mixed Media two 11 x 14 panels

Roots in Infinity
Roots in Infinity

Amy Clay Mixed Media 12 x 12 inches

Longing to Wander
Longing to Wander

Amy Clay Mixed Media

Blue Sky Aspen
Blue Sky Aspen

Tim Althauser Oil on Canvas 44 x 28 inches

Ungrounded Nocturnal
Ungrounded Nocturnal

Tim Althauser Oil on Canvas 48 x 30 inches

Aspen race Nightime
Aspen race Nightime

Tim Althauser Oil on Canvas 45 x 28 inches

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