Standing tall. Majestic. The real deal. No pretense. The man is in the mountains, and the mountains are in him. Plein air painter Bill Sawczuk is a man of wide open spaces, with a heart as huge as Jackson Hole.
On June 28th, 2017, Sawczuk opens his latest exhibition at Trio Fine Art. “Moving On – Opening Reception” takes place Wednesday, June 28th, 5-8:00 pm at Trio Fine Art on North Cache. Here is a statement from the gallery:
“Moving On” is a solo exhibition by Bill Sawczuk featuring works inspired by the Greater Yellowstone area. The show takes place June 28th to July 15th at Trio Fine Art gallery in Jackson, WY. The Artist’s recption will be Wednesday, June 28th, 5 to 8 PM. Bill will address the reception at 6:30. This event is Free and Open to the public. We hope to see you there! Please email with any questions Trio@TrioFineArt.com.
Who, in Jackson Hole’s plein air world, does not admire this great man? One of Gregory I. McHuron’s best comrades, you could often find the two of them out in the field, working away, the world around them their only consciousness. Bill Sawczuk feels this land. Jackson Hole goes from the crown of his trademark cowboy hat—you can’t miss it, because Bill stands far over six feet tall, and his hat floats above everyone else in the room—to the sole of his boots. His brushstrokes are strong and sure; not many artists can claim such an unmistakable style.
Bill Sawczuk wears his heart on his sleeve and throws it into every painting.
Bill Sawczuk, whenever I see him, is happy. He has a gift. Perhaps he would say he has dozens of gifts, but he means that in the humblest of ways. He means he has the earth, his wonderful life, his painting, his family, this valley. He’s a craftsman and a teacher, two of the world’s most precious callings.
Here is the most recent Bill Sawczuk story here on the Jackson Hole Art Blog. I love you, Bill!
“Impressionism is only direct sensation. All great painters were less or more impressionists. It is mainly a question of instinct.” ~ Claude Monet
It’s a beautiful day. Perfect for plein air painting. I expect you’ll find Bill Sawczuk and his easel on the hillside, following his instincts.
That’s usually the scenario mid-June, the time of year the National Museum of Wildlife Art holds its Plein Air Festival, a full day of enjoying unmatched views and at least 50 artists spread across the hillside, around the museum and its sculpture trails, easels up and colors out. Some bring along props~~like ponies and Western tack, and models dressed in Western garb. Intentions are set!
This year’s date: Saturday, June 17th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Bidding begins at 1:30 pm, which means the artists have about three hours to complete their work.
Plein Air, say some, is overdone. I say it’s making a comeback and that artists and art lovers of all ages are realizing that plein air is at the root of everything. Grounded in traditional art knowledge, this art form branched off to become Impressionism~~~a revolutionary art genre in its day, and the great works are just that: GREAT. Every artist has learned something from the Impressionist era, and “no artist is an island.” Variations on a theme? That’s the fun part! You may even see some deer on the butte or eagles soaring overhead….and there’s that cool, huge parachute shade fluttering overhead!
This is the museum’s 6th Annual Plein Air Fest, and as always it is open to the public. Spend a day browsing, talking with the artists, and then bid on your favorite works via silent bidding. Admission is free, and proceeds benefit the museum. Click here for a list of this year’s participating artists. Music and refreshments are on hand! www.wildlifeart.org
Where in the World???? The “Where in the World” Plein Air Show happened June 7th, continuing for three days. Plein air artists from around…well, from EVERYWHERE…participated. Artists filmed themselves on location, taking you through the process of creating artwork on the spot. Painters introduce themselves, tell you where they are, and commence. Several individual short clips document each artist’s progress and finished piece. AND, you can buy the work! Have fun! One of my favorite painters, Steve Datz, can be viewed here.
I want to re-introduce you to a friend of mine, Tad Anderson. A few years ago, I wrote about his work here on the Jackson Hole Art Blog. I discovered Tad at Mark Nowlin’s former art supplies studio; the two are old friends. Mark showed me Tad’s work, and immediately I felt I was looking at the pastel drawings of a savant.
Tad doesn’t live in Jackson, but his work is important enough to share with you once again. Tad’s a climber, and he has schizophrenia. He’s a husband, father, and, next to climbing, art is his passion. It’s what he lives for. Recently he sent me images of new works, lithographs. A “black moon series,” as Tad says below, is entitled “The Myth of Loneliness.”
They are spectacular.
Tad sent me a note, talking about the series and his method. I’m leaving it unedited, because that’s Tad. We love Tad.
“Hey, Tammy, I’m way glad you like these new litho’s. i’m pretty happy with how they are going. each one is a monotype based off of one to three stones that i drew different parts of the same scene. we’re gonna send you a few but i would love to send em all just to see what you think. the black moon series is called ‘the myth of human loneliness’ and is actually a print of the whole stone with all of the white chatter of the borders and that sentence written at the base. the scanner i use wasn’t big enough for all that but i hope to take it to a place downtown to get scanned. let me know if you want me to message all of the images or email? some i finished with chalk or melting crayons/oil pastels. i think there are about 20 in the series. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.”
And his website is www.tadanderson.org. If you’d like to host a show of Tad’s work here in Jackson, please let me know.