“Waddell’s recent paintings are more atmospheric, with translucent wax medium layers suggesting the drift of grazing animals, transitions of days, and the movement of seasons.” ~ Altamira Fine Art
I’m not nuts. When I look at Theodore Waddell’s work I’m reminded of Basquiat. You know, that deceased 20th century master, a contemporary of Warhol’s? You know, the artist who’s work “Untitled” sold for $110 million at Sotheby’s not long ago?
I needed to find the right words to describe my gut reaction to Waddell and Basquiat. First word: graffiti. Second word: primal. Third word: impressionistic. Fourth word: minimalism. Fifth word(s): color as response to emotion and place.
“Basquiat’s work is an example of how American artists of the 1980s could reintroduce the human figure in their work after the wide success of Minimalism and Conceptualism, thus establishing a dialogue with the more distant tradition of 1950s Abstract Expressionism.”
Waddell’s work is an example of how Western artists of the current era can re-interpret animal figures after the wide success of Minimalism and Conceptualism, the spread of pared-down Contemporary Western art, and even our subconconcious concerns about preserving national landmarks and ancient caves, the markings of the Indian culture we overtook. Internal and external dialogues are established.
It does appear that Waddell, based in Montana, has merged a melody of art styles and practices, as The Art Story suggests about Basquiat. And, as the same academic site suggests, it all comes together in works with the feel of collage.
Where can you ponder this hypothesis? At Altamira Fine Art, where Waddell’s newest works are already on exhibition and where an opening reception takes place for the show on August 31st, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Waddell will be on hand, and a book signing is planned. “My Montana, Paintings and Sculpture, 1959-2016,” is plentifully illustrated and traces Waddell’s early influences and career development. The writing is by Rick Newby, and “My Montana” also includes essays by Montana curators, scholars, critics, poets and fiction writers who know Waddell’s work intimately.
The 288 page paperback book is available at Altamira Jackson in advance, as well as the night of the reception.
About the show, Altamira writes: “Waddell’s recent paintings are more atmospheric, with translucent wax medium layers suggesting the drift of grazing animals, transitions of days, and the movement of seasons.” As the artist himself has always emphasized, he is a Western artist in that the subject matter he chooses ties him to Western art.
“I’m painting a contemporary slice of the West,” Waddell confirms. “I’m living what I paint.” The fact that he DOES live what he paints draws us, his admirers, to his work over and over again. Waddell’s work calms, is meditative. We think, “Yes. This is how it feels. This is our land.”
We reflect where we live in our art, and where we live sinks into our skin. No matter who he’s channeling, Waddell’s art is unmistakably Western, with a global resonance.
Pre-sales, as always, are available. Visit the exhibition at http://www.altamiraart.com/exhibitions/153/works.
Better yet, stop in to Altamira on North Center Street and see for yourself! www.altamiraart.com
Save this date and time: October 12th, 6:00 pm.
That evening the second annual “Art of Love” Plate Auction takes place at Jackson Hole’s Center for the Arts. Benefiting Community Entry Services, a non-profit advocacy group with a heartfelt and concrete mission: CES empowers those with disabilities “to maximize independence and lead satisfying productive lives in the community.” The organization, one of the premier groups of its kind, provides for people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries here in Wyoming.
Participants learn to make their own life choices, “while being valued, respected and contributing members of their community. Natural supports will enrich their lives on a daily basis where they live, learn, work, and play,” states CES.
A live auction, selling the plates, begins at 7:30 pm sharp on October 12th. Participating artists (featuring Jackson’s...talented artists) are both professional and include JH High School award-winning art students:
The deadline for submitting your design to the 2018 Pavilion Project is fast approaching. Proposals are due by September 7, 2017.
“Project timeline includes identifying an artist or team by October 1, 2017. The team will enter into a contract to create a “Final Design” that includes obtaining all required building permits and permissions. Upon receipt of all required approvals, then the team will be awarded a “Commission Agreement” to build and install the Pavilion by June 1st of 2018,” says the Center for the Arts.
The project is a partnership between Jackson Hole Public Art and Jackson’s Center for the Arts. Part of the Center’s 2018 Creative-in-Residence program, a local design competition will identify an artist AND/OR an architect team to create a “sculptural pavilion” at the Center Park. Hopes are that the new structure will attract visitors and build interest in sculpture or related arts.