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ROBERT TOWNSEND

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August 13 – 26, 2018 Jackson Hole Artist Reception | August 16 | 5:00–8:00pm

ROBERT TOWNSEND Wanderlust

Jackson Hole | Scottsdale | AltamiraArt.com

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Snow Heels Oil on canvas | 58 x 82 inches Enquire

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Wanderlust

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Once upon a time, California artist Robert Townsend bought some slides on eBay, hoping to find the Americana scenes he paints in his hyperrealist style. Thus begins the heartwarming story of a contemporary painter who discovered far more than material inspiration: he found his muse—a woman who lived her life in full-color Kodachrome. And the more he learned about Helen, the louder the call became to spend the next two decades of his life painting her life—her marriage, her travels, her panache and her personality. “Helen will keep him busy for years,” says her surviving niece Cheryl. “He just has to follow the trail.” And follow her trail he does in his exhibition of new paintings, Wanderlust, at Altamira and in a new documentary, My Indiana Muse, by Serena Creative, which is sweeping up awards at recent film festivals, including Best Short at the Beverly Hills Film Festival.

On canvas and onscreen, Townsend conveys the magic of this midcentury-meets-modern fairy tale: how two lives, separated by time and place, can share the same joie de vivre. “I think she’s teaching a lesson—to me— about celebrating life,” Townsend says. Altamira Fine Art is proud to feature an artist as intuitive and inspired as Townsend. Having spent decades diligently painting commonplace icons of the American landscape—neon signs, hotel billboards, old cars cast in a style influenced by the likes of Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Bechtle—he has finally found his raison d’être: To celebrate the joy of living the American dream, as Helen did every day. SPECIAL EVENT To close Wanderlust on August 25, Robert Townsend, the film makers, and Helen’s niece Cheryl will present a screening of My Indiana Muse and host a Q&A following the film.

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Add Color in Your Home Watercolor | 42 x 52 inches Enquire

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Keeping Up With the Conley’s Oil on canvas | 69.5 x 104 inches Enquire

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Country Roads...Take Me Home Watercolor | 34.5 x 47.5 inches Enquire

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3:30 Watercolor | 36 x 44 inches Enquire

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No Phone, No Pool, No Pets Oil on custom shaped artist board | 29 x 66 inches Enquire

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Waiting for Spring Oil on canvas | 32.5 x 49 inches Enquire

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Cotton Candy Galaxie Oil on canvas | 28 x 42 inches Enquire

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Morning Ritual Oil | 10 x 10 inches Enquire

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Indiana Girl Oil on canvas | 13 x 11.75 inches Enquire

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172 Center Street | Jackson, Wyoming 83001 AltamiraArt.com | 307-739-4700

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Robert Townsend Wanderlust 2018  

Exhibition catalog for Robert Townsend solo show Wanderlust

Robert Townsend Wanderlust 2018  

Exhibition catalog for Robert Townsend solo show Wanderlust