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Connie Connally & Sammy Peters Fusion


CONNIE CONNALLY & SAMMY PETERS FUSION APRIL 3 - MAY 10. 2015

LewAllenGalleries Railyard Arts District | 1613 Paseo de Peralta | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 | tel 505.988.3250 www.lewallengalleries.com | info@lewallengalleries.com cover: (left) Sammy Peters, Journey: projecting; space, 2014, oil and mixed media on canvas, 60” x 48” (right) Connie Connally, Shoreline Sirens, 2014, oil on canvas, 72” x 55”


Connie Connally, Untamed, 2014, oil on canvas, 42” x 96”

Connie Connally & Sammy Peters FUSION With a career spanning nearly 50 years, abstract painter Sammy Peters skillfully composes complex canvasses with a powerful and sensuous combination of expressive brushwork, iterative marks, drips and mixed-media collage. He is heralded for his sophisticated interplay of shape and line, opacity and translucence, color and texture, material and image. His elegant hues, architectonic forms, and surface intricacies interplay to chart spontaneous explorations of the artist’s personal being and inspire quietly agitated dialogue between negative space and poetic figure. Improvisational and rigorously understated, Peter’s work actively reexamines and recombines diverse media and languages of painting in a singular combination of cold wax media, luminous resins, and richly saturated oils. His complex interplay of collaged papers and patterned fabrics, muted color blocks, calligraphic scribbles, and paint handling -- as subtly referential as it is boldly gestural -affirms Peter’s place at the vanguard of contemporary abstraction, and yet maintains his roots in painterly vernacular tradition.

several exhibition catalogues. Peter’s paintings continue to experience increasing curatorial and critical attention and are included in a growing number of esteemed public institutions and private collections internationally.

Sammy Peters earned his arts education at the Arkansas Arts Center School of Arts and Drama, Little Rock University, and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Presented in over seventy solo and group exhibitions, his work has garnered numerous awards and is the subject of

Connie Connally was educated at Oklahoma University and Wichita State University, later earning her MFA at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her work has been exhibited extensively across the United States and is included in numerous public and private collections.

Using a palette of organic color and caligraphic brushstroke that combine to serve as imprint of the artist’s profound passion for nature, Connie Connally paints graceful canvasses of liminal elegance with imagery that teeters between representational reference and powerful abstraction. From her experience of nature, Connally extracts essential elements and fragments of impression from colors, forms, and sensation. Each painting is a composite of what is remembered and what is imagined from her exuberant sense of being in nature. Rich, multi-layered surfaces of sun-drenched color morph, coalesce and juxtapose in quietly energetic rhythms. Connally’s poetic colorscapes with their expressive brushwork, sweeping gestural marks, and animated cadence, begin in plein air and situate her work as a unique and exciting form of abstracted landscape.

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Sammy Peters, Emergence: shadow; memory, 2015, oil and mixed media on canvas, 60” x 48”


Sammy Peters, Ceasing: decoded; allegory, 2015, oil and mixed media on canvas, 48” x 60”


Sammy Peters, Essence: inseparable; illusion, 2015, oil and mixed media on canvas, 72” x 60”

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Sammy Peters, Momentary: accesible; appearance,

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2012, oil and mixed media on canvas, 72” x 60”


Sammy Peters, Perspective: question; solitude, 2015, oil and mixed media on paper on board, 40” x 19”

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Sammy Peters, Repose: unquiet; determination, 2015, oil and mixed media on paper on board, 40� x 30�


Sammy Peters, Impulse: significant; origin, 2015, oil and mixed media on canvas, 52� x 68�


Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 21, 2015, oil and mixed media college, 12� x 16�

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Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 20, 2015, oil and mixed media collage, 16� x 12�


Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 19, 2015, oil and mixed media collage, 16� x 12�

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Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 18, 2015, oil and mixed media collage, 12� x 16�


Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 17, 2015, oil and mixed media collage, 16� x 12�

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Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 16, 2015, oil and mixed media collage, 12� x 16�


Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 15, 2015, oil and mixed media collage, 12� x 16�

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Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 9, 2014, oil and mixed media collage, 11� x 14�


Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 12, 2014, oil and mixed media collage, 11� x 14�


Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 11, 2014, oil and mixed media collage, 11� x 14�

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Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 10, 2014, oil and mixed media collage, 11� x 14�


Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 13, 2014, oil and mixed media collage, 11� x 14�

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Sammy Peters, Repose: significant; memory suite, No. 14, 2015, oil and mixed media collage, 11� x 14�


Connie Connally, Pools, 2014-15, oil on canvas, 39” x 80”


Connie Connally, Blue on Blue, 2014, oil on canvas, 50” x 52”

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Connie Connally, Pink, 2015, oil on canvas, 50” x 52”


Connie Connally, Yellow, 2014, oil on canvas, 50” x 52”

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Connie Connally, Free Fallin, 2014, oil on canvas, 40” x 54”


Connie Connally, Edge of Summer, 2014, oil on canvas, 36” x 36”

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Connie Connally, October, 2014, oil on canvas, 36” x 36”


Connie Connally, Pink Fluid Spaces I, 2014, oil on canvas, 36” x 36”

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Connie Connally, Pink Fluid Spaces II, 2014, oil on canvas, 36” x 36”


Connie Connally, Feeling of Falling, 2014, oil on canvas, 32” x 23”

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Connie Connally, Cool Clear Water, 2014, oil on canvas, 32” x 22”


Connie Connally, Forever Autumn, 2014, oil on canvas, 24” x 24”

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Connie Connally, Shoreline Grasses II, 2014, oil on canvas, 22” x 22”


Connie Connally, Whimsy II, 2014, oil on canvas, 10” x 36”


Connie Connally, Shoreline Grasses I, 2014, oil on canvas, 22” x 32”

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Connie Connally, Whimsy III, 2014, oil on canvas, 10” x 36”


Connie Connally, Whimsy I, 2014, oil on canvas, 10” x 36”

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Connie Connally, Whimsy IV, 2014, oil on canvas, 10” x 36”


CONNIE CONNALLY 2006

Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2002

McCormick Gallery, Midland College, Midland, TX

2001

Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

1999

Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

Forum Gallery, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX The American Kennel Club, New York, NY 1997

Anasazi Gallery, Dallas, TX ERL Originals Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC

1996

Southwest Art Gallery, Dallas, TX

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2015

Connie Connally & Sammy Peters: Fusion, LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe,

2013-14

Now and Then, LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2013

5 x 7 Splurge, AMOA, Austin, TX

EDUCATION

Six Rising Stars, LewAllen Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

2004

Face of California, Santa Paula Art Museum, Santa Paula, CA

MFA, Southern Methodist

Small Images, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

University, Dallas, TX 1975

2012

BFA, Wichita State

Lift 2012, Westmont Ridley- Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

University, Wichita, KS

Experiencing Perspectives 2012-2013, Mercedes-Benz Financial

1970-73

Oklahoma University

Services, Ft. Worth, TX

1988

Scottsdale Artist School, studied with John Asaro

Off the Wall, Invitational, Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Board, Santa Barbara, CA

1977-80 The Illustrators Workshop in New York, Paris and St. Marteen, studied

5 x 7 Splurge, AMOA and Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX

with Bernard Fuchs, Mark English, Alan Cober, Robert Heindel and 2011

Robert Peak 1981

2010

2011

Juror’s Award, Small Images, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2007

ArtHouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX

Art Council Award, Juror, Howard Fox, curator emeritus of

2006

Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, CA

Contemporary Art at LACMA

2005

Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX

Far and Near, East Texas Regional, Longview Museum of Fine Arts,

2004

MFA Exhibition, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Longview, TX

2002

2003

Best Portrait Artist in Dallas, “Best of Dallas Awards,” Dallas Observer

2001

Distinguished Art Award, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS

Two Woman Show, Forum Gallery, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX Women’s Museum, Dallas, TX Texas Fine Art Association, Austin, TX

2001

Hawn Foundation Award, Art in the Metroplex, Moudy Art Gallery, TCU,

The Stage Gallery, New York, NY Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

Fort Worth, TX 2000

Hawn Foundation Award, “2001 Art in the Metroplex,” Texas Christian 2000

Santa Monica-The Art of Summer, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS 2012

Revelations: Women’s Art from the Permanent Collection, The Art Museum of South Texas

The School of Visual Arts, NY, studied with James McMullin

Art in the Metroplex, Moudy Art Gallery, TCU, Forth Worth, TX

University

San Diego Art Institute

Gold Medal, Visual Arts Alliances, Houston, TX

Texas Fine Art Association, Austin, TX Dallas Visual Art Center, Dallas, TX

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2010

1999

Outside Views on Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX Beau Arts Ball, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Haines Gallery Solo Show, Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa

Dallas Visual Art Center, Dallas, TX

Barbara, CA Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

1998

Southern Accents Idea House, Charlotte, NC

Cain Schulte Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

1997

Neiman Marcus Gallery, Dallas, TX

2008

Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX

1995

2007

MMGalleries, San Francisco, CA

2009

Portraits South, Raleigh, NC Beau Arts Ball, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

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SAMMY PETERS Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX 1992

The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1991

Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, (4 solo exhibitions 1986-1991)

1990

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

1989

Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

1987

The Wright Gallery, Dallas, TX

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2015

LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM (two person exhibition)

2012

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock

2011

Winthrop Rockefeller Legacy Exhibition, Morrilton, AR

2010

Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV

2009

Kouros Gallery, New York, NY

2007

Multiple Impressions, New York, NY

EDUCATION

Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Los Angeles Art Show (exhibited by LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM) at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA

Little Rock University, Little Rock, AR 2006

Arkansas Arts Center School of Arts and Drama, Little Rock, AR San Francisco

Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM (5 group exhibitions 1998-2006)

Mime Troupe, San Francisco, CA 2005

Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

2002

Contemporanea, Hot Springs, AR, (3 group exhibitions 1995-2002)

2003

VSC Press Printmaking Fellowship.

2000

The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

2001

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship.

1999

Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY (3 group exhibitions 1995-1999)

2000

MacDowell Fellowship

1994

Berlin & Bremen, Germany, “Paintings from America’s Heart”

1992

M-AAA/NEA Fellowship

1993

1967

Juror’s Award, 10th Delta Annual

5th Annual Hendrix College Invitational, Conway, AR

1965

Juror’s Top Award, 10th Annual Mid-South Exhibition

Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY

Universi ty of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, AL

The Collector Gallery, Washington, D.C. Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2013 2008

LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM (8 solo exhibitions 1999-2013)

1992

Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta, GA

1988

Art 54 Gallery/The Wright Gallery, New York, NY

The Heights Gallery, Little Rock, AR (7 solo shows 1986-2008)

Center Gallery, Holt McPherson Center, High Point, NC

Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta, GA

Davidson College Art Gallery, Davidson, NC 11th Annual United States Print & Drawing Exhibition

2007

Multiple Impressions, New York, NY

2005

Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

1987-88

Contemporanea, Hot Springs, AR, (3 solo exhibitions 1995-2004)

1987

2004

Arts & Science Ctr. of S.E. Arkansas

Film Selection: “End of the Line” University of Arkansas at Little Rock Arkansas Artists Registry Small Works Annual, Jonesboro, AR

Craighead/Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2003

Hendrix College, Conway, AR

Mona Berman Fine Arts, New Haven, CT

2002

New Gallery, Houston, TX, (2 solo exhibitions 1989-2002)

Arkansas Artists Registry, AARt Annual, Little Rock, AR Alice Bingham Gallery, Memphis, TN

1998

Cindric Meyer Gallery, Boca Raton, FL (2 solo exhibitions 1997-1998)

1996

Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, (4 solo exhibitions 1992-1996)

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1995

The Bell Gallery, Birmingham, MI

1985

1994

Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI Mary Bell Galleries, Chicago, IL

The New Gallery, Houston, TX

16th Annual Works on Paper Exhibition, San Marcos, TX

Craighead/Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

Artsource L.A., Los Angeles, CA

University of Central Ark., Conway, AR

Southern Contemporary Art Invitational, Jacksonville, AL

The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

8th Annual Hot Springs Fine Art Center Annual, Hot Springs, AR

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, AR

24th Delta Annual, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

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Connie Connally & Sammy Peters: Fusion  

Somewhere between abstraction and realism, lies the work of Sammy Peters and Connie Connally, each remarkable for their unique practice of e...

Connie Connally & Sammy Peters: Fusion  

Somewhere between abstraction and realism, lies the work of Sammy Peters and Connie Connally, each remarkable for their unique practice of e...