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RICK HOWELL Glimpses of the Land

LewAllenModern


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Rick Howell Glimpses of the Land

August 31 - October 7.2018 Opening Reception Friday, August 31

LewAllenModern Railyard Arts District | 1613 Paseo de Peralta | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 | tel 505.988.3250 www.lewallengalleries.com | contact@lewallengalleries.com

cover: Lower Willow Creek (detail), oil on canvas, 24 x 18 in


Rick Howell Glimpses of the Land For more than 40 years, LewAllen Galleries has presented the finest examples of innovative landscape painting in the Southwest. LewAllen now is proud to announce the exclusive representation of the estate of Rick Howell, whose landscape paintings deftly fuse the influences of the Old Masters, the American Romantic Landscape movement, and the tonal colors, loose brushwork, and softness of form displayed in the Barbizon school. Howell’s art is notable for its poetic and atmospheric interpretation of the land, as derived from his direct on-site observations and impressions. A master of light, color, and shadow, Howell creates highly ordered scenes which consciously juxtapose hazy or blurred elements with sharp and refined details. A master of the tonalist landscape, Howell often utilizes the overall tone of colored atmosphere or mist to elicit an emotional response. Howell’s work demonstrates extraordinary sensitivity to time and place, to the endless variety of forms and colors of landscape in the Southwest, and to expressing the quiet contemplative beauty of nature, capturing the nuances of place through his use of subtle gradations of color and light. Howell often painted en plein air for weeks at a time, even in harsh winter months. While Howell was neither purely a realist nor an impressionist painter, his works convey both the earthly and the ethereal to capture the full essence of a locale as observed and felt on location. As a fourth-generation native of New Mexico, Howell had a deep connection with the Southwest; in particular, he drew considerable inspiration from the wilderness that surrounded his studio at the mouth of the Conejos Canyon in the Southern San Juan Mountains, as well as the diverse adjacent terrain of the Colorado-New Mexico borderlands. The works selected for this LewAllen exhibition are exquisite examples of Howell’s intuitive capacity to confer the felt experience of being in the Southwestern landscape and its quiet, visual poetry. Howell’s paintings engage the viewer by eliciting the emotional powers of both the visible and the invisible in a simultaneous experience. Applied in elegant gradients of light-struck hues and accomplished sensuous textures, Howell’s brushwork responds to the atmosphere and sensations of his chosen subject matter, varying from broad, dynamic gestures to lithe glimmers of gleaming color. 2


Reflecting Howell’s desire to capture a feeling rather than relaying a mere visual reproduction, Howell’s works reverentially evoke an interweaving of both the physical and the spiritual experience of nature and landscapes. Howell had a deep relationship with nature, and his passionate involvement with the land manifests as visual record of these treasured places. Howell founded Art for Endangered Landscapes in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, in the hope of preserving the landscapes he loved to paint. With a keen eye for color, atmosphere, and shifting light, Howell’s art garnered top awards presented by the American Impressionist Society, Salon International’s International Museum of Contemporary Masters, and the Oil Painters of America. Rick Howell died prematurely in 2012 at the age of 55. LewAllen Galleries is honored to have been named the exclusive representative of Howell’s estate, comprised of many of the artist’s finest works he had set aside prior to his death.

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Jim's Ranch, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in

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Chasing Clouds, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in


Better Hurry, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in 6


Bitterroot Sunrise, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in 7


First Snow, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in 8


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Iris Fields, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in


Conejos River Ice, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in 10


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High in the Sangre de Cristos, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in


Untitled (Red Bluffs), oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in

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Listen, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in


Lower Willow Creek, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 in

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Spring Alpine, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 in


Untitled (Long Ago), oil on canvas, 9 x 12 in 16


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Untitled (Upper Willow Creek), oil on canvas, 20 x 16 in


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Last Light, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in 19


Untitled (Conejos Below South Fork), oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in 20


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Still River, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in


Untitled, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in

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First Rite of Spring, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in 23


Untitled (Storm Rolling), oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in 24


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Untitled (Hoback Morning), oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in


Fall River, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in 26


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NM Summer Sky, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in


Aramante, Portugal, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in 28


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Untitled (Fall Los Pinos River), oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in


Rick Howell b. Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1957 | d. Mogote, Colorado, 2012 EDUCATION B.A. in Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

SELECTED AWARDS & HONORS 2006 Best of Show, Society of Master Impressionists International Exhibition Award of Excellence, American Impressionist Society, National Show Award of Excellence, American Impressionist Society, National Show 2005 Winner, 1st, American Impressionist Society, National Show Honorable Mention, American Impressionist Society, National Show Award of Excellence, Salon International Museum of Contemporary Masters Award of Excellence, Salon International, International Museum of Contemporary Masters 2004 Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, National Show 2003 Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, National Show

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS 2018 Glimpses of the Land, LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2012 A.R. Mitchell Memorial Museum, Trinidad, CO Waterhouse Gallery, one-man show, Santa Barbara, CA 2011 The Russell Exhibition and Sale, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT Total Arts, Taos, NM Tierney Fine Art, Bozeman, MT Astoria Fine Art, Jackson Hole, WY Ernest Fuller Fine Art, Denver, CO Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CO 2010 Tierney Fine Art, Bozeman, MT Total Arts Gallery, Taos, NM Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA Ernest Fuller Fine Art, Denver, CO Astoria Fine Art, Jackson Hole, WY 2009 Pieces of Wyoming, Astoria Fine Art, Jackson Hole, WY Life and Leisure, Sunset Art Gallery, Amarillo, TX Ernest Fuller Fine Art, Denver, CO Tierney Fine Art, Bozeman, MT Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA Total Arts Gallery, Taos, NM 2008 Sunset Art Gallery, Amarillo, TX Tierney Fine Art, Bozeman, MT Quiet Dramas, Total Arts Gallery, Taos, NM Ernest Fuller Fine Art, Denver, CO Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA Gallery A, Taos, NM 2007 Greenhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA Ernest Fuller Fine Art, Denver, CO Gallery A, Taos, NM Scissortail Gallery of Fine Art, Owasso, OK 2006 Greenhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA Gallery A, Taos, NM 2005 Ernest Fuller Fine Art, Denver, CO Willow Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX Gallery A, Taos, NM Mad Creek Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO 2004 Gallery A, Taos, NM Autumn in Portugal, Mad Creek Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO 2003 Gallery A, Taos, NM 2002 Scissortail Gallery of Fine Art, Owasso, OK Gallery A, Taos, NM 2001 Knox Gallery, Denver, CO Contemporary Southwest Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Gallery A, Taos, NM

PRESS Gangelhoff, Bonnie. “My World.” Southwest Art, February 2011. “Visions of Wyoming.” Western Art Collector, September 2009. “Selecting the Right Frame.” Fine Art Connoisseur, March/April 2008. “Quiet Dramas.” American Art Collector, July 2008. “Award Winners.” American Artist, October 2006. “Long Time Coming.” Southwest Art, December 2005. “Award Winners.” International Artist, July 2003. “What's News.” Art of the West, July 2003. “On the Scene.” Southwest Art, July 2003. “Colorado Calling.” Southwest Art, December 2003. “Artists to Watch.” Southwest Art, November 2001. “Art Event.” Southwest Art, June 2000.

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LewAllenModern Railyard Arts District | 1613 Paseo de Peralta | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 | tel 505.988.3250 www.lewallengalleries.com | contact@lewallengalleries.com Š 2018 LewAllen Contemporary LLC Artwork Š Estate of Rick Howell

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