Francis Livingston “Western Journeys”
August 18-31, 2017
Born in Cortez, Colorado, Francis Livingston has been painting for 25 years. He is in the top ranks of American illustrators, and his work has been widely published. Francis Livingston's paintings have been exhibited in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Livingston was awarded Silver Medals from the New York Society of Illustrators in both 1997,1998. Francis Livingston studied at the Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver before moving to San Francisco in 1975 to attend the Academy of Art. He later taught there for 10 years. Influenced by Sargent and Whistler, Francis Livingston painted primarily in a monochromatic style until he began to study the work of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, including Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud and others. That led to experiments with color and a fondness for the California and French Impressionists. For nearly eight years, Francis Livingston has been painting the Santa Cruz boardwalk. "I'd always been intrigued by amusement parks, the rundown seediness, the intermingling of the past and present. When I went down to Santa Cruz for the first time in the 70's, it had that same quality as the old rides, the colors starting to fade. It fit in with the look I was after." Livingston has also done numerous portrayals of scenes from New York City and Coney Island, focusing on dramatic architecture and color. Francis Livingston lived and worked in San Francisco and San Anselmo for 20 years until he and his family relocated to the Sun Valley, Idaho area, where he has developed a deeper appreciation for the west. He has now become one of the West's premier living painters. Francis Livingston's paintings of western landscapes and pueblo architecture capture the colors and light effects that are unique to the West. His deep understanding of history, the land and its people allow him to create imagery reminiscent of the Taos Founders, and other great western artists. Francis Livingston was comissioned to create the book cover images for academy award winning author Michael Blake's, Dances with Wolves and it's sequel, The Holy Road. He was also selected by the Kentucky Derby in 2004 to create their annual poster.
Forest Quiet 20x20 oil
Light of August 24x18 oil
Francis Livingstonâ€™s southwest inspired paintings enliven the western landscape with an expressionist style. Rich colors and primitive brushwork give an imaginative and Fauvist feel to his compositions, which are often populated with reverent Native figures draped in traditional dress. Green Face 24x10 oil
Forest Green 16x12 oil
Procession Shadows 20x24 oil
Acoma 20x16 oil
Two Waters 12x12 oil
Grey and Rose 12x12 oil
The shrouded figures navigate the terrain with smooth familiarity as their soft shapes echo the wavering silhouettes of surrounding trees and desert flora. Livingstonâ€™s intuitive painting approach and loosely realistic style encourages a visceral emotional response to his nostalgic imagery.
Symphony in Foliage 36x36 oil
Pueblo Layers 25x25 oil
Raccoon 16x12 oil
Left: Spring Pattern 48x14 oil Right: Warmth 48x14 oil
Sheep 30x36 oil
Francis Livingston Education Rocky Mountain School of Art, Denver, Colorado Academy of Art College, San Francisco, California Select Exhibitions and Awards 2013 - Solo Exhibition, Canyon Road Past and Present, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2012 - Solo Exhibition, Pattern and Abstraction, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2012 - Landscapes of the West, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2012 - 4th Annual Small Works Show and Sale, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2011 - Solo exhibition, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2010 - Solo exhibition, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2009 - Historic Trading Posts of the West, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ 2009 - Geronimo Remembered, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ 2007 - Fred Harvey to Route 66 and Everything In-between . . . Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2007 - Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ 2005, 2006 - Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2004 - Artists of the Grand Canyon, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ 2004 - Kentucky Derby Official Artist 2003 - Book Cover Artist Michael Blake, Dances with Wolves and Holy Road 1997, 1998 - Silver Medal - New York Society of Illustrators 1984-2005 - Museum of American Illustration, New York, New York Corporate and Private Collections Mercedes Benz Four Seasons Hotels, Newport Beach Michael Blake, Author of Dances with Wolves Brooks Brothers United Airlines Chevron Corporation Bank of America United States Air Force Nike Gallo Wine Levi Mark Andrus, Screenplay Writer for As Good as it Gets Lawrence Mark, Film Producer, Jerry McGuire and Dream Girls M Night Shaymalan, Author and Director, Sixth Sense and Unbreakable Homer Hickman, Author of October Sky Mae Ve Binchy, Author Patricia Hurst Shaw
Cloud Light 11x14 oil
Francis Livingston “Western Journeys” August 18-31, 2017
Opening Reception Friday August 18, 2017 5 to 7pm
225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 505.983.1434 800.779.7387 www.MeyerGalleries.com
Published on Aug 18, 2017
Painter Francis Livingston's 2017 exhibition of oil paintings. The opening reception for this show will be 5 to 7pm at Meyer Gallery in Sant...