The Texas Aesthetic VII | May 9 – July 12, 2014
From May 9th through July 12th, 2014, the annual Texas Aesthetic exhibition returns to William Reaves Fine Art. In this annual display, the notable Texas-centered gallery on Brun Street, brings many of the state’s best painters to the city, reminding Houstonians of the virtues of Lone Star regionalism. This year’s Texas Aesthetic event marks the seventh consecutive rendition of this hallmark series in which the gallery examines the current status and continuing legacy of Texas landscape painting. The past displays have been superb, achieving brisk sales and garnering strong local reviews; and the folks at Reaves gallery promise that this year’sexhibition will be no different, offering yet another stunning collection of prime Texas work!
Texas Aesthetic VII features the gallery’s stable of Contemporary Texas Regionalists, a group of fourteen of the state’s most prominent artists hailing from parts all across Texas. While featuring contemporary works the Texas Aesthetic actually constitutes a “legacy” exhibition, celebrating past traditions of Texas landscape painting by showcasing some of the most accomplished contemporary artists who carry on these traditions today. Reaves explains that all of the artists included paint either a style and subject matter directly inspired by earlier Texas masters who were at work in the early decades of the twentieth century, a time during which images of our state were just being captured on canvas.”
The exhibition offers a pleasing opportunity to reflect upon the unique compositional elements and painterly qualities which continue to define “Texas” in art. From the paintings selected, it is readily apparent that the works are worthy of the attention of serious Texas collectors and that the selected artists are indeed a “cut above”. Texas art aficionados will definitely connect with the works in this show, and will take heart in the fact that these artists who have chosen to devote their considerable talents to the continued task of capturing today’s Lone Star scene.
Participating artists include: Randy Bacon (Albany), Mary Baxter (Marfa), Margie Crisp (Elgin), Keith Davis (Austin), Jon Flaming (Richardson), Pat Gabriel (Fort Worth), Lee Jamison (Huntsville), Robb Kendrick (Austin), Laura Lewis (Mason), William Montgomery (Elgin), Noe Perez (Corpus Christi), Jeri Salter (Round Rock), Debbie Stevens (Cypress), and William Young (Palestine). In addition, Texas Aesthetic VII will also show works by local guest artists Erik Sprohge and Hunter George, both from Houston.
On View: May 9 – July 12, 2014
Collector Preview Weekend: Friday, May 9th - Saturday, May 10th, 10am-5pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 17th, 5-8pm
"Conversations with the Artists" (every Saturday, 2-4pm):
May 24: Lee Jamison May 31: Debbie Stevens June 7: Mary Baxter June 14: Jeri Salter
June 21: Laura Lewis & Noe Perez June 28: William Montgomery & Margie Crisp July 12: Randy Bacon
William Reaves Fine Art • 2313 Brun Street, Houston, TX 77019 • Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm • 713.521.7500