| Untitled||1980||Ronald Davis||
||Overall: 22 7/16 x 15 3/16 in. (57 x 38.5 cm)|
| Sketch For Neil's Italian Hat||c. 1960||William Purinton Bomar|
William Purinton Bomar
(1919 - 1991)
Bomar was born in Fort Worth. He reportedly began painting at age seven after his interest had been sparked by his sitting for a portrait painted by Murray Bewley. Sallie Blythe Mummert taught the youthful Bomar to paint in oils and Joseph G. Bakos instructed him in watercolors in Santa Fe. Bomar attended the Cranbrook (Michigan) Art Academy (1940 - 1941) and studied the following year with John Sloan. Afterward Bomar received criticism from Amedee Ozenfant and instruction from Hans Hofmann. After regular summer stays in New Mexico since his youth, Bomar moved from New York City to Ranchos de Taos in 1972. He died in Clovis, New Mexico.
Bomar tends to dramatize what he sees, turning a grove of tall trees into a quiver of arrows shooting at the blue sky; letting pink houses in Taos all but lose themselves in a pinker sky, or turning a cloudscape over mountains into a giant scenic effect. In short, like Turner, a landscape for him is not a passive spectacle but an emotional force. At its best this is exhilarating work. (New York Times, January 2, 1955)
Everything extraneous is excluded from luminous, semi-abstract landscape paintings whose basic features - rocks, sky sea and cloud forms - appear to belong to a floating world. )New York Times, October 10, 1964)
Source: Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists by John and Deborah Powers
||Overall: 22 7/16 x 16 3/4 in. (57 x 42.5 cm)|
| Celebrate America!||1976||Marcia Oliver (M. Oliver)|
Marcia Oliver (M. Oliver)
||Overall: 23 1/16 x 25 9/16 in. (58.5 x 65 cm)|
| Fr. Junipero Serra||1933||Joseph Imhof|
(1871 - 1955)
Joseph Imhoff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1871. His first exposure to art was at age six when his godfather gifted him with a box of watercolors. Upon graduation, his father refused him further education unless he became a priest. Rejecting his father's wishes, he started teaching himself lithography and was hired by Currier & Ives. He eventually earned enough money from this job to buy a bookstore. In 1991 he eventually quit his job and sold the bookstore to pursue a formal art education in Europe. Traveling and painting for four years in Paris, Brussels, Antwerp and Munich he apprenticed with several artists.
But perhaps the most important experience he had in Europe was to meet Buffalo Bill Cody on board the ship and join him in Antwerp to spend time sketching and painting various members of the "Wild West Show". This experience set in place a style of painting for the rest of his life which focused on ethnographic and anthropological data rather than artistic expression. He documented the religious ceremonies of Pueblo Indians in large, rather simplified oils. He also learned new techniques for lithography which had a long-term influence on his artwork.
When he returned to New York, he rented a studio in Flatbush and began to study the Iroquois Indians in New York and Canada. He spent the next ten years painting and improving his lithography, photography and color printing innovations - which financed his early painting career. He also freelanced for Allen and Ginter, painting his Indian Head Series for insertion on cards in boxes of cigarettes.
In 1897 Joseph married Sarah Ann Elizabeth Russell, and they traveled to Europe several times until 1905 when they visited the Southwest for the first time to record the ceremonies of the Pueblo Indians. Joseph and built a studio in Albuquerque in 1906, and spent much time in the next few years traveling around the region.
In 1929 Joseph and Sarah moved to Taos permanently and built their new home facing the sacred mountain behind the Taos Pueblo. Their neighbor for some twenty years, Mabel Dodge Lujan, was known to refer to him as, "The Grand Old Man of the Pueblos". He would ask native models to live in his home for a time before he painted them. He felt he needed to know the person's soul that the eyes revealed in order to paint an accurate likeness. He collected many Indian artifacts and also had the first lithography press in Taos, which he used to make ethnographic prints and teach his techniques of recording the region's history. His series of paintings called Kivas and Corn which he gifted to the University of New Mexico was his most famous work. The Koshare Indian Museum also houses one of the largest collections of his paintings.
Joseph Imhof died in 1955 leaving an important legacy of the American Southwest. His wife Sarah in later years said of her husband, "...a gentle, dignified man who loathed the publicity and the limelight that other artists seemed to seek; he avoided publicity at all times..."
||Overall: 23 5/8 x 16 15/16 in. (60 x 43 cm)|
| Small Worlds||1966||Lee Mullican|
(1919 - 1998)
Dates in Taos: early 1970's
||Overall: 24 15/16 x 19 15/16 in. (63.4 x 50.7 cm)|
| Little Girl||1930||Barbara Latham|
(1896 - 1989)
“I had lived under the brilliant western sky all summer, but I had never experienced such brilliance, contrasted with such fragrant desert. … I loved Taos from the moment I stepped off the train.” "I’ve been very happy here." "And I’m still having fun with my art."
Known as an accomplished painter, printmaker, and children’s book illustrator, Barbara Latham had idea of her life’s creative trajectory from an early age. At eight years old Barbara Latham won a scholarship to attend a weekend drawing class, and it sparked the young girl’s innate love of art. Shortly after high school, Latham began her more serious artistic studies at the Norwich Academy and Pratt Institute in New York City, as well as summer workshops with Anderw Dasburg at the Students League Summer School in Woodstock, New York. After a corporate stint on Madison Avenue making greeting cards, Latham relocated to the art colony of Taos, New Mexico.
It was in Taos that Latham would meet her eventual husband and fellow artist, Howard Cook. The two were introduced through Victor Higgins, and enjoyed a nurturing partnership spanning more than fifty years. The two traveled extensively through South America, Mexico, and Europe, largely the result of Cook’s Guggenheim Fellowship awards in 1932, and again in 1934. It was from these new, exotic vistas that the couple gathered unfamiliar subject matter and expanded their techniques. Much of what went into Latham’s first children’s book, “Pedro, Nina, and Perrito,” was cultivated during these travels.
In 1938, Latham and her husband purchased a home in Talpa, New Mexico. It was to become the base for a prolific artistic output, featuring everything from playful community scenes to wildlife, and landscapes in her signature stop-action style. Some of Latham’s most notable works include: “View from Our House in Talpa,” “Decoration Day,” “Tourist Town, Taos,” “Getting Ready for the Rabbit Hunt,” and “Rio Grande in the Spring.”
In 1967 the couple lived seasonally in Roswell, New Mexico, after Cook was awarded with the first artist-in-residence at the newly conceived Roswell Museum. By 1976, Howard Cook’s health was failing to the point where the couple relocated once more to a retirement home in Santa Fe. After her husband’s passing in 1980, Latham continued to travel and paint until her own passing in 1989.
||Overall: 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)|
| Taos Mountain||1972||Hyde Solomon||
||Overall: 24 x 29 15/16 in. (61 x 76 cm)|
| Russell Means, San Jose, New Mexico||1999||
||Overall: 25 3/4 in. x 22 in.|
| Heyoka, Lakota Nation||1998||
||Overall: 25 5/8 in. x 22 in.|
| untitled||c.1953||Edward Corbett|
EDWARD CORBETT (1919-1971), moved to Taos in 1951.
I intend my work as poetry. 56
—Edward Corbett, 1952
Edward Corbett believed, with the rest of the abstract expressionists, that the value of art is intrinsic. He reflected on his own intentions as a painter and an intellectual at grips with ideas that dominated his world at the time:
I knew that I had to find a way of painting that I could do as well as [the Europeans] did their Surrealism and Cubism … and I had to literally work towards a discovery. I didn’t know what I was working towards. It was a mystery. The end was there but it was imagined. The end. I could imagine without knowing what it looked like in the painting … 57
By the time he was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s 1952 “15 Americans” exhibit, Corbett had found the imaginative track he would continue to follow. The process began with his childhood in the Southwest and continued through his time as a student, and later a teacher, at the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco. 58 He made his first visit to Taos as early as 1947 and relocated there
in 1951. 59
Corbett completed only four or five paintings during his 20 years in Taos; the balance of his works were drawings in charcoal, chalk, pastel, pencil, and occasionally, casein. He started painting by placing colors on the canvas and then gradually eliminating or lessening them by covering them with white. 60 The canvases are filled with almost imperceptible detail. These paintings provided the structural and thematic basis for his later work.
According to Corbett, “Abstract appearances are seen, the matter is felt, the experience is emotionalized, and through continual experience the symbol is formed.” 61 Abstract appearances—suggested by the land and by architectural forms that grow out of nature—led him to a symbology of the land, not landscape pictures. Corbett, however, was equivocal about the natural environment as a catalyst for art. He wrote, “I admit to being influenced by not only nature out-of-doors, but nature within,” and concluded, “If sources of nature exist, I trust they do not influence the painting.” 62 Perhaps this denial of the influence of natural forms served as a defense measure: fully abstract work could have lost some of its magic if described with words such as “this is a cliff.”
Whatever they were based on, Corbett’s images suggest the fullness of night, heavy snow, deep canyons, stark light; subtle hues fill paper and canvas with considerable life force, the understated vigor of immensely rugged land overflowing with delicacies of color and movement and light flashes. In his Taos drawings, the interplay of negative and positive creates depth; their soft-edged forms interlock in a lyric poetry of form. His work, often in grays and browns, shows that the successful use of hue is a matter of making combinations and relationships rather than the degree of pigment saturation. Corbett’s exacting drawings create the tension of anticipation, “not the experience of possessing an event, but a mystery … about what might happen.” 63 [cite source]
Edited excerpt from David Witt, Taos Moderns (1992)
||Overall: 26 1/4 x 17 15/16 in. (66.6 x 45.5 cm)
not sure: 26 1/4 x 17 15/16 in. (66.6 x 45.5 cm)|