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Nature's Abstract,
Grand Canyon
oil on canvas, 30 x 30
Linda Sorensen, Contemporary

The Southwest Spring, 2015, Opening February 27
featuring the paintings of Linda Sorensen,
and highlights of Southwest paintings from our gallery collection.
Grand Canyon

oil on French linen, 15 1/2 x 25 1/2
Linda Sorensen, Contemporary

Linda Sorensen has long been intrigued by patterns and flow in both clouds and landscape.

On recent trips to Arizona, Linda was fascinated by quickly moving blue shadows as the sun and clouds moved across the sky, projecting magic on the ancient red sculptured canyon walls.

Shadows on Temple of Zoroaster
Grand Canyon

oil on linen, 24 x 36
Linda Sorensen, Contemporary
Spider Rock,
de Chelly
oil on canvas, 36 x 48
Linda Sorensen, Contemporary
Planes of the Grand Canyon Colorado River

oil on linen, 24 x 36
Linda Sorensen, Contemporary

And From our Gallery Collection ...

Two of our gallery's best Grand Canyon paintings are "Gods of the Deep" by Carl Hoerman (1950) and "Grand Canyon" by Grace Fountain (1931).

Carl Hoerman
was a Chicago architect who is well known for his Grand Canyon paintings. This painting is published on page 161 of Shadows on the Mesa by Gary Filmore of the Blue Coyote Gallery in Cave Creek, Arizona. Grace Fountain painted monumental landscapes of the Cascades, the Sierra and the Grand Canyon. Her 1931 Grand Canyon was exhibited at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Gods of the Deep 1950, Grand Canyon
oil on canvas, 31-28
Carl Hoerman 1885-1955
Grand Canyon
, 1931
oil on canvas 35 x 42
Grace Fountain 1858-1942

Conrad Buff had a most unique style, reducing landscape to simple color and shape. It shouldn't be surprising he was a good friend, painting partner of Maynard Dixon and was a regular visitor to his Utah home.

Conrad's wife Mary was an award winning author of award winning children's books, illustrated by Conrad. Also of note is that Conrad Mary Buff were close friends of Libby and Joshua Meador.

Mountain River

oil on paperboard, 12 x 16
Conrad Buff 1886-1975
Sunlit Face

oil on paperboard, 16 x 24
Conrad Buff 1886-1975
Aglatha Needle
oil on canvas, 16 x 12
Ralph Love, 1907-1992
Song of Bodie
oil on canvas, 14 x 18
Ralph Love 1907-1992
oil on canvas, 24 x 36
Ralph Love 1907-1992

Ralph Love maintained his studio and taught art in Temecula, California. We are pleased to offer some of his remarkable paintings. Although Ralph is mostly self taught, he spent some time studying with fellow artist, Sam Hyde Harris.

Ralph had an amazing ability to capture shimmering desert light. His paintings can also be found at the Lee Youngman Gallery in Calistoga. Lee Youngman is Ralph Love's daughter.

Jimmy Swinnerton gained fame as a cartoonist for William Randolph Hearst. Hearst picked Jimmy and his classmate Maynard Dixon out of a San Francisco art school and put them to work. Jimmy became a pioneer of the newspaper comic strip. Then, in 1903, a life-threatening bout with tuberculosis caused Jimmy to leave New York for a sparsely populated place in the Mojave Desert called Palm Springs.

Smoke Tree Wash

oil on linen, 30 x 40
James Swinnerton 1875-1974

Yuma Desert

oil on canvas, 16 x 20
James Swinnerton 1875-1974

Jimmy revived and thrived in the desert. Today, he's known as a founding father of the California Desert School. He lived to be 99, and was a member of SF's Bohemian Club.

In the February 2014 edition of "Casemate," a French magazine dedicated to French Comic art. Artist Dominique Bertail writes his thoughts on Swinnerton's "Smoke Tree Wash." Read more in our from our April 2014 issue.

In the late 1920's, John W. Hilton set up a gem shop and art gallery in Thermal, California, between Palm Springs and the Salton Sea. His studio was in the back room, and, due to his magnetic personality and knowledge of the desert, he persuaded friends to assist him as he taught himself to paint ... friends like Clyde Forsythe, Maynard Dixon, and Jimmy Swinnerton.

In turn, these artists brought their friends. Clyde Forsythe brought the great Russian immigrant Nicolai Fechin and on a different occasion, his old studio mate from New York, Norman Rockwell.

Other non-painting visitors hosted by Hilton at his humble desert lodgings in Thermal were Howard Hughes and General George Patton.

Hilton found success in the 1950's and moved to Twentynine Palms. There he often painted with his neighbor, James Cagney. During golf visits to Palm Springs, he painted with his friend President Eisenhower. Ike had one of Hilton's paintings hanging on his Oval Office Wall.

La Mananita

oil on masonite, 20 x 34
John W. Hilton 1904-1983
, 1951
oil on canvasboard, 16 x 20
John W. Hilton 1904-1983
Chicken Race, Santa Domingo Pueblo, NM

oil on linen, 20 x 27
Joshua Meador 1911-1965
Taos Pow Wow

oil on linen, 20 x 27
Joshua Meador 1911-1965
Desert Planes

oil on linen, 22 x 30
Joshua Meador 1911-1965
Clear Crispy Day

oil on linen, 20 x 27
Joshua Meador 1911-1965

Walt Disney artist Joshua Meador is the star of our gallery. Although Joshua Meador is best known for his paintings of the Pacific, and scenes of Pacific Coast Harbors and towns, he also painted extensively in the Eastern Sierra near Lone Pine, the Mojave near Palm Springs, and into the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico.

Josh graduated the Art Institute in Chicago in 1935. Because it was the midst of the Great Depression and there was no work, he painted Post Office murals for the WPA until he submitted his portfolio to Walt Disney. Josh was hired in 1937 as lead animator for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and remained as the Director of Animation Effects for Disney Studios until he died in 1965. Over his career, he was one of the directors of Fantasia and part of the Oscar winning animation effects team for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

But Josh always thought of himself as a painter first. Disney was just his day job. At the time of his death at age 54, he had built his dream home on the cliffs above Mendocino. He would return to the Disney Studios for special projects.

Also on Exhibit ...
Indians at Monument Valley

oil on masonite, 16 x 20
Ferdinand Burgdorff 1881-1975
Mittens, Monument Valley

watercolor, 15 x 21
Jade Fon 1911-1983

Summer Range

oil on canvas, 24 x 38
Bill Freeman 1927-2913
The Storm
oil on board, 24 x 36
William Leroy Knudson 1929-

Desert Cathedral, Monument Valley
oil on board, 20 x 24
Dedrick Stuber 1878-1954

Canyon de Chelly

watercolor, 8 1/2 x 11
Milford Zornes 1908-2008