"Ironwood Tree" By Chris Newberg
- March 5, 2019
-- Walter Art Gallery is pleased to present Local Haunts,
the solo exhibition of local artist Chris Newberg. Newberg has created new paintings capturing the spirit of locales, both the ones we experience and those we see only in our dreams. His paintings are inspired by environmental issues and the Sonoran Desert landscape. His work describes a state of returning to the wild though we were previously domesticated. "When we think of our role in nature, many see us separated from it. We feel like tourists in the natural environment…
but I disagree. I believe we are a part of nature and our role in it is critical," declares Newberg.
The artist has created 18 masterful works that are acrylic on panel, created using many thin layers of paint that are illustrative in nature. This glazing technique builds depth of color, intricate detail, and nuances of light usually associated only with oils. Each painting looks other-worldly, and yet each is actually a tender, intense, and memorable portrayal of this very world, evoking memories, fears, hopes, and warmth. Newberg states, "In my work I hope to encourage our own journey back to the wild and celebrate a reconnection with the natural home around us."
The artist was born in Mexico City, Mexico and was also greatly influenced by the Oaxacan folk art he encountered in his childhood. He received his MFA in Visual Communication and Illustration from the University of Arizona. He currently resides in Tucson where he is an adjunct professor of art at Pima Community College.
Walter Art Gallery will host an artist reception for Chris Newberg on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 6:30-9:30pm, light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. The Closing Reception will take place on Friday April 19, 2019 from 6:30-9:30pm. Local Haunts
will be on display at Walter Art Gallery from March 15, 2019 through April 19, 2019. Walter Art Gallery is located at 6425 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale AZ 85251.
The Walter Project is an innovative community of artists, entertainers, makers, and visionaries who come together to form various creative ventures such as The Walter Art Gallery and The Walter Hive. Known for their art cars such as Walter the Bus, Big Red, and Kalliope, the purpose of this community is to share joy and spark creativity through unique experiences.
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