The bold brushstrokes and bright colors in expressionist paintings by local artist Brad Price will fill The Depot Gallery with “Brushstroke Dreams” from July 8 through August 29, 2016. An opening reception will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Art Walk on July 8 from 6 to 9 pm. A second reception will be held in conjunction with 2nd Friday on August 12, also from 6 to 9 pm.
Price will present a free demonstration and artist talk beginning at 2 pm on Sunday, July 17. An “Alla Prima” Workshop will be taught by Price on Monday, July 18. Translated directly from Italian, alla prima means “at once.” Students will learn how to complete a painting in one sitting, leaving the workshop with a finished painting in either oil or acrylic. Tuition is $60. For more information, or to enroll, contact The Depot at 405 307-9320.
Price's works are inspired by the Southwest landscape and its rugged beauty. The amazing landscape of Northern New Mexico is his primary focus. The light in New Mexico has a luminescent quality all its own, Price says, and he seeks to capture its effects on canvas. His work is a rebirth of the sense of style of early Taos painters and the Post-Impressionists.
His works in oil are emotive and colorful with strong directional lines which Price employs to guide the viewer into the world that he has seen and experienced. His style emphasizes contrast and bold complementary color. Through painting Brad makes an emotional visit to the scene he is painting. He can smell the chamisa and hear the waxy clacking of the aspen leaves as they blow in the wind. When he paints, he is there. When he hangs a painting on the wall, he invites others to be there with him. “Art is experience and the sharing of experience. It is creating something new and beautiful for the world, and then sharing that moment with others” Price believes.
Previously an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer, Price exhibits his paintings in various galleries in the Southwestern US. During the Oklahoma Bi-centennial his works were exhibited at the Oklahoma State Capital. His work has been on the cover of Santa Fe Circle Magazine. In 2012, Mayor David Coss of Santa Fe, chose one of Price's paintings for the cover of the Centennial Issue of the Santa Fe Visitor’s Guide.
To learn more about this and other programs at The Depot, phone 307-9320. Depot programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous individual and corporate donors.