Up and Coming in Western Art Collector April 2018 Issue

Collector's Focus: Emerging Artists

Up and Coming

by John O'Hern

Excerpt published online courtesy Western Art Collector, April 2018

 

My first museum job was at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. It was there that I gained a grounding in contemporary art and all the isms of the 20th century--hyperrealism to minimalism. One of my favorite paintings was Georgia O'Keefe's Green Patio Door, 1955--a horizontal band of mottled blue for the sky, a horizontal band of brown for the adobe wall, a horizontal band of lighter brown for the desert and a vertical rectangle of turquoise for the door. It could have been painted by Josef Albers.

The painting often comes to mind now that I love among those simple adobe buildings with turquoise doors and the sometimes unbelievable reality of northern New Mexico skies.

In the pages of this collector's focus, readers will find works from some of the West's rising stars and the galleries that represent them.

Greg Newbold Grand Staircase Morning Oil on Panel 12 by 12 inches 

Greg Newbold Grand Staircase Morning Oil on Panel, 12 by 12 inches

Greg Newbold has created art for the likes of American Express, FedEx, Heinz, Harper Collins and others, but has recently transitioned to fine art, focusing on painting the Western landscape that first inspired him to pick up a brish. He is represented by Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, which also represents emerging artists Victoria Roberts and Josh Gibson. 

Victoria Roberts State of the Union Assemblage 19x31

Victoria Roberts State of the Union Assemblage, 19 by 31 inches

Josh Gibson Orange Shadow Oil on Canvas 20 by 16 inches

Josh Gibson Orange Shadow Oil on Canvas, 20 by 16 inches