Brad Price, Echoes of Creation: Q&A with the Artist
October 21, 2019 - Kelly Carper
Brad Price is an expressionist southwest artist whose paintings are bold in color, bathed in light and alive with texture and movement. His solo exhibition, “Echoes of Creation,” features a new body of work derived from the artist’s career-long inspiration: the northern New Mexico landscape. The desert flora, mountain vistas, clear air and ethereal light of the southwest draws him back year after year to the land of enchantment to gather inspiration for new paintings. For this year’s solo show, Brad Price’s paintings are a response to his most recent experiences in the southwest where fresh perspectives and shifting seasons invigorated his compositions and color palette. The result is a distinct body of work that reflects New Mexico’s unique and rugged beauty as seen through the artist’s eyes. Read on for a Q&A interview with the artist about his latest work for “Echoes of Creation,” and join us for the exhibition opening on Friday, November 1st, 5-7pm.
Q&A with Brad Price
When searching for a landscape or scene to paint, what is it that attracts you to a certain place and makes it ideal for a composition? How has that criteria influenced your 2019 solo show?
I paint things that I love. I have often stopped in the middle of a painting that does not capture my emotions. So, paintings that I finish are ones that come from the heart. One of the things that I love about northern New Mexico is that the land fills me up when I walk in its beauty. My paintings are a means to express my response to the landscape and culture of the area. That is why the theme of my show this year is “Echoes of Creation.” These paintings are echoes of my experiences in nature that spring from my heart to the canvas.
Can you tell us more about the inspiration for specific paintings you’ll be featuring for “Echoes of Creation?”
This show is comprised of work that I have produced over the past six months. Adobe structures, sun-bathed cliffs, fall scenes with golden chamisa, cottonwoods and aspens, landscapes and floras are represented in the works. The centerpiece of the show is a large 36 x 48" painting titled, “Ranchos de Taos.” The study for this painting was chosen for the “Best of America National Exhibition” of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society in Park City, Utah.
Any stand out pieces for you in particular as far as your painting experience, new techniques or inspiration, etc.?
One painting is the show is in homage to the painter Vincent van Gogh. He, of course, is my primary influence as an artist. The painting is titled, ”Starry Night Over Las Trampas.” I am sure that if he had traveled in New Mexico, he would have painted the beautiful villages here.
Also in the show is a painting of the only tree atop the plateau at Acoma, “the sky city.” This past year I visited Acoma once again and reacquainted myself with the Pueblo people and their history. I also traveled into the Chama Wilderness and employed a drone in taking photos in order to get a different perspective on things.
In what ways do you see your work and style evolving year to year?
My work is firmly planted in post-impressionistic expression now. Like Van Gogh, my paintings are about emotional expression. Another artist who prefers figurative painting has said of my work, “I don’t know how you make nothing look so good.” By that, he was referring to the fact that I paint chamisa bushes and sage. But I find great joy in every aspect of nature and great nobility in every living thing. I find that more and more, the brushstrokes in my work follow the natural growth patterns of growing things. Nature leads the way.
Any recent career milestones or awards that you’re especially proud of?
This year I was once again chosen by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City to participate in the November show, "Small Works, Great Wonders."
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