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Grant Macdonald “Places and Memories”

September 7, 2020 - Kelly Carper

“What I aim to do in my work is not so much to convey exactly what I saw, but what I remember,” says New Mexico landscape painter Grant Macdonald. “I paint the things that I thought were impressive or significant, or what drew me to the subject. The idea is to create what a person would recall about a place - what affected them emotionally.”

Grant Macdonald’s solo show, “Places and Memories,” opens Friday, September 11th with a body of work inspired by the artist’s travels through Northern New Mexico as well as recent trips to Holland and France. Macdonald is known for his dramatic sunset paintings that capture the Southwest’s awe-inspiring evening skies. While this signature style will be present in the exhibition, Macdonald’s recent painting trip to Abiquiu and Taos inspired new perspectives on familiar landscapes. “I’ve visited these scenes many times but typically during the day or in the evening,” says Macdonald. “But the morning light transformed what I’d seen before as autumn trees were backlit by the sun, which gave me a totally new approach.” Autumn Light and Morning Light at Ghost Ranch reflect these experiences, along with more imagery that captures the subtle beauty as well as the grand drama of the southwest landscape.

Macdonald will exhibit several studies in this show for larger works such as Golden Morning on the Chama and Secrets of the Evening. Studies paired with their evolutionary counterpart give the collector a glimpse into Macdonald’s painting process, while also providing more opportunities for purchasing work at various sizes and price points.

Paintings such as Tulips in Holland and Village in Burgundy broaden Macdonald’s subject matter to include European landscapes, inspired by the artist’s travels overseas last spring. Tulips in Holland depicts Macdonald’s impression of the Keukenhof Gardens, which boast over 70 acres of tulips and other flowers. “It was the most spectacular garden I’ve ever seen,” recalls the artist. “You could walk for miles among the flowers.” This kind of lasting emotional impression is what dictates Macdonald’s subject matter back in the studio, and is undoubtedly translated to those who experience his work.

“I try to identify the essential qualities that elicit an emotional response and communicate that response through my work,” says the artist.

Preview new paintings for “Places and Memories” on Macdonald’s artist page at meyergalleries.com and join us for the opening reception on September 11th from 5-7pm.


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