500 Miles of Sunset: New paintings by Santa Fe artist, Bill Schenck

12/27/2013 500 Miles of Sunset:  New paintings by Santa Fe artist, Bill Schenck

500 Miles of Sunset:  New paintings by Santa Fe artist, Bill Schenck

Exhibition Dates:  February 27th – March 31st, 2014

Opening Reception will be Thursday, February 27th, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Artist will be in attendance

Bill Schenck is known internationally as one of the originators of the contemporary "Pop" western movement.  His Pop Art sensibility both exalts and pokes fun at images of the West.

Like the heroes he idolized in B-Westerns, Schenck might well be called the "Good Badman" of Western American art. Early in his career he became known for appropriating cinematic imagery, which he reproduced in a flattened style, where colors are laid side-by-side rather than blended or shadowed.  This graphic approach lent to the in your face subject matter that he portrays.

Bill Schenck’s current exhibition utilizes the same Pop techniques but the palette has become more “hot” and has more stylized patterns in the clothing, portraits and the landscape.  His current work also draws upon narrative tensions just as the western fiction and movies have done in the past.

Current career highlights for the Bill Schenck include his most recent participation in the West Select shows at the Phoenix Art Museum, a show at the Denver Art Museum entitled “Western Horizons”, Landscapes from the contemporary realism collection and a retrospective of his serigraphs created from 1971 through 1996 at the Tucson Museum of Art.

Museum collections include the Mesa Southwest Museum, Mesa AZ, The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ, The Denver Art Museum, Denver CO, The Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Anaheim, CA, Museum of the Southwest, Midland TX, Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Private collections include the estate of Malcolm Forbes, Steve Forbes, Chris Everett, Elaine Horwitch, Ivan Karp, Stacey Keach, Louis Meisel, Martina Navritalova, Lawrence Rockefeller, the estate of Fritz Scholder and Sylvester Stallone. Works by the artist are held in the corporate collections of American Airlines, I.B.M., Wells Fargo Bank, Hilton Hotels, Sturn Ruger and The National Bank of Switzerland.

 “What has remained constant throughout Schenck’s career is his individuality in dealing with the subject matter of the west. Using the artistic formula of classic western film direction and the photographically reliant systems of contemporary art, he has bridged two genres that resonate with the American experience. Rather than standing as an outside observer to the realities and myths of the west, Schenck is a part of the scene, figuratively and literally. From early depictions of cinematic cowboys to real-life cowboys and cowgirls to poetic reveries about the Native American existence in the Southwest, Schenck melds the real with the imagined, autobiography with fantasy.”

 -Julie Sasse, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Art



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