Tony Abeyta: A Continuing Journey

Explore the evolution of the incredible Native contemporary artist...

Tony Abeyta: A Continuing Journey
The Owings Gallery
120 East Marcy Street, Santa Fe. 982-6244
Friday, August 14 through Saturday, September 12, 2015
Reception: Friday, August 14, 5 to 7 pm

Tony Abeyta, Yosemite, oil on board, 16” x 20”. 2015

The evolution of Native contemporary artist Tony Abeyta will be explored in an exhibition tracing his thirty-year career from early work depicting Navajo deities to neo-modern New Mexican landscapes, and black-and-white abstract drawings. The Taos landscape has had a great influence in Abeyta’s development and continues to appear in his current work. Even the paintings he began in his Berkeley, California studio were completed under the influence of the Taos light, palette, and terrain, demonstrating his personal continuum with the legacy of the Taos masters. In addition to the mixed-media paintings, there is an eight-foot panorama of the Grand Canyon, which, while maintaining the familiar characteristics of the site, displays the artist’s attention to personal and emotional interpretation over representation to create a dynamic landscape mural. He notes, “There exists a rhythm in the land where I was born. I spend a lot of time deciphering the light, the cascades of mesas into canyons, the marriage between earth and sky and the light as it constantly changes at whim… that accent this poetic experience, unlike anywhere else I have seen. I am beckoned to remember it and then to paint it.” Abeyta is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Institute of American Indian Arts; he received the 2012 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts; and was recognized as a Native Treasure by the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. This exhibition should provide a wide-ranging conversation.