Magazine article Southwest Art

Artists to Watch

Magazine article Southwest Art

Artists to Watch

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CHUCK MIDDLEKAUFF

Inspired by the West and television heroes from his childhood like the Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers, Texas artist Chuck Middlekauff has painted cowboys and their boots since 1992. But Middlekauff also has a long-standing romance with the open road and has added nostalgic Americana icons such as diners, neon motel signs, Coke machines, and beat-up pickup trucks to his creations.

Using a trompe l'oeil technique, he paints in surfboards, candy wrappers, and toys.

KARIN JURICK

Her figures stare at paintings, stand in line for coffee, and settle into comfortable corners to read the newspaper. If you ask Georgia-based painter Karin Jurick where her inspiration comes from for such imagery, it's no surprise when she replies, "everyday life."

Jurick is fond of shooting hundreds of photographs as reference materialimages she pores over on a regular basis for inspiration. "I'm comfortable exploring the world and painting what I want," she says. "Every day I wake up in the morning and I have no plans about what I am going to paint."

A self-taught artist, she attributes her talent and exposure to art to her mother, Lee, who sold her works at traveling art shows. Several years ago Jurick began studying and painting seriouslyobserving works, she says, by favorite artists such as Wayne Thiebaud, Lucian Freud, Burton Silverman, and Ken Auster. "I am an avid fan of realism, but I strive to paint with loose, expressive brush strokes and use daring, vivid colors to achieve paintings with life and spontaneity."

Jurick is represented by Howard/ Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA; 16 Patton Gallery, Asheville, NC; and Cohen Rese Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Or he might include an actual vinyl record by the Beach Boys or the Beatles into the composition. "As with my cowboys and Coke machines, you wouldn't necessarily see these objects together in the real world, but I like to think of them together," Middlekauff says. …

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