Magazine article Southwest Art

Art Values

Magazine article Southwest Art

Art Values

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Jian Wu

Walnut Street, oil, 10 ? 8.

Jian Wu likes to paint nearly every subject. His most recent paintings are of figures, cityscapes, and landscapes. The California artist has been painting for more than 30 years. Wu says his style of painting is constantly evolving. "Most of my cityscape paintings, including WALNUT STREET, are contemporary impressionist. However, my figurative paintings are contemporary realist. The portrait paintings I am working on are more focused on expression - both in color and brush strokes," he says. One afternoon three years ago, while driving by Walnut Street, the light of dusk caught his attention. "Under the light, the street had turned to a purplish-gray tone that reminded me of paintings done by late19th-century Russian masters," he says. "I was touched by the softness of the gray sky mixing with the sparkling street light that was dancing between the cars and people." When he isn't painting in his studio, you can find him listening to music, exercising, cooking, and taking care of his two cats. Wu is represented by New Masters Gallery in Carmel, CA.

$950

Enrique Santana

Approach to Manhattan #3, oil, 26 ? 18.

Enrique Santana is originally from Spain but has lived in the United States for the past 20 years. He captures the enormity of skyscrapers against the stillness of the city in his urban paintings. "In APPROACH TO MANHATTAN «3, 1 capture the moment within the urban landscape where there's no people or cars - on Iy the structure of the city," he says. The series titled Approach to Manhattan reminds us of all the ways in which we can reach a city surrounded by water - by boat, car, or plane. However, all of the oil paintings in the series have important two elements - water and man-made architecture. Santana especially finds joy in capturing the reflection of buildings on the water. …

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