Magazine article Southwest Art

G. Russell Case

Magazine article Southwest Art

G. Russell Case

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Mockingbird Gallery, August 1-31

G. RUSSELL Case's show at Mockingbird Gallery this month is a chance for the artist to showcase a wide range of landscapes that he doesn't often get the opportunity to exhibit. "One of the things that Russell and I discussed before he began working on this body of paintings was his desire to celebrate all of what the West has to offer," explains gallery owner Jim Peterson. "Russell has wanted to expand his focus beyond the red rocks and desert scenes that he has become so recognized for to include his passion for the mountains, farms, and rural areas of the western United States. This show is certainly a platform for some of those ideas and inspirations."

Opening with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on August 1 and running through the end of the month, this is Case's first solo show at Mockingbird Gallery. He has put together 20 oil paintings that honor the lush landscape around his Utah home, the desert mesas in the southern part of his state, the majestic mountains in the Northwest, and the beauty of the Oregon coast. He's also including a few small field studies that inspire larger works. "These field studies are like my drawings," Case says. "They're done in oils. 1 don't blow them up into large paintings, so they're works in their own right."

Paintings of the farmland and dairy country close to his home are included in the show. Case hasn't been traveling extensively lately but rather focusing much of his work on Utah-area landscapes, both canyon lands and mountain scenes, that inspire him. "I paint mountains off and on all the time, but many of them don't get shown," he says. …

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