Magazine article Southwest Art

Artists to Watch

Magazine article Southwest Art

Artists to Watch

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GABOR SVAGRIK

"I love the West and the diversity of the landscape there," says 28-year-old painter Gabor Svagrik. He ventures from his home near Chicago, IL, often, and over the past year and a half the artist has put his brushes to canvas in Arizona, Montana, Idaho, and the Sierras. Rural, quiet settings appeal to him most: a pristine patch of forest, a saguaro standing against a sunset, a tiny mountain brook.

Svagrik developed an interest in art from his artistic grandmother during his childhood iri Hungary. His affinity for the American West also blossomed during that time, when relatives living in America sent art books about such legends as Frederic Remington, Svagrik moved to the United States in 1983 and eventually studied at the American Academy in Chicago. He splits his time between working in the studio and painting in the open air of the West, where he plans to relocate some day. He is represented by Long Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ; Scotch Mist Gallery, Tucson, AZ; Venture Fine Art, Tucson, AZ; Mountain Trails Galleries, Santa Fe, NM, Jackson, WY, and Park Citv, UT; Jan Wilson Gallery, Ketchum, ID. -LB

RUDI KLIMPERT

Although 73 years old, Rudi Klimpert can easily be considered an emerging artist. He has been painting and drawing practically his entire life, but he found his niche, as he says, when he moved from the East to New Mexico 10 years ago. -1 visited Santa Fe and couldn't believe what I saw-the colors and the architecture were amazing," he says. Klimpert began dreaming about the area as soon as he left and quickly decided to return and make it his home. …

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