Magazine article Southwest Art

Teruko Wilde: Total Arts Gallery, July 13-August 5

Magazine article Southwest Art

Teruko Wilde: Total Arts Gallery, July 13-August 5

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SINCE MOVING to Taos, NM, over three decades ago, artist Teruko Wilde has explored nature's beauty through a variety of styles and themes in her work. In more than 30 new oil paintings on view at Total Arts Gallery this month, Wilde continues to glean inspiration from nature and the deeper, personal questions it can prompt, but her style has visibly shifted to abstraction. The show, titled The Search for That Secret Place, opens on Friday, July 13, with an artist's reception at 5 p.m. "I picked that date on purpose," laughs the artist. "Here in Taos, gallery shows usually open on Saturday night, but I saw Friday the 13th as an opportunity to change things. People often frown about that date, but I'm going to change it to a happy situation."

In many respects, the show is a milestone for Wilde, who says her style tends to shift every decade or so. "This is going to be my last big change to challenge myself, so it's a big deal," she adds. Early on in her career, the artist painted in a more "technically refined" style with watercolors and pastels, and she has worked in a range of genres, including figurative, still life, and landscape. After moving to New Mexico in 1986, the studio painter transitioned to oils as she embarked on a series of large skyscapes that mirrored the dramatic views around her new home. Eventually, she moved on to depicting trees, gradually acquiring a more "primitive" style inspired by the graphic imagery of Van Gogh and Gauguin. "Now I'm getting into complete abstraction, and it's neither primitive nor sophisticated," says Wilde. …

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