Catching up with the Rising Stars Benefiting Turner House

Mary Tomas Gallery welcomes three previous Rising Stars from the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts and shows their current work. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Turner House in Oak Cliff. Juan Cruz is still a student at University of Texas at Dallas. His mono-prints in sequence describe sorrow and fear imposed by … Continue reading Catching up with the Rising Stars Benefiting Turner House

Beyond the White — Benjamin Terry at Galleri Urbane

If contemporary shows have anything in common, it's white walls. Benjamin Terry questioned this and created a site-specific installation for his Galleri Urbane show. Before I entered the gallery space, I could already see a dark wall of Victorianesque floral patterns. “That’s all from," Terry says. "Thirty-six yards of it.” Also in the room … Continue reading Beyond the White — Benjamin Terry at Galleri Urbane

Working States of Luis Jiménez Self Portrait at Flatbed Press

Luis Jimenez

But Jimenez spare no mercy on how the public should see him and his legacy, with the ultimatum of death. He had been no strangers to controversies – Determined to move his art out to the public, he worked on fiberglass monuments for many commissioned public installation by mixing high art with popular, and sometimes low, art. But here , unlike his provocative, rapturous public work, he presented him as an aging man, frail and vulnerable, staring outward. The double imagery that blends the living with the dead is striking, because it is visually uneasy. It is uneasy, because it is true, like his other public work that has been criticized as vulgar, violent or politically incorrect.

Temple of Small Wishes by Carroll Swenson-Roberts

“Temple of Small Wishes” touch the commonality of ordinary life. We often forget the pleasure derived from meeting our basic needs. We take them for granted. But as trivial as shaving, indoor plumbing or comfortable napping, it is the universal desires all humans share. For some, they are the luxury of obliviousness. For others, they are out of reach. Roberts neither comments nor criticizes. Here, she simply paints the joy and enshrines such happiness so we all can embrace.

Frank Reaugh’s Sheepherders Camp Painting Tops $400,000 at Heritage

Frank Reaugh, Sheepherder's Camp, Courtesy Heritage Auctions

A large, rare work by Texas painter Frank Reaugh brought $437,000 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas Saturday, more than doubling the previous auction record for the artist. The 20x40 Sheepherders Camp, 1893 is the larger version of a pastel in the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum collection. Director of Texas Art at Heritage Auctions, Atlee Phillips told Urban … Continue reading Frank Reaugh’s Sheepherders Camp Painting Tops $400,000 at Heritage

Book Review: Julian Onderdonk’s Lost Paintings

Julian Onderdonk, signed Chas. Turner, untitled (Mexican Woman with Jacal), n.d. (ca. 1905), 8 X 12", oil on canvas. Julian painted a number of scenes like this with Hispanic women, a jacal or rural dwelling, the Juniper and cacti, often the scenes were in the abandon quarry to the north of his family home.

Julian Onderdonk is best known today as a painter of misty landscapes covered in bluebonnets. His work is the pride of museums and his paintings, particularly those of Texas Hill Country landscape, are highly sought by collectors. But a large portion of his work remains to be discovered. Julian’s father, Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, was a New-York … Continue reading Book Review: Julian Onderdonk’s Lost Paintings

New Book Explores Julian Onderdonk’s New York Years

Julian Onderdonk

In Julian Onderdonk in New York: The Lost Years, the Lost Paintings, an illustrated book published by the Texas State Historical Association, James Graham Baker explores the artist’s New York years, so often neglected by previous scholars. Through painstaking research, Baker reveals that Onderdonk painted hundreds of images under pseudonyms during his time in New … Continue reading New Book Explores Julian Onderdonk’s New York Years