SOUTHWEST MODERNISM – NEW PAINTINGS FOR 2021
“JOURNEY TO THE LAND OF MYSTERY”
SOUTHWEST MODERNISM – Contemporary paintings and Cubist inspired watercolors of Southwest landscapes, Kachina traditions and night skies by Santa Fe, New Mexico artist, Joseph Riggs. Studio visits welcome.
The sky has always fascinated Riggs, both the daytime sky and the nighttime sky with its millions of stars. He began to paint Native American subjects, which had been a mystery to since his childhood in Texas. He feels the spirit of Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Juan Gris, Georges Braque and Albert Gleizes – whose spirit had guided him in Paris. His paintings have evolved to include pure abstraction and explorations into color, shape, texture and design. All grouped under the broad category – SOUTHWEST MODERNISM.
“I had always loved Cubism, and its roots with Cezanne. Could I follow the storied Southwest Modernism movement of Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Raymond Jonson, Andrew Dasburg, John Marin, and Cady Wells? Could I put all of these influences together, and carve a new artistic path? I was determined to try.”