SOUTHWEST MODERNISM – NEW PAINTINGS FOR 2024
“NEW WORKS FROM THE RIGGS/KUHN STUDIOS IN CORRALES, NEW MEXICO”
SOUTHWEST MODERNISM – Contemporary paintings, adventures in abstraction and Cubist inspired watercolors of Southwest landscapes, Kachina traditions and night skies by Corrales, New Mexico artist, Joseph Riggs.
Studio visits to the Riggs/Kuhn Studios in Corrales, New Mexico are welcome. To request one, send me an email at email@example.com
The sky has always fascinated me, both the daytime sky and the nighttime sky with its millions of stars. I began to paint Native American subjects, which had been a mystery to since my childhood in Texas. I feel the spirit of Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Juan Gris, Georges Braque and Albert Gleizes – whose spirits had guided me in Paris. My 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.”