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Altamira Presents Travis Walker; $8.39 Million at JHAA

Travis Walker - Ski Fence

Travis Walker – Ski Fence

I’ve been rooting for Travis Walker and Altamira Fine Art to find each other on “ArtMatch.com” and now they have!

Walker is the latest Jackson artist to have a show at Altamira. His exhibition of new works, “In Such an Hour: New Views of Jackson Hole,” runs September 23 – October 6, 2013, and an Opening Reception takes place at Altamira on Friday, September 27th, 5-7:00 pm.

Walker not only makes art; he’s an arts force. If Walker had not landed in Jackson a decade ago, it’s my belief many grass roots arts initiatives would not exist. Artists don’t often take on community leadership roles, but Walker has, and now he’s reaping extraordinary rewards.

“A common subject in my work is the road, which represents our journey through life. We start off staring down the lines of a road, and our entire lives we continue to follow the road to new places. My fascination with roads led me to another symbol in my work: the trailer home,” says Walker. “I have found so many trailers scattered throughout the West that I have come to view them as representations of the American Dream, full of hope, uncertainty, and memory.”

Travis Walker - Saddle Butte (Pink)

Travis Walker – Saddle Butte (Pink)

From the moment he arrived in Jackson Walker began painting it. Most on-location artists (I think we can go ahead and list Walker as a plein air painter—he’s in the “Artists in the Environment” hall of fame and was the first truly non-traditional artist to take part in that program) can be found out in Grand Teton National Park, or anywhere out in nature –and Walker can be found there too. But he also spends much of his time painting the Town of Jackson, essentially creating new iconic images of Jackson. All these subjects entice the artist: an old salon (the former Gai Mode), a decaying house with a fence made of skis (so many have lived there!) and a vintage trailer park.

Walker’s work, notes the gallery, is influenced by American regionalists Edward Hopper and Grant Wood (“American Gothic”), and by Japanese printmaking and German Expressionism.

It often takes years of hard, consistent work to make it in the art world; it’s a challenging, competitive and sometimes heartbreaking life pursuit. But, as we’ve said, arts enthusiasts constantly keep their eyes open, and Altamira director Mark Tarrant has been tracking Walker.

Travis Walker

Travis Walker

“Travis creates very interesting interpretations of local scenes, from his views of Snow King to sweeping views of Flat Creek and the Elk Refuge,” Tarrant observes. “He is a sophisticated painter with a fresh, contemporary palette. We are pleased to present an exhibition of Walker’s work here at the gallery.”

Years ago I wrote a forward for a book about his art that Walker published. Revisiting it, it still feels relevant:

“Walker is a satellite, zooming in and out of our landscapes, freezing vast spaces and solitary formations. We’re light years away from a moment just captured. Flaxen parachutes float forever. Still purple evening shadows never give way to night. These landscapes are our ideal; they’re uninhabited, but histories are embedded. Deserted cabins hold the energy and sadness of generations. Blank windows and headlights, eyes of the universe. Beneath Walker’s surfaces is an extraterrestrial glow he never quite paints down, a light peeking out from behind closed doors.”

Born in Tokyo, Japan and a child of the military, Walker is well acquainted with transience. Place is crucial. Now, at age 37, he’s settled in Jackson with a family of his own. He received his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University, and he’s had numerous shows and exhibits over the years. Walker is founder of  Teton Artlab, a non-profit providing studio space for artists. As we’ve reported, Walker was a 2013 panelist for the National Endowment for the Art’ Artists Communities Grant and a 2013 Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. In 2012, he won the “Rising Star Award” from the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole.

And risen he has. www.altamiraart.com 

Martin Grelle - Scouts on the Buffalo Fork, 2013

Martin Grelle – Scouts on the Buffalo Fork, 2013

$8.39 million…

…is the official total sales amount of this year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction (produced by Trailside Galleries and Santa Fe’s Gerald Peters Gallery), held September 14th, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 85% of 284 lots were sold, with 200 phone bidders vigorously participating. The estate of James Grisebaum contributed many important works, and all but one of the 32 works from his estate were sold.

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Just the Jackson Hole Art Auction Facts, Please!

Can’t help it……must report Auction results…….must report……..(isn’t that how television’s “Lost in Space” robot talked?) I’m away, back East, land o’ lakes, rock walls, farms and the Atlantic coast. Wasn’t going to write a THING.

The sixth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction realized a cool $7,700,000 in sales. Held on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming, the auction is produced and hosted by Trailside Galleries and the Gerald Peters Gallery. More than 80% of the featured 300 lots sold—there were approximately 30 passes—and speaking from my own experience, working the auction from literally “behind the scenes,” off-stage, organizing the progression of works to be brought on stage for sale, “auction day” was extremely exciting!

Laurence, Sydney, (1865-1940), Mt. McKinley, oil on canvas laid on board

300 lots! It seemed a done deal we’d be running for six hours, but the auction concluded in a remarkable five. I and five able-bodied (young and cute!) handlers prepared paintings, bronzes and Indian artifacts (a great picture of us, page 20, in September 19th’s “Stepping Out” Section, J.H. News & Guide–article by Johanna Love, photo by Price Chambers). It’s hard, fast-paced work. After the auction, I bought a bottle of cabernet, drove home, poured a glass and unfurled my bod onto the grass, sunny side up. Submitted auction press materials state: an exquisite selection of paintings by wildlife artist Carl Rungius brought over…

Harvey, G. (1933-) Chancellorsville, oil on canvas

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Art Auction Has LOTS; Baldwin Tribute; Art News from Santa Fe

Russell, Charles M., (1864-1926), Unbranded, ca. 1897, oil on canvas, 13.125 x 20.25

This year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction takes place Saturday, September 15, 2012 (the final full day of the 2012 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival) at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. Presented by Trailside Galleries and Gerald Peters Gallery, the event is now realized as one of the West’s premier auctions of past and present masterworks of the American West. Last I heard, the number of lots at the 2012 auction was approaching 275. That means a six hour auction is possible! Last year’s auction realized well over $9 million in sales. Over 90% of the 250 lots offered soared over their estimates. Click here to see a catalog of 2011’s results.

In a previous post, this blog updated auction devotees that a coveted Terpning, as well as a Rungius, Remington and other works had already been consigned. A list of living artists with works in this year’s auction includes: William Acheff, Clyde Aspevig, Ken Carlson, Martin Grelle, G. Harvey, Z.S. Liang, Bill Owen, Kenneth Riley, Mian Situ, Howard Terpning, and Morgan Weistling.

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