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Outsider Artist Tad Anderson’s Sublime Vision


“My idea about things in the West, it’s industrialized, it’s not perfect and beautiful…but what is tragic, or could be tragic, you make it a beautiful pattern into the landscape.” – Tad Anderson

Cosmic coincidence that I came upon a year-old Peter Schjeldahl review of a deKooning retrospective just prior to sitting down and writing about Laramie  “outsider” artist Tad Anderson?  Schjeldahl feels the same way about deKooning as I did when I first laid eyes on Anderson’s astounding work~~he must be amongst the most gifted artists in our state, and every work of his you see whets your appetite for more.

If Anderson created 100,000 paintings, it wouldn’t be enough. It wouldn’t be enough to satisfy Anderson, and if the public gains the good fortune to see his work, 100,000 paintings won’t be enough for them, either. It’s almost impossible to choose a single work that sums up Anderson’s immense talent, a talent displaying extraordinary use of color, composition, and multiple styles.

Remarkable, considering Anderson has schizophrenia, and “one or two high school art classes” as his sole formal training. Thirty-four years old, he’s been drawing in earnest for a decade. In conversation, Tad’s thoughts at first seem disordered, and he’s refreshingly blunt on the subject of art.

“Early on, I spent a year in Albuquerque watching New Mexico’s art scene—there’s so much crappy art for so much money. And I thought, “this is so dumb, I can do better than this, and why is it so overpriced, anyway?”

I came to understand Anderson is highly connected and disciplined about his work, relentless in his pursuit of quality. Talking with him was like getting yanked from a stupor.

Mental disorders are often linked with high intelligence and creativity, and can produce great works of art. Artists like Anderson have a gift: they rebuff prevalent artistic conceptions and introduce us to thrilling and revealing interpretations of reality.

“Artists who are good, all they are is incredibly intense people speaking from somewhere painfully, way inside,” Anderson said. “When I think of great artists I think of Dostoyevsky or Beethoven………the cult of Van Gogh is almost overdone now; he was a vibrant person, but I’m more into the Expressionists and Post-Impressionists. Van Gogh is good, but all his works I’ve seen pale in comparison to Vuillard or Bonnard or Braque, Klimt—-those people. They had dynamic minds. And that’s why people like art—because of dynamic, curious minds exploring the world.”

Laughing, Anderson adds that he usually avoids other artists almost completely. Down in Albuquerque he’d take the bus out to the edge of the Sandia Mountains, walk in a couple of miles to his tent, and camp with his dog. That’s when Anderson started making art.

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Trio’s Holiday “Art Friday “

Art is meant to be shared.

That’s the sentiment behind the works plein air artists Jennifer L. Hoffman, Bill Sawczuck and Kathryn Mapes Turner, partners at Trio Fine Art, plan to offer on Art Friday. That day, November 23rd, 10 am – 8 pm, visit Trio and enjoy ” a little bit of artistic respite” from the holiday shopping din and mediocrity! The sale and exhibition offers a collection of small paintings and drawings. Here’s where you can find something very special. In addition to fine art, visitors will enjoy live music and refreshments. These works are on display through January 5, 2013.

“I love smaller works because you have to step in closer to take them in,” says Hoffman. “It’s almost as if the artist is in a dialogue with the viewer. Drawings are special because they are so pure – there’s no color or impasto to hide behind. It’s just the bare bones of my thought process, so personal.”

Turner chimes in. “We include a lot of drawings and for me, drawing is a very expressive medium that can illustrate the artist’s creative thought development. It is a foundational practice that can communicate the artistic process in a dynamic way.”

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Hoffman’s “Natural Intervals”; Big Shots at Brookover

Jennifer L. Hoffman opens her new show of works “Natural Intervals,” at Trio Fine Art on Thursday, August 23rd, with an artist’s reception 5-8:00 pm. Hoffman will give remarks at 6:00 pm.  “Natural Intervals” is on exhibition at Trio August 22 – September 8, 2012.

Nabokov (a Russian novelist) made this wonderful statement that it’s the spaces between the beats of a rhythm that actually create the rhythm; he called it the ‘tender interval,’ ” says Hoffman. “I think that my work dwells in that space, those silent moments between actions, and that feeling inspired the title for this show.”

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Clymer Museum Hosts Kathy Wipfler

"Sun Patch" Oil Kathy Wipfler

This is the first of two posts about Kathy Wipfler’s upcoming solo exhibition and the practices, history and special knowledge inspiring Wipfler’s work.

By her own admission Kathy Wipfler is a solitary sort, and she’s built a solid core of dedicated collectors. Her masterful painting “Lower Falls of the Yellowstone” hangs beside works by Moran and Bierstadt at the BBHC’s Whitney Gallery of Western Art. Recently she hit the road and headed to John Clymer’s hometown of Ellensberg, Washington. There, the John Clymer Museum is mounting a solo show for Wipfler in June, 2013. As no Clymer Museum artists knew Clymer, and Wipfler did, the museum’s curator invited her to do an exhibition. “Art of the West” is doing a piece Wiplfer’s studio for their September/October issue–great timing for the Fall Arts Festival and Wipfler’s fall gallery events in Cody, Wyoming.

“The Clymer has a lot of John’s early work, his illustrations,” says Wipfler. “It has pictures of John’s and many descriptions written in his words–and the words of other artist friends about John. He was a such a gentleman. I visited him in his studio in Teton Village. Nobody ever had anything crummy to say about John. And of course when he lived here, he was on his own. He was not doing his illustrations anymore, he was researching Western history with his wife Doris. I had great respect for what he was doing.”

If she was going to be in a show at John’s museum, then Wipfler should paint the country where he grew up. Wipfler drove out to see it and make studies; the Clymer has given Wipfler a generous 18 months to prepare. The region is beautiful country, marked by its position east of the Cascade Range. The area’s surrounding Kittitas Valley  is known round the world for its prodigious hay production.

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Turner & Trio News; Galleries Add Artists

Kathryn Mapes Turner, landscape painter at large and partner at Trio Fine Art in Jackson Hole, recently sent news regarding her new paintings, hopes and inspirations:

“I have been exploring the creative process by allowing it to reveal itself through the canvas. My work is rooted in my love for the landscape, offered as a humble expression of appreciation for its magnificence. I want to grow ever more aware and attentive to its rhythms. This has made way for a series of storm paintings that are fitting to with the variable weather we are having this season. Now that it is spring, I am spending more time outside painting on location. Here, I experience the resurgence of nature all around me. The result has been bolder brushwork and richer color.”

Trio is also home to painters Jennifer L. Hoffman and Bill Sawczuck. The gallery has announced their summer exhibition schedule:

Bill SawzuckSolo exhibition July 11 – 28, 2012

Kathryn Mapes TurnerAugust 1-18, 2012

Jennifer L. HoffmanAugust 22 – September 8th, 2012


Two Jackson Hole galleries—Diehl Gallery and Astoria Fine Art—have announced adding new artists and acquisitions.

Diehl Gallery welcomes sculptors Natalie Clark and  Kate Hunt, and painter Alexandra Eldridge. Clark will debut new works August 23 – September 6, 2012, and an opening reception takes place Thursday, August 23rd, 5-8:00 pm. Clark is a British-American classically trained artist, designer and educator. As a child, she enjoyed making things and she naturally gravitated toward becoming a 3-D artist. Natalie’s work is a global fusion of modern and ethnographic styles.

“My paintings emerge from a place where contradictions are allowed, paradox reigns and reason is abandoned,” says Eldridge. “My search is for the inherent radiance in all things…the extraordinary in the
ordinary.” Her biography states that Eldridge “has had over 40 solo shows, and has participated in many group shows throughout the U.S. as well as many international exhibitions. She has exhibited in Paris, London, Belgrade, Ljubljana, New York, California, and Santa Fe.”

If you’ve visited Jackson’s Amangani, or WRJ Associates’ new showroom space on King Street, you’re familiar with Kate Hunt’s work. In a past life, she was represented by Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary.  Hunt’s work is object oriented; she uses steel, twine, boat building epoxy, encaustic and stacked newspaper. She has been awarded a Montana Arts Council Award and the Gottlieb Grant.


Astoria welcomes wildlife sculptor Richard Loffler and painter David Yorke. The Autry National Center notes Yorke’s passion has been to “paint the American West—to portray historical Plains Indians, the pioneers, and the landscape of the West. In most cases, Yorke uses props and regalia that he has researched and constructed, and poses models that he finds during his travels and at period reenactments.”

“Through evolution, each animal has carved its own original statement within this vast scheme of rhythm and structure,” says Loffler. “Its spirit and vitality offer a perpetual platform from which to learn. The complex web that nature weaves for us cannot be understood in one artist’s lifetime; it is a forever growing and changing format and one that deserves distinction.”

Additionally, Astoria is offering new aquisitions from private collections. Artists include Albert Bierstadt, Conrad Schweiring, William Acheff and more. www.astoriafineart.com