With all the elements of the quintessential art town, from a vibrant community of visual artists and art lovers, musicians and filmmakers, to jaw-dropping natural beauty around every corner, Park City is destined to remain a thriving showcase for the arts. Th is season, take a look at a small sampling of the nationally and internationally renowned artists our local galleries have to off er. Each one of these successful galleries continues to add artists demonstrating new and compelling approaches to a stunning variety of artistic styles.
INSPIRED BY a collection of vintage photographs collected and curated for over 30 years.
Murphy explains, “The figures in my paintings exist in situations—or as objects—in which I hope the viewer will find a little of themselves.”
LOVED FOR “her incredible ability to feature alluring scenes from a shared history, recreated with a contemporary luster,” describes Gallery Owner Maren Bargreen Mullin. These paintings build both a mystical and wistful experience, while feeling hypnotically soothing.
“Many layers of paint reveal the history of the canvas and create a space that serves to isolate the form of each figure,” shares Murphy. “My subjects have been disconnected from their original context and are recreated as icons for the viewer’s personal connection. Each viewer brings with them their own specific history, so a single image can mean different things to different people.”
INSPIRED BY “the passion of wine.”
As a collector of both art and wine, he captures the pleasure of a life well lived on each canvas.
LOVED FOR his big and bold artistic style that combines just the right amount of rich detail and enchanting soft ness to create a captivating sense of balance.
“Wine is a great subject for art because people are familiar with it; they really connect to it,” explains Gallery Owner Traci Prothro. “His paintings are truly the landscapes between people sharing wine. He has a unique way of visualizing and chronicling an entire scene beyond the frame.” Many influential wineries are drawn to collect Arvids because of the way he translates the charmed craftsmanship of wine to a canvas. According to Arvid, “Life without art is like dinner without wine.”
INSPIRED BY “how our landscapes interweave with our daily personal narratives, and how the past is always nudging the present.”
LOVED FOR her unique and imaginative wildlife imagery. She possesses a rare ability to make innovative creative leaps across ordinary objects and boundaries.
Several days a week she goes to the foothills just above Springville, Utah for her morning run and inspiration. Th ere the Lake Bonneville Shoreline Trail marks where a vast pluvial lake once covered parts of three states. She explains, “Now I look down on a network of tiny neighborhoods, roads, animals and people. Rabbits, deer and magpies shelter under an expansive sky. My paintings are dreams writ large, ruminations on what it means to be alive in the New West.”
INSPIRED BY an affection for color and engaging expressionism.
Enchanting and whimsical cityscapes highlight her command of bright colors and pointillism.
LOVED FOR “her unique ability to showcase the joy and beauty of the world with unfiltered naivety.” Her collectors oft en express an entrancing desire to step into the romantic settings she so gracefully portrays in oils.
Born in Alcoy, Spain, Berenguer experienced the joy of painting at a young age in the studio of her father, a great artist himself. Her first job was in the design office of a textile company where she painted fabrics by hand. She later became established on her own as she experimented with different paints and textures on canvas, receiving solo exhibitions at the Casa de la Cultura as well as the Llotja de Sant Jordi with rave reviews.
INSPIRED BY how people relate to the physical space around them.
LOVED FOR his monumental steel sculptures exploring minimalism. As one of the preeminent modern sculptors of the 20th century, his work has been featured around the country and world, from the Museum of Modern Art to the Guggenheim, the Galleria La Salita in Rome to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Th e Netherlands, and beyond.
This summer, the Kimball Art Center will feature the exhibit, Richard Serra: Prints, highlighting a rare fresh look at Serra and the way he has explored the complex relationship between his large-scale sculptures, the body, and surrounding space over his long and successful career using the medium of printmaking.
INSPIRED BY the inherent, though oft en unnoticed beauty of the world surrounding him on a daily basis.
He explains, “Most of the subjects that I am drawn to are older, damaged, broken down and abandoned buildings or objects. It is very interesting and challenging to create paintings that make the viewer question what can make an aesthetically pleasing painting.”
LOVED FOR the raw emotion expressed in his urban subject matter as well as its realistic quality and devotion to detail.
Randle uses a traditional indirect painting method, starting with one color to create the composition, and then building up layers of luminous color to create the painting. Th is reflective method allows the paint to mystically represent the layers of decay or history in the subject of the painting.
INSPIRED BY the mysteries revealed in the early morning and late evening light.
“As I traveled I became aware that there was one thing that seemed the same no matter where I was,” said Ragland. “Sleepy small villages, waterways, harbors with boats, mountains or ancient ruins, there were diff erences depending on location, but all were still very much alike…twinkling lights in a silhouetted colorless landscape.” Each of these landcapes unwrap a quiet and peaceful beauty he eloquently captures in his paintings.
LOVED FOR his passionate collection of contemporary wildlife paintings, but also his amazing new abstract landscapes.
Ragland describes his new pieces, “These paintings take liberties by pushing color, almost at first glance to black and white. Upon further investigation, you will find lots of colors that make up the whites, along with textures of thick and thin paint. Th e compositions are sweeping and full of movement, yet still possessing the calm feeling of the moment.”
INSPIRED BY the freedom of painting.
He explains, “For me, painting is as natural as breathing—it’s a freeing experience that brings me great joy, but also allows me to express what’s going on inside. And I think the surfaces I create reflect that inner state—multi-dimensional, filled with beautiful color and what I think of as a sensuous texture.”
LOVED FOR vibrant paintings that capture the spirit and honesty of each subject in energizing, luminous color.
“In my wildlife paintings, these creatures have an intensity that can only come with being fully present in each moment, and in the depth of their gaze you have a window to their soul. Th is is why many of my wildlife paintings are looking directly at the viewer—to capture that depth, that majesty, that wisdom, which creates a powerful connection with the viewer.”
For an excellent opportunity to see all of these fascinating artists, along with many more, the Park City Gallery Association hosts monthly gallery strolls. From 6-9 pm on the last Friday of each month, members of the Park City Gallery Association off er a unique showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits and art events. Th ey even provide light refreshments along the way. For more information and the most current schedule, please visit parkcitygalleryassociation.com.