Paintings by Ray Wolf and Photography by Phil Gruis

Rottenstone Pottery will be showcasing the work of two local artists, and longtime friends, through May and June. New abstract expressionist paintings in acrylic and mixed media by Ray Wolf, a returning featured artist whom we’ve hosted several shows for in the past, will be on display along with the wildlife and landscape photography of Phil Gruis.

“My painting is an engagement of paint and canvas. Intuition is the thing. It’s spontaneous, never calculated.” – Ray Wolf

“I’m a former newspaper editor and writer turned poet who, upon moving to Taos in 2011, suddenly got serious about my lifelong hobby of taking photos.

Over the sprawl of years I’ve pointed ever-better lenses at the wildflowers, tarns and fourteeners around Boulder, Colorado … the deep, wet forests of Washington State … the wild icy splendor around my way-off-the-grid home near Glacier National Park in Montana … and the hulking grizzlies and jagged peaks of the West Kootenay, a Shangri-La in southeastern British Columbia.

Now I stalk the Rio Grande gorge, and the mesas, mountains and other wonders of Northern New Mexico.” – Phil Gruis

Brenden Jemison – Contemporary Abstract Paintings

New contemporary abstract paintings by Brenden Jemison will be on display through March.

Jemison, originally from New York, has lived in Taos for 10 years and counts the endlessly changing beauty of the sky in New Mexico as one of his chief reasons for living in Taos. Trained at the Art Students League in NYC Jemison is highly influenced by the abstract expressionists of the New York school as well as graffiti and street art. Working in acrylic paint on a number of supports, including canvas, Masonite and newspaper, Jemison creates fields of color and movement in drips, splashes and gestural brushwork. The paintings are meant to invoke emotional responses within the viewer based on their association with the colors of the piece, they are subconscious landscapes purposely without figural elements to distract from the pure relation to color and movement.

“The work is about beauty, love, magic and mystery. The colors and movement are meant to allow the viewer to form their own meaning based on their own perspectives.” – Brenden Jemison

Click here to visit Brenden Jemison’s website

Brent Spink – Oil Paintings

A collection of Brent Spink’s oil paintings are on display through November and December. Spink’s works are mostly observations of nature – horses, birds, and landscapes – in energetic colors with abstract and almost dreamlike aspects to them.

“My paintings evolve from a reaction to place. The meditative process within the ‘work’ required to produce a painting leads to the final feeling of the painting. When a timeless, quiet reality results, the painting is complete.

I was raised in the Midwest and have lived all over the country as an adult. If my work did not require a big box of tools and a studio I would move from place to place like a Peregrine falcon.” – Brent Spink

Ray Wolf – New Works in Acrylic and Mixed Media

Ray Wolf’s newest abstract expressionist works in acrylic and mixed media are on display through July and August.

“My work sometimes will reference nature, figures or objects. Emotion, spontaneity and the subconscious are all in play. Not knowing where the painting is coming from works for me… For me it’s not an intellectual process, but a release of emotional possibilities.” – Ray Wolf