By Tammy Christel - Jackson Hole Art Blog
Altamira Fine Art is Jackson's top gallery destination for Western Contemporary Art. Altamira is located at the north end of Center Street, in Jackson, Wyoming.
"Twenty-First Century," a show of new works by the great American Expressionist John Nieto opens at Altamira Fine Art, in Jackson, Wyoming on June 28th. The show runs through July 11th, and an artist's reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, June 29th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. The show remains on exhibit through July 11, 2012.
With each year, Nieto's painterly energy seems to be on the ascent. This show highlights Nieto's plunging into new geometric composition, pushing an already vibrant new use of sweeping paints across the canvas, and creating sublime images of spirit archers and dancers. Some of his works are almost graffiti-like, and Nieto uses positive and negative spaces in new ways. Half Hispanic, half Native American, Nieto's art continues to explore his heritage.
"Archer for the 21st Century" depicts an Indian's silhouette--he faces away from us, bow and arrow raised straight up to the sky. The figure, set against a deep purple color field resembles a cut-out form, filled in with streaking, swirling color. In "Plains Archer" and "The Last Arrow," Nieto's square fields of color channel Paul Klee The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s description of his "simple stick figures, suspended fish, moon faces, eyes, arrow and quilts of color, which he orchestrated into fantastic and childlike, yet deeply meditative works" could be applied to Nieto.