Ventana Gallery Artists Featured
Ten 3 is proud to feature five talented artists with works from the Ventana Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
Angus Wilson was born and raised in Scotland and has lived in numerous cities throughout Britain. He has worked as a professional artist his entire career, however his work has been varied and few would say his path to a fine art career was by a traditional route. His work is reminiscent of many post-impressionists, such as Matisse and Cezanne, yet there’s a contemporary underpinning that gives his work a powerful kick of originality justifying his ever growing success and loyal following.
In 2007 Angus relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, he works mainly in oil and acrylic. He has and continues to be involved in numerous shows, displaying work internationally. His work is collected and held by museums, corporations and collectors worldwide.
Frank Balaam was born after World War II in the United Kingdom, and attended Blackpool and Edinburgh Colleges of Fine Art. For the past 50 years he has painted and traveled in Europe, Africa, the Cook Islands, and the United States. He currently lives with his wife Nora in a small mountain town in eastern Arizona. He has had a lifetime full of painting portraits, murals, landscapes and figurative works culminated into creative forests that radiate with energy and passion for life.
John Axton was born in Princeton, Indiana in 1947 and first traveled to New Mexico in 1979 where he was inspired by the landscape and historical culture that he became a full-time painter. This fascination with the American Southwest is apparent in his sparse, yet haunting landscapes. His minimalist treatment of his subjects approaches abstraction, drawing viewers into the canvas as he engages their imaginations. John has exhibited in several group museum shows including the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, New York, the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, the McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX, and the Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, PA. His work is in the permanent collections of the Pratt Museum in New York and The Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM.
My paintings are made in response to things I see in the natural world. They capture a place at a particular time. And they capture a moment in my sensibility. My overriding goal as a painter is to create a work, an artifact if you will, that resonates with the spirit of the landscape that inspired me to begin painting.
Once the painting begins, my most important job is to keep my intellect out of the way and let the painting happen. Since I’m not concerned with making a literal rendition of the scene but rather an accurate record of what I sensed when looking a the landscape, my decision making process is necessarily different than that of most artists. In the best of times the painting almost paints itself.
Rebecca Tobey developed an affinity for animals and nature at a young age. During the summers spent at a cottage at Watts Bar Lake, she and her brother and sister would spend hours outdoors, playing and hiking. During September 1975, Rebecca visited Santa Fe, New Mexico to attend Fiesta. She felt an instant connection to the city, saying, “It was as if I had finally ‘come home.’”
Rebecca’s sculptures have been commissioned for public and private collections in the United States and internationally. Among her most popular work is the six-foot-tall bronze grizzly bear named Pathfinder.