Colorado artists showcase painting and sculpture inspired by their bond with the natural world
Sorrel Sky opens the two-man show, Deep Into Nature: New Work by Jim Bagley & Gerald Balciar, on November 6 at the downtown Santa Fe gallery. The artists will be present at a reception from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Deep Into Nature features the majestic landscape paintings of remote places by Jim Bagley and bronze figurative sculptures of animals by Gerald Balciar. Each artist’s work is inspired by his life-long, abiding and intimate connection with the natural world.
Jim Bagley is ever alert to the awe-inspiring colors and forms of the dramatic interactions between land and sky in the West. He travels on foot to places most others drive around, fly over or otherwise ignore, to locate and document in paint the splendor of undiscovered and undeveloped areas to keep them from being unvalued.
Gerald Balciar is interested in portraying a mood or feeling in his sculptures rather than creating exact replicas of his subject. When creating a sculpture, Balciar’s deep understanding of an animal’s life and world, gained through his exhaustive study of its behavior & habitat, enables him to create a work that is full of life, true to life and a portrait of the essence of the animal.
Sorrel Sky Gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells finds a kinship in these two artists’ work, offering, “Jim & Gerald each possess great passion for and experience with the natural world, and when coupled with their well-developed skills and talents, their work reminds us of the beauty, uniqueness and power of nature that surrounds us in the West.”
Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 75 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck, and Ben Nighthorse, among others.