Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.
San JuanCollege’s Fine Arts Committee will feature Bill Hatch in its annual Artist Invitational Show to be held in the ArtGallery of the Henderson Fine Arts Center, from September 18 through October 11. A reception to meet the artist will be held September 16, from to
Bill Hatch says, “I’m a mix of Navajo and European heritage and have been adopted into the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.” He likes to work exclusively with Navajo and Sioux content, both still life and figurative, in a representational manner that could be classified as contemporary neoclassic.
Growing up at his father’s trading post near Fruitland was like constantly being surrounded by an art gallery or museum, and Hatch became aware of the great variety of Indian art. During a six-week visit to Europe in 1973, his eyes were opened by the works of the Great Masters. Hatch wanted to learn to paint like them and says that Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens, Ingres and Mane have all had a strong impact on him. “The gift that is apparent in my painting is a result of my profound spiritual insight tempered by a serious study of the European old masters.”
Bill Hatch is trained and competent in the use of all types of paint, but oil is his chosen medium. He is fascinated with the endless methods and versatility of oil paint, even saying that, “Oil is to me like the horse was to the American Indian – it literally revolutionized painting for me.”
Hatch earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from BrighamYoungUniversity. Since college he has continued to grow in knowledge and skill, crediting association with other professional artists as helping him to progress. His lifelong goal is to “learn the art of painting.” Hatch is associate professor of art at San Juan College.
Art Gallery hours are , Monday through Thursday, and , Friday.
For more information call (505) 566-3464.
Fine Art Gallery: located in the Henderson Fine Arts Building, across from the box office.Student Gallery: located at the top of the stairs in the new West Classroom Complex.
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