Henderson Fine Art Gallery

Aztec Revisited

May 22, 2009 - June 19, 2009

Reception: Friday, May 22 – 6 to 8 p.m.

An array of colorful landscape and figurative oils will be the focus of Ed Samuels’ art show titled “Aztec Revisited,” which will be featured in the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center Gallery, May 22 through June 19. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A well-known artist, who lives in the Jemez Pueblo, Samuels finds that spring inspires the drama of his work. “Each year I paint the arrival of the season with the images of winter/spring storms and their effect on all I see,” he explains. “The energy of change pulls at my vision.”

“Each year I go back and paint old as well as new images,” he continues. “No matter if an old adobe has melted away, or a colt is now a yearling – It’s my sense of slowing down time in my mind’s eye…It’s so exciting to me, and I paint as fast as I am able less I miss the instant of my realization.”

Samuels has commissioned his work to places such as the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, N.Y. and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as celebrities including Cybil Shepherd, Woody Allen and Andy Williams – just to name a few.

A former student of SUNY University in New Paltz, N.Y., Samuels studied under Ilya Bolotowsky, a leading early 20th-century Russian/American artist. Bolotowsky’s work embraced cubism and geometric abstraction and was greatly influenced by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. Samuels also served as a studio assistant to Bolotowsky in New York from 1977 to 1981.

The Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on weekends.
For further information about this exhibit or other Gallery events, contact Cindy McNealy at 566-3464.