Dale  Latta
Dale Latta - photo courtesy of artist

Dale Latta

Aztec, NM (born in Kansas) USA


Latta bases his paintings on photographs of anonymous subjects conducting their daily lives against the onslaught of modern culture. He alters each photo on the computer, then transfers the image to canvas using a grid. The painting begins with a thin layer of acrylic to establish the color. The work is finished with thick, loosely applied oil in saturated hues. The images appear photographic from a distance, but upon closer inspection break up into brushstrokes and color. This process gives equal weight to all elements in the composition, which yields an interesting tension between the surface and subject matter. Latta says, “I derive meaning from the chaos and alienation of contemporary existence by distilling this experience into iconic imagery.” His influences come from a range of modern and post-modern painters including Edward Hopper, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, and Chuck Close.

Education

Encouraged by his talented mother, he began drawing at an early age. 1977 - BFA Emporia State University; 1977 - 1978 - graduate work as a teaching assistant, Fort Hays State University; returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in special education; 1990 - acquired a certification in Art Education.

Teaching Affiliations:

He began teaching in 1983. Latta is currently the art instructor at Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, New Mexico.

Community Involvement / Other Accomplishments

He was a founding member of the High Desert Art Association, an artists’ cooperative in the Four Corners area, associated with the A. Teasyatwho Gallery.

Artist Exhibits

Juried:
2003 - The Show, New Mexico Museum of Art Juried Regional Survey Exhibit, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM. Other national juried shows include Artists’ Alpine Holiday in Ouray, Colorado, and the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council at Gateway Museum in Farmington, New Mexico.

Invitational:
2004 - Transient Icons, Fine Arts Committee Artists Invitational show, San Juan College, Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery, Farmington, NM; 2003 - Time Fragments, Fine Arts Committee Artists Invitational show, San Juan College, Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery, Farmington, NM.

Individual:
2009 - Downtown Art Walk, Solo Exhibit, Andrea Kristina's Bookstore & Kafe, Farmington, NM. He also has had solo exhibits at A. Teasyatwho Gallery, Aztec, New Mexico, the Martin Roll Gallery in Durango, Colorado, and Deines Cultural Center in Russell, Kansas.

Group:
2009 - ArtShow, two-man show with Liz Stannard, San Juan College, Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery, Farmington,NM; 2004 - Men of the Four Corners 2004 Fine Arts Exhibit, The Farmington Civic Center, Farmington, NM.

Biographical Resources

http://www.sjc.cc.nm.us/pages/1966.asp; http://www.sjc.cc.nm.us/pages/1536.asp

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