GREGORY BOTTS
Selections from the Madrid Group
July 15 - August 24, 2014
Opening artist reception: Friday, July 25th 5:00 - 7:00 PM

GREGORY BOTTS

These contemporary landscapes by Gregory Botts were painted in Madrid, New Mexico. Botts combined figuration with geometry, plein air with studio painting and site-specific locations with memory to create his abstractions. His approach and palette are fresh and reductive with bold brush strokes and a range of vertical as well as horizontal views. His fragmenting of the plein air paintings and reassembling them with elements from other paintings and memory engage the viewer with his constructed narratives and viewpoints.

David Richard Gallery is pleased to represent Gregory Botts.

At first glance, Gregory Botts’ paintings are as straight forward as they seem, contemporary and reductive landscapes. However, on closer examination they are much more complex with many layers of imagery, painting and meaning, shifting more to abstraction and bordering on conceptual. How can that be? Botts is fascinated with the passage of time, both on a micro scale—the duration of time when creating his plein air paintings with the ever changing clouds, moving water and shifting sun that changes the light, shadows and color palette—and macro scale—shifts in art tendencies and genre, the poetics of art and popular culture and changes in the environment. Yet he captures all of this passage of time and more in his paintings as he creates narratives illustrating the impact of these changes. For Botts, “the reality of the present is informed by the romantic past and the projected idealistic future”. Painting with Fairfield Porter and Paul Georges on Long Island, NY, he honed his formal skills from the masters. However, Botts was very much influenced by his contemporary colleagues in New York and the ever-changing world of Post-Modern art. Botts conflates all of it into his unique approach to landscape painting in a very modern and contemporary world. His plein air paintings capture the essence of the landscape, while the studio paintings introduce his memory and interpretation. The pinnacle of this work is the constructions, the paintings of paintings that have been juxtaposed in the studio in various orientations with the many overlapping fragments combined together. The constructions are the narratives that bring together the passage of time on a micro and macro scale as well as the artist’s romantic and poetic notions and formal elements from art historical positions and cultural fashion, all of which impact our view and interpretation of the landscape.

Gregory Botts divides his painting practice between New York City and Northern New Mexico. He studied at the School of Visual Arts, NYC and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Since 1982 Botts has had more than 30 solo exhibitions and his paintings included in numerous group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, Roswell and Atlanta among other cities. His exhibitions have been reviewed in Art In America, ARTnews, Artsmagazine, Art International, Village Voice and the Los Angeles Times. Botts’ artwork is included in many private collections and the permanent collections of the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, San Antonio Museum of Art, TX, Denver Art Museum, CO, La Jolla Museum of Art, CA, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA and Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, HI, among others.

Blue Hills Fragmented _4 Gregory Botts
Blue Hills Fragmented #4
Oil and acrylic on canvas
2001
24 x 24 inches
 
Yellow Sky Fragments _2 Gregory Botts
Yellow Sky Fragments #2
Oil and acrylic on canvas
2001
24 x 24 inches
 
Yellow Sky Fragments _1 Gregory Botts
Yellow Sky Fragments #1
Oil and acrylic on canvas
2001
24 x 24 inches
 
Blue Hills Fragmented _3 Gregory Botts
Blue Hills Fragmented #3
Oil and acrylic on canvas
2001
24 x 24 inches
 
Western Sky _4 Gregory Botts
Western Sky #4
Oil on canvas
2000
91 x 57 inches
 
Western Sunflowers in Yellow Sky Gregory Botts
Western Sunflowers in Yellow Sky
Oil on canvas
2001
34.5 x 96 inches
 
Jemez Mountains Blue in Afternoon Light Gregory Botts
Jemez Mountains Blue in Afternoon Light
Oil on canvas
2001
34.5 x 96.25 inches
 
Madrid_ Night Studio _5 Gregory Botts
Madrid, Night Studio #5
Oil on canvas
2004-06
91 x 67 inches
 
Madrid_ Night Studio _2 and _3 Gregory Botts
Madrid, Night Studio #2 and #3
Oil on canvas
2004-06
91.5 x 134.5 inches
 
Madrid Night Square _4 Gregory Botts
Madrid Night Square #4
Oil on canvas
2004-14
48 x 48 inches
 
Madrid Night Square _2 Gregory Botts
Madrid Night Square #2
Oil on canvas
2004-14
48 x 48 inches
 
Madrid Night Square _1 Gregory Botts
Madrid Night Square #1
Oil on canvas
2004-14
48 x 48 inches
 
Madrid Crop _3 Gregory Botts
Madrid Crop #3
Oil on canvas
2006
48.25 x 34.25 inches
 
Blue Remembered Hill _6 Gregory Botts
Blue Remembered Hill #6
Oil and acrylic on canvas
2001
84 x 56 inches
 
Madrid_ Night Studio_ All One_ falling_ _1 Gregory Botts
Madrid, Night Studio, All One, falling, #1
Oil on canvas
2004-06
115 x 73 3/8 inches
 

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