Beau Carey

"Denali Down the Park Road, March 26" (Oil on paper)
"Denali Down the Park Road, March 26" (Oil on paper)

Denali Down the Park Road, March 26

My winter artist in residence marked my first trip to Alaska and Denali National Park. To say that I had good weather for Alaska in March would be an understatement. I had clear crisp days for the majority of my stay and the mountain, as I imagine it does for most first time visitors, held a certain sway over my attention. Denali itself is a subject of mythic proportions that can only be described as daunting. Not to paint it when I had been given such a gift in the weather seemed not possible. The works completed during my stay and at my workshop were done plein air and on prepared paper. With my donated piece it only felt appropriate to use paper as well mirroring my actual experience better than a large canvas studio work. The painting’s perspective is also significant; as a winter resident the park road is only open to Mile 12 and this vantage represents the best view from the day I went on foot down the Park Road.

— Beau Carey, 2014

Beau Carey
Beau Carey, of Albuquerque, NM, received an MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2010 and has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. He was a two-year resident artist at RedLine Denver and is co-founder of Denver's Tank Studios. Carey's paintings reflect a contemplative stance on place and its cultural implications. Vast surroundings, environments, and situations are conveyed in his landscape-based works through formalized compositions that focus on fundamental elements, sometimes reduced to the point of vertical or horizontal bands of color as reference to environmental components. Other times his work becomes fully representational pieces that examine the historical complexities found in individual sites. Visit his website.
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