Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
About Joseph M. Hutchinson
Recently, my work has evolved to include natural forms in combination with abstract techniques. I have not abandoned pure abstraction for figurative painting but chose to challenge myself with different obstacles and problems. Both styles are a personal synthesis of my own decisions, attitudes and processes within a particular moment in time.
The recent figurative paintings, like the abstract paintings, are best interpreted through design and a spontaneous give-and–take process of chance, invention, memory, and materials.
The compositions are not -- they remain remarkably the same formula but I try to keep myself off balance by recognizing the moment when something miraculous happens on the canvas. In my recent “interiors” and "still life" paintings, just as in my abstracts, I work hard to make sure that nothing in my work is too carefully solidified. I use a counterpoint -- rough up the edges, distort perspective and mess up the geometry -- a nod to nature. Over-painting and glazing give an atmospheric quality. Like Cezanne and Diebenkom, I try to generate small feelings – little moments of beauty and sensation that occur when sight and memory filter through my mind, then onto the canvas. I hope others can share that in my paintings.
Joe Hutchinson has exhibited his paintings in approximately a hundred major shows and has won numerous awards, including purchase prizes at the Denver Art Museum and the Vance Kirkland Museum of Art, also in Denver. The first painting he entered in a national juried exhibition took an award and launched him as a professional artist. His work is in many private and corporate collections in the U.S., and in Australia, Italy, England, Germany, and France. He has also created murals, fountains and mosaic designs for banks, schools and corporations.
Joe’s art started as a young boy growing up on a Colorado ranch. He enlisted in the Marine Corps during the latter part of the Korean War and was honorably discharged during the early Cold War. He returned to the University of Denver and earned a BFA in Painting under the G.I. Bill, and later, a Master of Arts in Art History with emphasis in Modern and American Art and Architecture.
His forty-five year teaching career in the visual arts and in architecture and he taught and directed college art programs in Colorado, Kansas and Texas. Joe retired professor emeritus from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University in 2005.
During his 31 years at the university, he also taught art and architecture history courses and studio art classes in Italy, England and France. Following retirement in 2005, Joe moved to Santa Fe and has exhibited his paintings in thirteen southwestern exhibitions. He has shown his oils in three Santa Fe galleries and had solo exhibitions at The William and Joseph Gallery and at the Ledger Gallery in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Joe works with the time-honored process of oil paint on canvas.
He says, “Currently, I am abstracting Southwestern landscapes and exploring still life and figurative motifs. Usually, a hint of tectonic forms will emerge to express compositional structure reflecting my background in architecture and teaching in Italy for seven years. If I do it right, I can convey another form of truth.”
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