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Landscape detail by Danny Rose
An abstract landscape featuring soft green, beige and pink

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July 09, 2020

#StudioInPlace: Back to the Land

Danny Rose III on five artists exploring landscape
By Danny Rose III, Studio-in-Place artist
A person wearing overalls poses for a photo in an art studio
Danny Joe Rose III will craft otherworldly landscapes from photographs submitted by the public for his July Studio-in-Place project.

The landscape has long been an inspiration for me and countless other artists. From the rolling hills of Richard Mayhew to the imagined worlds of Etel Adnan, there is a rich tradition of artists whose work expresses longing to connect with nature. For my Studio-in-Place project, I'll be working with photos submitted by the public to craft invented worlds. The goal is to find things in life that bring us joy during these difficult times. As you get ready to follow along throughout the month of July, here are five artists whose work is inspiring me right now.

David Hockney
A vibrant digital painting depicting colorful trees and mountains
Untitled No. 6 from the Yosemite Suite (2010) by David Hockney

David Hockney’s landscapes are like a dream: a wild and colorful dream. I’m especially drawn to his digital work. Around 2009, he began experimenting with using his iPhone and iPad to make art. He continues to experiment with varying technologies in his practice today.

Katherine Bradford
A playful painting depicting a spaceship and figures in red bikinis
Space Ship Over Bikinis (2017)

I’m a new fan of Katherine Bradford’s and can’t get enough of her lush paintings. Her worlds of swimmers and superheroes have a lulling effect on the mind. You can’t look at a Bradford without leaving your body, even if only momentarily.

Richard Mayhew
A moody, abstract landscape featuring dark yellows, reds and blues
Interlude Series (2002) by Richard Mayhew

Best known for his colorful and evolving landscapes, Richard Mayhew is a force of nature. His abstract paintings document his travels through the U.S. countryside and explore themes of African American identity and jazz music.

Matthew Wong
A peaceful nighttime landscape featuring stars, moon and a small tree without leaves
Winter Nocturne (2017) by Matthew Wong

Matthew Wong’s mystical depictions of forests and snow-covered fields offer us a moment to slow down and really look. His paintings reveal themselves slowly, telling more stories as they come into focus.

Etel Adnan
An abstract landscape composed of five swaths of color: light blue, darker blue, soft pink, olive green and yellow
Untitled (2010) by Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan is the queen of imaginary landscapes. Her pictures are imbued with memory and feeling. Etel is also a novelist and poet, speaking out against injustices in the world. Getting lost in her pictures is a welcomed experience.

Danny Joe Rose III is an artist and educator living in Oklahoma City, best known for his shapeshifting paintings and minimalist collages. His work is inspired by colors and forms found in nature, specifically landscapes and memories from his travels.

He holds a BFA from the Art Institute of Dallas, and his work has been included in both national and international group exhibitions. Danny has had solo exhibitions at Jen Mauldin Gallery, Artspace at Untitled, The Charles W Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Galleri Urbane and others. Danny has been a visiting educator at Oklahoma City University, Chandra Kumala International School and Art Class Dallas, and he will soon join the Oklahoma Contemporary as a Studio School instructor. He has been an Artist-In-Residence at Artspace at Untitled, the Guapamacátaro Center for Art and Ecology, the Moon Mansion Dallas, the Paseo Plunge and Oklahoma City University. Danny is represented by Objets Trouvé gallery in Oklahoma City.

Editor's note: To read more about Oklahoma Contemporary's Studio-in-Place initiative at TheOklahoman.com, click here.
David Hockney. Untitled No. 6 from the Yosemite Suite, 2010. iPad drawing in colors, printed on wove paper with full margins. 37 × 28 inches. Edition 11/25

Katherine Bradford. Space Ship Over Bikinis, 2017. Acrylic on canvas. 20 × 16 inches.

Richard Mayhew. Interlude Series, 2002. Watercolor on wove paper. 11 x 15 inches.

Matthew Wong. Winter Nocturne, 2017. Oil on canvas. 48 x 60 inches.

Etel Adnan. Untitled, 2010. Oil on canvas. 9 x 12 inches.

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