Homage to Joseph Henry Sharp: Blue Rain Gallery Artists Paint Tribute to the Famed American Painter and Founder of the Taos Society of Artists

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The second from a series of themed exhibitions drawing on the talent of celebrated Blue Rain Gallery painters. Each Artist has been tasked with identifying and reinterpreting a masterwork by Joseph Henry Sharp (1859 - 1953). Each artist will draw on the strength of Sharp's original painting, while making the piece current and infusing it with their own unique style.

Jim Vogel, Matching the Color of the Sangre de Christo (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled "The Old Santos Mender"), oil on canvas panel, 32"h x 24"w

The Taos Society of Artists has captivated many art enthusiasts and collectors over the years. It created an allure that put Taos, New Mexico on the map, both nationally and internationally, as an important art destination.

Blue Rain Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming group exhibition titled Taos Six Collection: An Homage to Joseph Henry Sharp. This show of new works is scheduled to take place April 30 – May 22, 2021 with an opening night reception on Friday, April 30th from 5 – 7pm.

In this special themed exhibition, celebrated Blue Rain Gallery artists paint tribute to the famed founding member of the notable Taos Society of Artists, Joseph Henry Sharp (1859 – 1953). Painters such as Dennis Ziemienski, Brad Overton, Matthew Sievers, Erin Currier, Deladier Almeida and Rimi Yang—to name just a few—will each select an original composition painted by Joseph Henry Sharp during his career, and they will pay tribute to the masterwork through their own adaptation and reinterpretation of the original composition.

Joseph Henry Sharp established a foundation and high bar of excellence in New Mexico with his western narrative paintings/ethnological portraiture. Sharp was best known for his portraits of Native peoples, most commonly depicting both Taos Pueblo Indians and Plains Indians. He was fascinated with the cultures he portrayed, regularly depicting his subjects with humanity. Sharp also painted landscapes and still lifes during his career. He was a dedicated artist, always chasing opportunities, and never seemed to turn down an exhibition—no matter how ambitious it may have been. In 1904 he launched an exhibition of 100 paintings in Los Angeles. In 1915 he formed the Taos Society of Artists with fellow founding members Oscar E. Berninghaus, E. Irving Couse, W. Herbert Dunton, Ernest L. Blumenschein, and Bert Geer Phillips. The group disbanded in 1927, but during their twelve-year existence, they encouraged each other, challenged each other, and sought to find a national stage for the kind of western painting they had developed.

This exhibition is the second in a series of six scheduled theme exhibitions that cast a spotlight on the pioneering members of the Taos Society of Artists. We present Taos Six Collection: An Homage to Joseph Henry Sharp a year after the debut exhibition of Homage to Oscar E. Berninghaus. We look forward to scheduled future exhibitions that continue the Taos Six Collection theme: An Homage to E. Irving Couse in 2022, An Homage to W. Herbert Dunton in 2023, An Homage to Ernest L. Blumenschein in 2024, and An Homage to Bert Geer Phillips in 2025. The Taos Society of Artists has captivated many art enthusiasts and collectors over the years. It created an allure that put Taos, New Mexico on the map, both nationally and internationally, as an important art destination. As gallerists that have enjoyed the vitality of the art market in Northern New Mexico for nearly 28 years, we of course feel a certain reverence toward the legacy of the Taos founding painters.

Taos Six Collection: An Homage to Joseph Henry Sharp gives collectors and art enthusiasts alike an opportunity to simultaneously celebrate the past and present. Do not miss a chance to experience this exciting showing at Blue Rain Gallery!

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About Blue Rain Gallery
Blue Rain Gallery represents established artists of diverse backgrounds working in a variety of mediums. The gallery exhibits an inspiring collection of Contemporary, Western Heritage, and Native American Art. The collection is comprised of paintings—glass, bronze, and ceramic sculpture—pottery and jewelry. Blue Rain Gallery is located in the Railyard Arts District at 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Phone 505.954.9902. For more information visit the Blue Rain Gallery website, http://www.blueraingallery.com.

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Z. Z. Wei, Sunlight, Catching the Last Rays of (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled “Firelight”), oil on canvas, 30”h x 24”wZ. Z. Wei, Sunlight, Catching the Last Rays of (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled “Firelight”), oil on canvas, 30”h x 24”wPainter Z. Z. Wei deftly weaves compositional elements of Joseph Henry Sharp's 1913 painting titled "Firelight" into his contemporary interpretation of this masterwork.Sean Diediker, Fireside (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled “Daylight Firelight”), oil on canvas, 30”h x 22.5”wSean Diediker, Fireside (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled “Daylight Firelight”), oil on canvas, 30”h x 22.5”wPainter Sean Diediker seeks to capture the essence of firelight, particularly where the source is unseen, as was a common and admirable accomplishment by Joseph Henry Sharp in many of his original paintings.Rimi Yang, Young Chief’s Day Dream (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled “Chief Spotted Elk Sioux"), oil on canvas, 24"h x 20"wRimi Yang, Young Chief’s Day Dream (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled “Chief Spotted Elk Sioux"), oil on canvas, 24"h x 20"wPainter Rimi Yang creates a bold and vibrant reintreptation of a portrait by Joseph Henry Sharp.Matthew Sievers, Ode to Sharp Sharp (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled “Blackfoot Girl”), oil on canvas, 24”h x 24”wMatthew Sievers, Ode to Sharp Sharp (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled “Blackfoot Girl”), oil on canvas, 24”h x 24”wArtist Matthew Sievers pays tribute to a turn-of-the-century portrait by Joseph Henry Sharp in this contemporary adaptation.Kathryn Stedham, Twilight Stoic (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled "The Stoic"), oil on Belgian linen, 27"h x 31"wKathryn Stedham, Twilight Stoic (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled "The Stoic"), oil on Belgian linen, 27"h x 31"wPainter Kathryn Stedham paints tribute to Joseph Henry Sharp's 1914 masterwork titled "The Stoic."Erin Currier, Portrait of Joseph Henry Sharp, acrylic and mixed media on panel, 24"h x 18"wErin Currier, Portrait of Joseph Henry Sharp, acrylic and mixed media on panel, 24"h x 18"wMixed media artist Erin Currier pays tribute to Joseph Henry Sharp with this portrait inspired by a compilation of photographs and a self portait of the artist.Doug West, Untitled (painting of Joseph Henry Sharp and Taos Mountain), oil on canvas, 30"h x 24"wDoug West, Untitled (painting of Joseph Henry Sharp and Taos Mountain), oil on canvas, 30"h x 24"wArtist Doug West has playfully inserted a portrait of Joseph Henry Sharp into a landscape that is clearly a fusion of highly modern and graphic portrayals of the Southwest landscape and a Plains tribal scene influenced by one of Sharp's masterworks.Dennis Ziemienski--Dappled Autumn Light (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled “Untitled (New Mexico Portrait)", oil on canvas, Image: 20” h x 24”w Framed: 23”h x 27”wDennis Ziemienski--Dappled Autumn Light (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled “Untitled (New Mexico Portrait)", oil on canvas, Image: 20” h x 24”w Framed: 23”h x 27”wPainter Dennis Ziemienski honors Taos Society of Artists Founder, Joseph Henry Sharp with this interpretation of one of Sharp's masterworks.Matching the Color of the Sangre de Christo (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled "The Old Santos Mender")Matching the Color of the Sangre de Christo (after Joseph Henry Sharp painting titled "The Old Santos Mender")Oil on canvas panel, 32"h x 24"w