“Horses,” often considered man’s most revered and fascinating animal partner, painted by four noted artists from Oklahoma, will be featured in July at JRB Art at The Elms Gallery, 2810 N Walker. The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 10 tonight during the First Friday Gallery Walk in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District.
The exhibit will be on view through July 28, according to a news release.
Joe Andoe, Jean Richardson, Jennifer Hustis and Brent Learned are widely known for their ability to capture our imagination and hearts with their distinctly different representations of the animal that is said to have done more to change human history than any other domestic animal. For centuries, this multitalented beast of burden has carried generals into battle, forged the trail of many westward expansions, wrangled for cowboys and raced for jockeys.
Joe Andoe was born into a farming family in Tulsa. He earned his MFA from the University of Oklahoma and has lived and worked in New York since 1985. He is admired for his minimal landscapes and idealized depictions of horses, dogs, deer, buffalo, wolves and flowers. His simple and elegant images of the horse still refer to his roots in the Great Plains. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and the St. Louis Museum of Art.
Jennifer Cocoma Hustis graduated with a MFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute in New York, received a BFA in Painting from the University of Oklahoma and has studied at the Royal College of Art in London. Jennifer began riding horses as a young girl and for the past decade has focused on horse therapy and the art of horse whispering. Jennifer is the founder of Art of Horsemanship, LLC, an organization that promotes a safe, holistic and creative way to approach horsemanship and provides art lessons for students of all ages.
Brent Learned is an award-winning Native American artist. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe of Oklahoma, Brent has a BFA from the University of Kansas. His paintings and sculptures reflect his appreciation of the culture of the Plains Indians. Brent’s work is included in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the University of Kansas Art Museum in Lawrence, Kansas, and in the Governor’s Mansion in Oklahoma City.
Jean Richardson, an Oklahoma native, has had a lifelong interest in western mythology and feels a deep connection to the frontier west. The iconic image she focuses on is the horse, which she paints in the abstract using splashes of acrylics in both jewel tones and earthen hues. Both of Richardson’s parents grew up in ranching families, and she has been around horses all her life. Artistically, she is most interested in them as a “metaphor for the human spirit—unbridled, striving, sometimes heroic, often restless, full of energy, floating above us, calling us to other realms.” Jean’s work is included in many private and public collections. She has participated in the Art in Embassies Program, where the works of living American artists are placed in the United States Embassies around the world.
For more information, go to www.jrbartgallery.com.