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A Return to the Desert, Celebrating the First 25 Years, A retrospective Celebrating Dyana Hesson
January 29 - May 22, 2016
The Desert Botanical Garden is presenting "Return to the Desert, Celebrating the First 25 Years," a retrospective celebrating Dyana Hesson, one of the Southwest's most beloved botanical artists. The exhibition will showcase the evolution of her original works as they return to the desert for this special occasion from January 29 to May 22, 2016. (right: Dyana Hesson, Maroon Swoon, Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. Image courtesy of Bonner David Galleries)
"I've explored many subjects: tropical blooms, garden flowers, roses and landscapes, but I always return to the desert," said Hesson. "I can't resist the twists and turns of an agave, the translucence of opuntia (prickly pear) blooms, the plump and colorful hues of succulents. Revisiting desert plants in my work is like coming home from a vacation. For twenty-five years the Desert Botanical Garden has inspired my work."
Hesson is also producing a new collection of desert-inspired paintings that will be showcased with her retrospective at the Garden as well as Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale. In conjunction with the exhibit, Hesson will release her first art book, Radiance: the Paintings of Dyana Hesson which features over 170 of the artist's luminous botanical and landscape paintings. This volume is the most comprehensive representation of her work to date and includes stories and poems giving special insight to her passions and processes. Designed, printed and bound in Arizona, Hesson's book will be made available at the Desert Botanical Garden Shop, Bonner David Galleries, and on her website: www.dyanahesson.com.
"I am so pleased with the exquisite work artist Dyana Hesson is currently producing for her show opening at the Desert Botanical Garden," said Christi Bonner Manuelito, of Bonner David Galleries, who has represented Hesson since 2002. "I feel this is among her best work and it's remarkable how this exhibit has fueled her creative expression. Her passion and love for her compositions found during many visits to the Garden is visually expressed and perfectly executed in each painting. I am so proud to be a part of Hesson's incredible journey."
(above: "Chin Up Bee Happy" Saguaro Blooms
& Sky, DBG, oil on canvas, 70 x 70 inches. Image courtesy of Bonner
(above: "Party of Five, Poppies, DBG," oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches. Image courtesy of Bonner David Galleries)
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