Sangre de Christo Arts & Conference Center
Landscapes: Continuing Traditions
Tracy Felix says "The landscape has been a perennial favorite subject in all facets of art for thousands of years. Many artists have tried to capture the effect and emotion they feel from nature. I too am exploring this long tradition with my paintings. I feel very much a part of nature and live in awe of it."
He continues "I was born near the Sangre de Cristos in the San Luis Valley and grew up under the looming summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. My home and studio are now in Manitou Springs, Colorado tucked into the soaring mountains that are so much a part of my inspiration for my paintings. I want the viewer to draw what they feel about my work from the paintings themselves. Everyone sees and feels something different, just as in nature."
In this exhibition "Landscapes: Continuing Traditions," Felix's paintings offer unique and monumental perspectives of the Southwest. Large in scale and immense in concept, these works feature sweeping views which take your breath away. Grand mountainscapes and beautiful rock formations fill the paintings, while clouds -- signature elements in Felix's works -- dance across the sky in playful and surprising ways. Each of Felix's paintings is an incredible undertaking of patience and skill, depicting the artist's passion for the beautiful landscapes and terrain of the West.
"They're a little off total reality," said Felix of his oil paintings. "But they're my reality."
On display in the King Gallery through October 30, 1999 the exhibition includes 15 paintings featuring some of Felix's favorite places -- from the red rocks of Garden of the Gods to spectacular Colorado summits like Longs Peak, the Sangre de Cristos and the Spanish Peaks. Most of Felix's work is displayed on Masonite panels, which are sturdier and last longer than traditional canvas. The biggest painting in this show is 4' x 5',but he has painted some landscapes on 4' x 8' panels.
Felix is donating his playful piece, "Spanish Peaks Cloud Show," 1999, 48 x 36 inches, oil, (see left) to the Arts Center's new Buell Children's Museum, which is scheduled to open in June, 2000. Shown in the exhibition, the painting features the Spanish Peaks with sweeping pink clouds and elongated rock faces. "That one is even more stylized and playful because I had children in mind when I was creating it," said Felix. "It seems like children are really attracted to my paintings -- they come up and say they love them."
Felix is a Monte Vista native whose family lived outside of Center. They moved to Colorado Springs when he was 6, and he's been in the Pikes Peak region ever since.
The public is invited to meet Felix at a free public reception with all the Arts Center's featured fall artists on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Helen T. White Galleries at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave.
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