Cecilia Kirby Binkley and Julia Roberts
New Concept Gallery ushers in fall with a two-artist exhibit featuring the work of Santa Fe artists Cecilia Kirby Binkley and Julia Roberts.
CECILIA KIRBY BINKLEY
Cecilia Kirby Binkley’s plein air paintings are intuitive and exhilarating translations of nature and the landscapes of New Mexico and southern Colorado. She is compelled to paint by the desire to capture the expression, movement and color of the landscape. Binkley uses a small canvas to quickly encapsulate a natural scene, and then, if she finds the plein air piece sufficiently compelling, she may choose to revisit the scene in a larger studio painting. The smaller works become the inspirational foundation for her large canvases: However, the larger pieces are also largely created from her memories, not just of the scene, but also of the full experience of creating the plein air painting. Cecilia’s large works are rich in texture, formed by the application of heavy oil paint with a palette knife. If her paintings elicit joy and thoughtful response, Binkley knows that her work has been successful.
For this years’ show, printmaker Julia Roberts has expanded on her “Aria” series of bold monotypes of imaginary southwestern landscapes, which debuted at her show in 2018. Before settling in Santa Fe in 2006, Julia lived in Europe for 16 years, producing her art in various ateliers and master classes in Paris and London. She spent many productive years working with master printmakers at the London Print Studio. Her masterfully executed hand-pulled prints show the influences of Asian and European printmaking methods, as well as the distinctive palette of her adopted home in the American Southwest.