There is a lot of emotional as well as horse power in an exhibit called “Horses,” devoted to man's “most revered and fascinating animal partner,” on view at JRB Art at the Elms. Showing paintings, works on paper and prints in the exhibition are Edmond artist Jennifer Cocoma Hustis, New York City artist Joe Andoe and Oklahoma City artists Jean Richardson and Brent Learned.
Described as a state native with a “deep connection to the frontier west,” Richardson captures the energy and gestural motion of horses in her large, semiabstract, semi-figurative acrylic canvases. Two tan-brown horses seem to be charging at us “Out of (the) Dawn,” their features and leg motions reduced to an evocative blur, in one acrylic by Richardson.
The movement of white and black-purple horses, “Bounding into Light,” is more across the picture plane, in a second large acrylic, as is that of a single, white horse, looking up at us, in “Solo Spirit.”
Brilliant sunlight catches the red manes of a “Conclave” of silhouetted horses, who all appear to be looking at something to the left of the picture plane, in another fine work by Richardson.
A connection to the “emotion and soul of the animal” that doesn't become sentimental is found in the acrylic canvases, works on paper, digital photos and a mixed media horse skull sculpture by Hustis.
Founder of an organization promoting safe, holistic and creative ways to approach horsemanship and horse art, Hustis juggles motion and stillness, color and black-and-white elements in her work. An appaloosa horse's long head and neck, seen from below, provide us with a striking “Gateway” to the blue sky and white clouds overhead, in an acrylic canvas, for example.
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