Horses, often considered man’s most revered and fascinating animal partner will be the feature of an exhibit at JRB Art at the Elms Gallery, 2810 N Walker, through July.
The exhibit opens with a reception 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, July 6, at the gallery during the First Friday Gallery Walk in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District. The exhibit runs through July 28.
Titled "Horses," the show will feature four Oklahoma artists including Joe Andoe, Jean Richardson, Jennifer Hustis and Brent Learned.
Joe Andoe was born into a farming family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned his master's degree in fine art from the University of Oklahoma and has lived and worked in New York since 1985. He is known for his minimal landscapes and idealized depictions of horses, dogs, deer, buffalo, wolves and flowers, gallery officials said. 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 master's degree in painting from the Pratt Institute in New York, received a bachelor's degree in painting from the University of Oklahoma and has studied at the Royal College of Art in London. Hustis began riding horses as a young girl and for the past decade has focused on horse therapy and the art of horse whispering. She is the founder of Art of Horsemanship, 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, he has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Kansas. His paintings and sculptures reflect his appreciation of the culture of the Plains Indians, gallery officials said. Learned’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, Kan., and in the Governor’s Mansion in Oklahoma City.
Jean Richardson, an Oklahoma native, focuses on the iconic image of the horse, which she paints in the abstract using splashes of acrylics in both jewel tones and earthen hues. Her 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.