Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary's College

Moraga, California




Point to Point: Landscape Paintings by Willard Dixon and Peter Loftus


Large scale landscape paintings by Willard Dixon and Peter Loftus will be on view at the Hearst Art Gallery of Saint Mary's College from June 10 through August 13, 2000. The exhibition, "Point to Point," showcases the coastline from Point Lobos to Point Reyes so vividly depicted by Dixon and Loftus. Few living artists have captured the breathtaking geography and dazzling beauty of the Central and Northern California coast with such virtuosity as Dixon and Loftus, who have in common a remarkably adroit ability to create vivid color and precise rendering to imbue the formal landscape with a compelling contemporary aesthetic.

Steven Jenkins, Art Week Contributing Editor, says of Dixon in the February 1995 issue, that "it is precisely his sincere investment in tile tradition of realist landscape painting, with its attention to verisimilitude and its acknowledgement of our continually shifting relationship to nature, that infuses the work with singular power." Paintings by the artist, who lives in Marin County, are in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum and the Metropolitan Museum, N.Y. Dixon was included in the de Young Museum's monumental 1995 exhibition, "Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape in the Bay Area." (left: Willard Dixon, Bolinas Beach, 1994, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, Courtesy of Hackett-Freeman Gallery, San Francisco)

Art critic Dorothy Burkhardt calls Loftus "a subtle and elusive artist, a painterly realist indebted to Impressionism, attuned to abstraction, convincingly in command of his medium." The Santa Cruz resident, who received a BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, has work in the permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Art and major national corporate collections, including Bank of America, Bechtel, Hewlett Packard and American Telegraph and Telephone, N.Y. (left: Peter Loftus, Carmel Vallery, Spring Green, 1997, oil on canvas, 43 x 66 inches, Courtesy of Hackett-Freeman Gallery, San Francisco)

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