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Bellas Artes Opens New Exhibit of Abstracted Landscapes by Richard Trumbull



By Hope Palmer

Artist Richard Trumbull’s paintings visually assault the viewer in the most magnetic of ways, a fact evident in a new exhibit of his work, Landscapes Abstracted, opening April 26 at the Bellas Artes cultural center.

His work typically has a layered effect on the viewer: While the work is initially at once familiar because of its tonal values and shapes, we only secondarily become aware of something richer and deeper upon further examination.

In these new works, the landscapes Trumbull represents begin to break down. He is less and less interested in local representation and more interested in abstraction to express the essence of the subject being depicted. Trumbull paints in a suggestive rather than a descriptive mode. We are the ones who complete the image, not the artist.

Purely figurative landscapes rely on a specific sense of place, but here blasts of color provide visual brilliance and a quickening of the senses. The texture of the paint is something that must be viscerally felt. Each layer slowly reveals secrets not easily grasped upon a single viewing. The painting and the viewer engage in a private dialogue, giving intimacy to a normally solitary experience.

The artist’s paintings don’t rely on local color found in conventional representation but have a spectral light all their own, the luxuriant color lingering long after the encounter between art and viewer. These are the kind of paintings that don’t release everything upon a first visitation but insist upon active participation from the viewer. There is a deftness to Trumbull’s brushstrokes and a willingness to play—Trumbull makes use of each corner of his canvases—that is refreshing.

This exhibit redefines a world that sorely needs clichés to be excoriated. It leaves us wanting more of Trumbull’s painterly poetry, where imagination and daring are the bywords of the day and each jewel of a painting resides in the memory long after.

This exhibit will run April 26–June 30. For more information about the artist, see the website


Art Exhibition

Landscapes Abstracted

Work by Richard Trumbull

Fri, Apr 26, 7pm

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75, Centro

Exhibit runs until June 30


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