Best known for his depictions of cows in lush Midwestern landscapes, painter Craig Blietz presents a surreal interpretation of animals in the “pastoral scene” during his latest solo exhibition. Who’s the proud host?
We’re just one month away from the opening of a compelling solo exhibition at Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Calendar” is the latest display of gorgeous oils by painter Craig Blietz, who’s best known for his depictions of cows.
Drawing on both the narrative and formalist aspects of painting, Blietz situates his animal subjects in lovely Midwestern landscapes and seeks to capture much more than external beauty. Through his pictures, Blietz “suggests much about the relationship of the animals to one another and the resulting parallel to human behavior,” the gallery writes.
Also explored in the show is the rural environment of Wisconsin, where the artist currently lives. In particular, Bleitz seeks to celebrate “one of the most treasured aspects of Midwestern existence — the cycle of the seasons,” says the gallery. Continuing this thought, Blietz says, “We revere the contrast of conditions in the four seasons and revel in our ability to withstand and adapt to the extremes of each. These paintings strike at the emotional mood experienced as we navigate our way through the seasonal reckoning of time.”
“Calendar” opens on June 3 and will be on view through July 2. To learn more, visit Tory Folliard Gallery.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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