Significant to the geography of North Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba, Canada, is the fertile Red River Valley, which is home to an incredibly talented pastel artist with new works to showcase.
On view now through August 7 at Ecce Gallery in Fargo, North Dakota, is a colorful display of pastel beauty from the hand of Bob Crowe. Over the last nine years, Crowe has found himself focusing much more on his local landscapes in the flat plains of the Red River Valley. “Local color to me means the color you see before you in nature,” he writes. “For the last three years I have been concentrating on abstraction of these local images and pushing color as far as I can. The results are what you see in this show. Bright, brilliant color imposed on simple shapes and forms.”
Bob Crowe, “Reflected Reeds,” 2016, charcoal and pastel, 24 x 31 in. (c) Ecce Gallery 2016
Bob Crowe, “Moonlite Cottonwood,” 2016, charcoal and pastel, 22 x 16 in. (c) Ecce Gallery 2016