Peter de la Fuente, “Alternate Route,” 2015, egg tempera, 7 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches

Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, opens this weekend a tantalizing exhibition of remarkable landscapes by Spaniard Peter de la Fuente. What is the skilled watercolor and tempera painter up to these days? Brilliance.

Friday, July 14 at Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe marks the opening of an anticipated solo exhibition of watercolors and tempera paintings by acclaimed artist Peter de la Fuente. In conjunction with the National New Deal Preservation Association, the artist and gallery will also host a public lecture on Saturday, July 15.

Peter de la Fuente, “Second Gate,” 2015, watercolor, 10 x 14 inches
Peter de la Fuente, “Study for New Mexico Drive-By,” 2016, watercolor, 8 x 11 3/4 inches

“Born in Seville, Spain in 1959,” the gallery writes, “de la Fuente and his family relocated to his mother’s home of New Mexico just four years following. De la Fuente continues to live and work in New Mexico, dedicated to preserving and furthering his family’s legacy in the arts.

Peter de la Fuente, “The Red Gate,” 2013, egg tempera, 20 x 32 inches

“Disenchanted with traditional art academies, de la Fuente turned to his family for formal training. As the son of Carol Hurd Rogers and grandson of Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, de la Fuente had the unique opportunity to study and develop his skills under the guidance of the Wyeth/Hurd family. Building on these traditions, de la Fuente paints landscapes uninterrupted by either human or animal life. Working in egg tempera, de la Fuente focuses on the detail and luminosity of his paintings to impart the works with a sense of place. Less concerned with photorealism, de la Fuente instead chooses to capture the character of a given setting, to capture the mood and feeling of scene.”

Peter de la Fuente, “My Stack in Snow,” 2013, watercolor, 13 1/4 x 19 inches

The artist himself suggests, “I try to evoke a sense of place. I paint the places I love. I want the viewer to feel the landscape of New Mexico — so that they can step into the painting, with a sense of familiarity; perhaps the feeling of having been there before…”

The exhibition, titled “Cuentos,” will hang through September 30. To learn more, visit Gerald Peters 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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