by Sam Thiewes

As a fine art connoisseur, it’s always fun juxtaposing artworks with the same subject. A comparison of the works can reveal so much about each artist’s distinctive handling of their mediums and unique interpretations of the whole experience. A case in point is on view here.

On view January 15 through February 16, the Mountain Artist Guild in Prescott, Arizona, will present “Different Viewpoints,” an exhibition of works by five prominent artists, each using the same models to showcase their distinct styles.

Featured in the show include works by Richard Johnston, Sam Thiewes, Eric Slayton, Dorothy Ray, and David Harlan, “five professional artists from the Prescott area who gather each week to discuss their trade and share ideas,” as the press release reads. “They’ve gone a step further this time, sharing photographs of about a dozen models to see how each would interpret essentially the same images. What began as a friendly challenge among contemporaries became a platform for each artist to express his or her unique approach to painting.”

“At its core, art is an interpretive process, and it’s fascinating to see, in very real terms, how the same images are viewed from a different lens,” said Thiewes. A reception for the show will be hosted at the guild on January 26. To learn more, visit the Mountain Artist Guild.

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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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