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Tony Abeyta: Works On Paper

Aug 03, 2007


Artist Tony Abeyta Opens Show at Blue Rain Gallery on August 3, 2007

Celebrated Contemporary Native Artist Unveils Several Pieces that Took Him in “New Directions”

Santa Fe, New Mexico. July 24, 2007 – Blue Rain Gallery, a premier contemporary Native American art gallery, today announced the anticipated opening of a one-week show of Tony Abeyta’s work on Friday, August 3, 2007 at their Santa Fe, NM gallery. The show will include several black and white drawings, paintings, and some three dimensional pieces.

“I never want to be labeled ‘predictable’,” said Abeyta. “I want to challenge myself and surprise the viewer, deviating from previous years’ works. I thrive on the unexpected and believe people will find some of that in this show.”

The show will center primarily around black and white drawings, created using charcoal and ink wash. The large scale, graphic images are based on the underworld . Botanicals, animals, and spirits expressed in the drawings are not recognizable as images seen in every day life. He hopes the work will express a sense of nature and how it is changing, sometimes against its will.

“Some of the work is intended to comment on the idea of the fragile beauty found in our environment,” Abeyta said. “Delicate things are trampled on as humans try to co-exist with nature and, even more so, as they try to tame it via cloning and hybrids. An example of this thought is expressed in ‘Flower Bombs 2’, which depicts a flower of great beauty with superimposed World War II-era bombs falling around it.”

Abeyta likes working in black and white because it s a “very honest approach.”

“Black and white is void of the seduction that color has,” said Abeyta. “The images are exactly what they are; there is integrity to them, while also allowing for the viewer’s individual interpretation.”

A reception with Abeyta will be held on August 3, 2007, at 5:30 pm at the Blue Rain Gallery, 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM.

“Tony’s shows are always highly anticipated,” said Blue Rain Gallery owner, Leroy Garcia. “He enthralls us by presenting work that bears his marks of distinction as well as pieces that we wouldn’t normally associate with his artistic perspective. That’s what makes him such a dynamic and well-respected artist.”

For more information about Abeyta’s show and other events at Blue Rain Gallery, please visit

Contact: Janet Caldwell-Cannedy,
Communications Director, Blue Rain Gallery
Phone: 800.414.4893 or 505.751.0066
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