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Blue Rain Gallery Presents a Show of New Artwork by Hyrum Joe and Mateo Romero

Mar 31, 2008

Contact: Denise Phetteplace
Phone: 505-954-9902
Images available upon request.


SANTA FE, N.M. Blue Rain Gallery will present a show of new canvases by acclaimed artists Hyrum Joe and Mateo Romero from Friday, May 2 through Friday, May 23. The show will be held at Blue Rain Gallery at 130 Lincoln Avenue in Santa Fe. An artist reception is planned for Friday, May 2 at 5 p.m.

Hyrum Joe continues to create stunning, figurative paintings featuring sharp detail and a strong sense of place. Working with both oil paints and charcoal, he depicts Native American life from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. Some of Joes canvases for the show exhibit his experimentation with a new medium: watercolor. As an artist, you never stop searching for the one medium youre complete satisfied with, he explains. He uses the same creative process and subjects for his watercolors, but the finished portraits have greater transparency than his deeply saturated oil canvases. Joe is also working on expanding the focus of his work to include portraits of people from the Polynesian and Tibetan cultures.

In his new work for the show, Mateo Romero transitions from creating contemporary mixed media canvases to working on an easel with oil paints. Romeros new paintings refer to his previous work and are social and political critiques on problems facing both native and non-native Americans. About his new art Romero says, My work has come full circle. It turns back to reinvestigate some of my earlier themes, narratives, and methods. Romero says its important to push creative boundaries and find new approaches to his art. Its interesting to me to investigate work that is not in my signature style. Im trying to shake things up a bit and create something that is new and old at the same time. Its a breath of fresh air for me.

About Blue Rain Gallery
The Blue Rain Gallery is committed to promoting work of the finest contemporary Native American and regional contemporary artists. The gallery features an extraordinary collection of pueblo pottery, paintings, sculpture and bronze, glass art, and jewelry. Blue Rain Gallery is located at 130 Lincoln Avenue, Suite D, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Phone 505-954-9902. For more information, visit the Blue Rain Gallery web site at