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Blue Rain Welcomes a New Generation of Oil Painters

Jun 10, 2008

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


Santa Fe, NM – Blue Rain Gallery has acquired the work of three young artists from Utah who use the venerable art of oil painting to create timeless images. The show, displaying works by Sean Diediker, Benjamin McPherson and Justin Taylor, will open on July 1st and run through July 15th. Blue Rain Gallery is expanding its scope with the works of these three painters.

Throughout his diverse paintings of places and people, Sean Diediker explores everyday images from his recent travels, which including a recent trip to Northern New Mexico. “I enjoy taking non-descript elements of life and make them consequential.” Although he is naturally a tight painter he also paints with abstract loose strokes to produce both bold, concrete images and more impressionistic visions. The modern scenarios he creates on the canvas are reminiscent of biblical scenes that have been brought into our modern world.

A New Mexican by birth, Benjamin McPherson’s oil paintings celebrate faith. His classical realist oil paintings focus on religion, including scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. “Now I’m trying to apply realism to contemporary, out-of-the-box art.” To do so, he brings together many aspects of faith. His work will include an animation of faith, changing the features of an ordinary man to a Buddhist Monk, a priest, a Muslim, a Hassidic Jew and finally a man adorned by the symbols of those many religions. McPherson’s work focuses on the presence of a strong spiritual belief and it’s effect on individuals.

Justin Taylor paints people with unique and individual beauty. Using his meticulous technical skill, Taylor renders the human experience in the features of his subjects. The paintings are clear with unembellished but electrifying images. He transforms daily mundane life into charged faces. “I usually am attracted to people with interesting features. Peculiar beauty.” The paintings he will be showing at Blue Rain Gallery are more spiritual than most of his work, inspired by a visit to Chimayo.

The three oil painters are currently involved in opening the Bridge Art School in Provo, Utah. A public opening reception will be held at the Blue Rain Gallery on Friday, July 4th at 5:00pm.

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 southwest 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