Tom Uttech The Spirit of the Forest
December 6, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, December 6, 1-4 pm with an Artist’s Talk at 2 pm
TORY FOLLIARD GALLERY is pleased to announce TOM UTTECH: The Spirit of the Forest, an exhibition of new paintings and drawings. Thirty of the artist’s visionary landscapes teeming with wildlife are on view. Also included are two highly detailed drawings to give insight into the artist’s working process. A fully illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition with a foreword by Laurie Winters and an essay by Robert Cozzolino.
Uttech’s work is inspired by his frequent trips to the Boundary Waters between northern Minnesota and Canada and his “spiritual home,” the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. Mythic, atmospheric, and astoundingly detailed, the paintings suggest the infinite beauty and wonder the natural world holds. Out of respect for the native cultures who originally lived in these isolated wild places, each painting has a title in the Ojibwe language. Filled with sumptuous light, intense foliage, and wildlife, Uttech’s paintings suggest neither past, present or future, but all time.
In the artist’s own words: “These paintings are all recollections of the magic I have found in the North Woods. They never depict any actual place. They hope to recreate the feelings those places generate in ourselves … I do also mean to be saying something about the richness and diversity of life on this planet and how magically wonderful this all is by packing so many individuals and species into the same place at the same time.”
A recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award and the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award, Uttech’s work is in numerous museum collections, including the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK; the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI; the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and the New Orleans Museum of Art.