Exuberant color and painterly interpretations of place and moment fill Rodger Bechtold’s Wisconsin landscapes. Based on direct observation, recollection, and some invention, Bechtold’s paintings illustrate the grandeur in the everyday.Read More
If January is any indication, expect 2014 to be an exciting year for the arts in Milwaukee. The Tory Folliard Gallery, for its part, is welcoming the new year with a cluster of new exhibitions.Read More
Rodger Bechtold‘s delightful oil painting “Red, White, and Blue” captures the elation of a beautiful day in a charming Midwestern location. This painting and thirteen others appear in his current exhibition Middle Ground, which refers not only to the Midwest, but also the point between realism and abstraction. “Red, White, and Blue” measures 46×66 inches. To begin a large scale painting, Bechtold paints plein air on small linen covered boards. These on-the-spot “sketches” act as a starting point in color, composition, and atmosphere for larger works. Not one to be constricted by a photograph, Bechtold prefers to use his senses to convey his memory of time and season. Click here to view Rodger Bechtold’s entire exhibition online.Read More
Rodger Bechtold‘s East Gable Sorenson is filled with beautiful light and surface texture, inviting the viewer to share a tranquil moment. As Rodger puts it, “I create landscape paintings that have a feeling of spaciousness beyond the limits of the canvas dimensions, charged with color, expressed with energy and seemingly effortless brushwork. But most of all I’m interested in communicating what it feels like to be there.” A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and a student of the great Wolf Kahn, Bechtold’s work offers a reprieve from hectic daily life. Rodger Bechtold will be having a solo showing of his work in an exhibition entitled Middle Ground from May 20th through June 25th. Rodger will be exhibiting his work at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, WI through May 1st.