Friday, July 21, 2017

Birds of Paradise by Jose Vives-Atsara- Rare Subject Matter Now at J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art

Birds of Paradise by Jose Vives-Atsara


Birds of Paradise is a Jose Vives-Atsara painting that jumps off the canvas. The spiky bright yellow flowers grab the viewer’s attention and contrast with the abstract background. The effect is a dramatic piece, one that is not the typical floral subject matter for the artist. The painting does have all the distinctions of a Vives-Atsara, heavy use of pallette knife, bold colors and subject matter. However he usually rendered more traditional flowers like roses and wildflowers. This indicates that Birds of Paradise was most likely a commission.

     Vives-Atsara's oil paintings have been described as both realistic and impressionistic; this piece borderlines on the abstract. The flowers and foliage fall into the impressionism category but the yellow petals have a geometric quality to them that when juxtaposed against the fluid and indistinct background create an abstract effect. The result is a highly impressionistic rendition that appears more abstract as it is viewed. Throughout his career he used only nine colors, and he mixed his paints so well that he didn’t muddle colors. In Birds of Paradise, even though impressionistic, the greens do not become brown and the yellows remains pristine. Vives-Atsara also shows his mastery with surprise pops of blue and purple that individually stand out, but taken as a whole blend effortlessly with the entire piece.

     Vives-Atsara studied art at Colegio de San Ramon and the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. The Spanish Civil War interrupted his studies and he was impressed into the Communist Army. He was a POW and eventually migrated to United States. He landed in San Antonio in 1956 where he established his art career and eventually became a citizen. Vives-Atsara was an art professor at Incarnate Word College. For special guests such as Pope John Paul II, he commissioned paintings as gifts. He enjoyed a celebrated career as an artist and passed away in 2004. He is currently represented in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Spain, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is pleased to have several Jose Vives-Atsara paintings including Birds of Paradise for viewing or purchase. Stop by the gallery today.
By Gina Martinez Gladson, JR Mooney Galleries staff

Friday, July 7, 2017

Robert Wood in West Texas now at J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art

West Texas Landscape by Robert Wood
 

 
 
     The gentle mountains and sparse landscape of west Texas make excellent subject matter for works of art. The western portion of the state is full of stark colors, bold skies and a certain emptiness that is appealing to the eye. The prolific artist Robert Wood captured this unique landscape in many of his works. In particular, West Texas Landscape, believed to be painted sometime in the 1950’s, is a stunning example of the artist’s work.  The color palette and vast scenery exemplify Wood’s subject matter and style from that period of his career.
     The most mass produced artists in the United States, Robert Wood traveled all over the country. Originally from England, Wood came to the U.S. after time in the service and he traveled extensively by rail. Wood lived in Oregon, Ohio and Florida, before settling in San Antonio from the late 1920’s to 1940. In San Antonio, he gained a national reputation for his strong dramatic landscape paintings.  Some of that prestige came from his studies with Jose Arpa, a prominent Texas artist.  Wood also gave art lessons, and one of his students was Porfirio Salinas. Like Texas painters Robert Onderdonk (1853-1917) and his son Julian (1882-1922), Robert Wood concentrated for a time on the distinctive Texas landscape. He developed a reputation for his bluebonnet scenes and incorporated stone barns and rough wood farmhouses into his compositions that added authenticity and romance.

     While still living in Texas, he took extensive sketching trips west all the way to California. It is evident that his 1930's California and Texas works started to show an awareness of the California Plein-Air movement. These more mature works are distinguished by a fine sense of detail reminiscent of late-19th-century American landscape painters. Wood's reputation with collectors grew nationally. He painted the Colorado Rockies in the 1930s and 1940s. By the early 1960s, the Tetons and the California coast made up a significant percentage of his work. He would continue to paint popular Texas landscapes but his style changed. Works from this period are broadly painted with a more chromatic palette. Over the years Wood continued to develop his style; his subject matter remained rural landscapes.   
     Wood's commercial success is considerable when one realizes that he devoted little to no effort to promoting his work or gaining acclaim among the art community.  He was included in many shows, and had thousands of reproductions made of his work. At the age of eighty, the American Express Company commissioned him to paint a series of six works to be reproduced as limited edition serigraphs for their Cardholders. Instead of fame, Wood believed in the natural appeal and time enduring quality which results from serious dedication to one's craft. His beliefs proved to be true. West Texas Landscape is currently at J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art to view or purchase.
 
by: Gina Martinez
 
 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Texas Bluebonnets by G. Harvey now at J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art

Texas Bluebonnets by G. Harvey


     A criticism often heard about bluebonnet paintings is that they contain too many bluebonnets; that the artists are too liberal in saturating their fields and the result is not realistic. A hyper colored field with more blue paint than green does not rekindle any memories of the special moment in spring when cars pull off the side of the highway to take pictures and everyone gives thanks to Lady Bird. The reverence and the beauty of those sights are somehow cheapened by what feels like the Hollywood version of the true story. In the Texas Hill Country, even at the height of bluebonnet season, Mother Nature takes a more diversified approach. Bluebonnets cluster together, but rarely stand alone. Other flowers grow beside them and they are dispersed among other year round species. What lacks in these often criticized bluebonnet representations are these other natural elements. Texas Bluebonnets by G. Harvey is the antithesis of these criticisms. Harvey embraces warm tones that mimic the temperatures of the Texas spring; he paints the heat that helps the flowers grow. Harvey also balances his landscape with other natural elements such as rocks, cacti, weeds, or other wildflowers that give the painting a more realistic feel. His perspective leads the viewer from the bluebonnets to the carpet of yellow flowers that actually are a common sight in Texas from the spring through the summer, into the gently undulating hill disappearing into the horizon. Harvey captures the quaint and unique beauty of Central Texas. Painted around the 1970’s it is typical subject matter of his early work. However, in this piece Harvey shows the attention to detail and the mature techniques that imbue his later works. For a collector or investor, this is a valuable find.  

     Gerald Harvey Jones was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1933. His grandfather was a cowboy during the trail-driving era. A graduate in fine arts at North Texas State University, Harvey taught full-time at UT in Austin. The landscapes and peoples of Central Texas, the Panhandle, New Mexico, and the Border provided the inspiration for most of his early work. Eventually he would leave the teaching profession to paint full time.  His portraits of the country became popular and he had multiple sell-out shows including a series of one-man shows in Washington, D.C. in 1991. The first was at the National Archives featuring his paintings of the Civil War era, next a selection of paintings of notable Washington landmarks was exhibited at the Treasury Department, and ultimately, a one-man show of 35 paintings at the Smithsonian Institution during their exhibition of "The All American Horse." In addition to the shows, The Smithsonian Institution chose Harvey to paint "The Smithsonian Dream," commemorating its 150th Anniversary.

     Themes of nostalgia similar to that of Norman Rockwell and stylistically influenced by Édouard Leon Cortés, Harvey took his talents and made a prolific career as an artist. His collectors include Lyndon Johnson, John Connally, Red McCombs and T. Boone Pickens. Harvey lives in Fredericksburg. Texas Bluebonnets is currently at J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art on Broadway in San Antonio. Stop by the gallery to view or purchase.

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Museum of Western Art's Artist of the Month: Margie Barker


Artwork by Margie Barker
 
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is pleased to announce that artist Margie Barker is the featured artist of the month at The Museum of Western Art in Kerrville for the month of May. The Museum of Western Art is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and promotion of Western art and heritage. Margie Barker’s beautiful renditions of the Texas Hill Country make an excellent addition to the gallery’s rotating exhibition.   
Art by Margie Barker

The Museum collects and exhibits artwork by contemporary Western artists. The building itself is an architectural work of art. It was designed by distinguished Texas architect O'Neil Ford. The museum opened in 1983 and has displayed works from artists of note including George Phippin, Fred Harman, Robert Lougheed, and Will James. In addition to art, the Museum houses an extensive research library that includes 3,000 volumes of Western art and history. It is an important resource about the West.
 
Most art appreciators familiar with the Texas painter already know that Barker is from Helotes and paints beautiful Hill Country scenes. She has participated in the Boerne Parade of Artists and Hill Country Invitational, exhibited multiple times at the former J.R. Mooney Gallery of Fine Art in Boerne and more. She is listed in Artists of Texas, Vol. II and her work has been exhibited at the San Antonio Art League Museum. She earned her B.A. in art at Sam Houston State University. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday May 11 at 5:30 PM. $10 suggested donation. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM-4PM in Kerrville. 

Art by Margie Barker
 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Briscoe Western Art Museum presents: Night of Artists 2017 Art Sale and Exhibition

South of Town by Cliff Cavin at JR Mooney Gallery 10"x20" oil $1600 framed

The Briscoe’s Night of Artists 2017 Art Sale and Exhibition is currently underway. 73 Of the country’s most talented contemporary Western artists are exhibiting together through Sunday May 14. This exciting show contains two and three dimensional art by sought after artists like Kim Wiggins and Nancy Bush. This year’s works vary in theme from the San Antonio Missions, to pastoral landscapes, cowboys, Native Americans and raging cattle herds. During the opening weekend events, patrons and artists alike mingled among the art at the Jack Guenther Pavilion. Guests voted for their favorite work while participating in the “Luck of the Draw” art sale. This exciting raffle gave patrons the opportunity to purchase artworks before the general public. Awards were also given for favorite pieces. Gladys Roldan-de-Moras won the 2017 David Crockett Award for Artist Choice for her beautiful rendition of contemporary mission life in her painting Sunday at Mission San Jose. Winner of the Briscoe Museum Purchase Award was newcomer to the show, C. Michael Dudash. His painting The Dressmakers, a stunning 28”x40” oil on linen piece depicting Native American women sewing, will now become part of the museum’s permanent collection.


Mo & Cliff Cavin courtesy of The Briscoe
Western Art Museum & Hiebert Photography
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is pleased to carry works by two of the artists included in the Briscoe’s show. Painter Cliff Cavin has several original oil paintings currently in the gallery. The colorful impressionistic landscapes portray the countryside from South Texas to New Mexico. The gallery also offers several Ragan Gennusa giclee reproductions. J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art would like to congratulate them both on a successful show and opening weekend. Cavin sold three out of five works and Gennusa was the Patron’s Choice recipient for Hold on to Your Hats, a 24”x48” oil painting of commanding longhorn cattle. This is the second time Gennusa has won an award at this show. Last year he was the Briscoe Museum Purchase Award winner. Congratulations to Mr. Gennusa and Mr. Cavin.

Ragan Gennusa courtesy of The Briscoe
Western Art Museum & Hiebert Photography
The patrons at Saturday night’s gala were treated to dinner and live music all among the beautiful setting of the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s grounds and sculpture garden. Now, the exhibition may be viewed during usual museum hours. All works unsold during the opening weekend are available for purchase through the duration of the exhibition. The show remains open through May 14. Don’t miss this opportunity to see so many talented Western artists from all over the country. See the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Night of Artist page for more details.

Helotes Hilltop by Cliff Cavin at JR Mooney Gallery 16"x 16" oil $1750 framed


Friday, March 24, 2017

March Birthday: Artist Robert Wood

Mountains and Hills by Robert Wood 20"x30" oil on canvas $6000 framed at JR Mooney Galleries


March is the birthday month of English painter Robert Wood. Wood is reportedly one of the most mass-produced artists in the United States. He gained popularity in the 1950s and 60s when many of his works were reproduced in lithographs and distributed by companies such as Sears, Roebuck. Wood was born on March 4th in Sandgate, England in 1889. He served in the Royal Army and immigrated to the United States in 1910. He traveled extensively through the country working odd jobs and hopping freight trains while he sold or bartered his paintings. During this period, which Wood later recalled as one of the best of his life, he was influenced by the rural landscapes of America. His travels took him to Illinois where he worked as a farmhand, to Pensacola, Florida where he married, Ohio, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon.
 
 In the early 1920s he settled in San Antonio with his family where he experience tremendous growth as an artist. He studied under renowned Spanish painter Jose Arpa and was active in the San Antonio Art League. He was influenced by his contemporaries like Arpa and the Onderdonks. He exhibited in the 1928 Texas Wildflower Competition. Porfirio Salinas was his student. It was here in the Texas hill country that Wood's work blossomed and he gained a national reputation as a landscape painter.

 Robert Wood left Texas for California in the 1940's, and then moved briefly to upstate New York before returning to southern California in the early 1950's where he would settle. Around this time the public became captivated with Wood's seasonal Woodstock paintings. He worked with a print publishing house to reproduce several of his works. The reproductions were a success. October Morn, which was his most requested print, sold more than one million copies in less than two years. Wood remained in California, where he was active in the art colonies at Monterrey and later Laguna Beach, until his death. He never returned to England.

Although the majority of his subject matter focused on rural landscapes, Wood's style changed over time.  His early work was influenced by his heritage and is more reminiscent of the 19th century English landscape painters, while his latter work became more impressionistic. Must have been all those train rides through the countryside. J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is pleased to currently have in its possession Mountains and Hills, a stunning 20
x30impressionistic oil painting by Robert Wood. Call or stop by the gallery for inquiries.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Artist's Spotlight: Cliff Cavin

        

"Nambe Clouds" by Cliff Cavin
      J.R. Mooney is proud to showcase works by San Antonio artist Cliff Cavin. Cavin is known for his impressionistic landscapes and the current selection at the gallery does not disappoint. First is a New Mexican landscape painting that shows a large dominate sky and purple mountain backdrop. The foreground is rendered in earthy hues and is typical of the geography. The ample canvas size 38”x39” creates a window effect and radiates the imagery of rural Santa Fe or possibly Carson National Forest.
"South of Town" by Cliff Cavin
     There is also a Texas Hill Country scene of a spring meadow adorned with wildflowers. The purple and yellow impressionistic flowers suggest bluebonnets and perhaps Texas flax wildflowers. This lovely piece of the Hill Country is 10”x20” and is beautifully framed in dark wood including a brushed gold step that highlights Cavin’s use of color. Other paintings in the gallery showcase Cavin’s mastery of light. In a country road scene the late afternoon sun reflects off a tree and casts shadows on the road while warming the sky with a soft pink glow. In another work, he uses light to highlight a creek and the surrounding fields.

"Texas Memories" by Cliff Cavin
     The most unique painting in the collection is “Texas Memories” a 30"x30" depiction of a longhorn. It is a commanding piece. The longhorn is turned, fixing its gaze towards the viewer. The artwork would make an elegant addition to any office or study, especially for the Texas aficionado. In addition to his works in the gallery, J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is pleased to announce that Cliff Cavin is one of the artists included in The Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Night of Artists Art Sale & Exhibition. This fundraiser event for the Briscoe showcases over 73 of the country’s top Western artists. More information and tickets for the event are available from the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Cavin will also be the featured artist later this year at the Texas Museum of Western Art in Kerrville. Come by the gallery and familiarize yourself with his work.  





 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hill Country Windows

"Retama Ranch" by Lona Bell

 
Driving along Interstate 10 last week I caught my first glimpse of bluebonnets this season. Each spring these majestic flowers color the highways of Texas bringing smiles to daily commuters (thank you, Ladybird!). By now they are popping up in all sorts of places, picturesque fields, sides of the highways and in parks and private yards.  People from all over flock to roadsides looking for the perfect patch to take family photos in and admire these wildflowers. This seasonal beauty is not only the subject of Instagram feeds and Facebook pages; it is also coveted on canvas. For a more permanent look, bluebonnets scenes make great Texas landscape paintings. They are one of the gallery’s most requested subject matter. Currently, J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art has a variety of quality bluebonnet paintings in various sizes. First is a landscape by San Antonio artist Lona Bell. Her “Retama Ranch” is large and is an exquisite depiction of the flowers lining a pathway home. “Bluebonnet Hillside” by Jung Yoon is even larger than Bell’s painting. His massive 48”x36” piece shows a bluebonnet patch disappearing into a golden sunset. The dramatic sunset lighting and the dominant deep blue hues of the flowers make this painting a powerful piece that is perfect for a foyer, library or other space where it may take center stage. For smaller pieces, Texas artists Margie Barker and Cliff Cavin have bluebonnet paintings ranging in size from 5”x7” up to 18”x36”. Their light, impressionistic style is a breath of fresh air, just like opening a window in the Hill Country. Visit J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art today to open your own Hill Country window and add a little spring to a permanent collection.

"Little Stream" by Margie Barker


"Bluebonnet Hillside" by Jung Yoon


 
"South of Town" by Cliff Cavin

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Barker is Back!

 
 

Helotes artist Margie Barker introduced several new works for purchase to J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art. Barker’s compact traditional South Texas compositions vary in themes this time from yucca and cacti, to red birds and bluebonnets. All of Barker’s works are in vivid acrylic and are framed ready to hang. Any of the small pieces will make a great addition to a home collection, or a gift to a visiting friend or business partner. Barker has a solo exhibition as the artist of the month this May at the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville. There is no better time to collect this fine Texas artist’s work. Stop by the gallery today.

 




 
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art
8302 Broadway
San Antonio, TX

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Arthur McCall Paintings at J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art
 
 
"Those Were the Days"

 

J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art recently acquired two Arthur McCall paintings with nostalgic themes. McCall is a revered South Texas painter and J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is pleased to continue to showcase his work. The two new pieces are “Bygone Days” sized 16”x20” and “Those Were the Days” sized 20”x24.” Both paintings share the familiar setting of the old Texas farm that is recurring subject matter for McCall. These Texas farms include dilapidated barns, windmills, cactus patches, old trucks and yes, the always hidden McCall rabbit. Come by the gallery today and see if you can spot one.


"Bygone Days"
 
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art
8302 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

Friday, January 20, 2017


Boerne Gallery Closes

J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art in Boerne permanently closed its doors at the end of 2016.  We want to thank the Boerne community and all of the gallery supporters who made our time in Boerne memorable.  All of the remaining art works have been relocated to our San Antonio gallery.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we invite you to visit us in San Antonio at 8302 Broadway, just south of Interstate 410 in Alamo Heights for all of your art and custom framing needs.  We look forward to your visit!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NOW IS THE TIME ....for buying art..and Thank Yous..

*** Sale prices effective October 15, 2016 - December 31, 2016 at our San Antonio location.

*** Sale prices effective November 6, 2016 - December 31, 2016 at our Boerne location.

J.R. Mooney Galleries would like to thank the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm for allowing us to participate in their annual PROTECT & PRESERVE Gala luncheon.

The CNC&F hosted "The Healer" painting by Texas artist, Jay Hester on the Herff farm grounds and allowed this painting to be presented on display at Dr. F. Herff's homestead house.

This amazing opportunity allowed for a visual reinforcement of Dr. Herff's legacy and allowed this unique fine art masterpiece to be part of the historical preservation of the Herff legacy.

Thank you CNC&F for giving us this wonderful moment to share!

J.R. Mooney Galleries would like to recognize the Boerne Professional Artist (BPA) association on another successful Texas Hill Country Invitational sale and exhibition.

 

Highlights included gallery represented artists Sidney Sinclair, Bill Scheidt and Margie Barker.



Come and see these artists and many more in the our two gallery locations!
 
Sidney Sinclair                                                           Photographer: ginimartini photography
Bill Scheidt                                                                                                 Photographer: ginimartini photography
Margie Barker                                                              Photographer: ginimartini photography

EXHIBITION CLOSING NOVEMBER 5, 2016


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