Philippe Gandiol, “100 Days of Rain,” 2017, oil, 30 x 40 inches

California landscape — especially en plein air — never gets old because the state is filled with an infinite variety of breathtaking views. For 16 years, collectors and enthusiasts have always eagerly awaited this fantastic exhibition.

John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, California, will soon open its doors for the amazing 16th edition of “California Landscape,” an exhibition of contemporary landscape painting inspired by one of the most diverse states in America.

Marie Theresa Brown, “Mount Diabloe Trail,” oil, 9 x 12 inches
Marti Walker, “Field of Mustard,” 2017, pastel, 18 x 24 inches

Opening July 6 and continuing through August 27, an opening reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, July 22. Via the gallery: “California’s natural beauty and diverse landscape has been giving artists a source of inspiration in the genre of landscape painting since Albert Bierstadt and his 19th-century depictions of Yosemite. Bierstadt’s practice of capturing the exceptional, ethereal light of California continues in contemporary landscapes as artists today explore a new sublimity present in the 21st century. Featuring scenes of fertile valleys, sparkling beaches, dense forests, and seemingly boundless deserts, Californian landscapes remain the root of poetic allure for artists today. Many such artists will be displaying the products of this inspiration and influence again this year in the 16th Annual California Landscape Exhibition.

Beth Winfield, “Rescue Barn,” oil
Chella Gonsalves, “Bee Boxes Blossoms,” 2016, oil on paper, 22 x 30 inches

“The rocky beaches, arid deserts, and lush agricultural land are just a few of California’s multitude of complex and consistently developing eco-systems, providing endless possibilities for unique works of art. Contemporary artists such as Pat Mahony, Marti Walker, Philippe Gandiol, Julie Smiley, and Boyd Gavin have taken the multifaceted nature of California and brought new ways of viewing landscapes to the John Natsoulas Gallery. The exhibition displays original representations of scenic vistas and cityscapes and offers visitors the opportunity to view the familiar in new and exciting ways.

“There has never been a single prevailing Californian aesthetic, but it is the consistent reference to nature that seems to assert itself as our state’s ubiquitous influence within the broader artistic community.”

To learn more, visit John Natsoulas Gallery.

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