I am a Canadian artist who lives here in Obraje five months of the year to escape the cold Canadian winter. I have a fine arts degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and spent over thirty years working in the public education system there as a primary teacher, curriculum consultant, and administrator. I have had a lifelong passion for admiring, collecting and creating art.
During my time teaching young children, I was always impressed with their ability to be spontaneous and uninhibited when it came to using art media. Colours were used without a lot of thought. No mixing of paint for that perfect skin tone. Skies were not always blue. These insights into their world have influenced my work to this day. I paint quickly. I don’t often mix colours before they are used and I often paint what I feel rather than what I know to be true.
The light and everyday colours of Mexico certainly have a profound effect on my art here in Obraje. Having the time to work and often the courage to experiment with new ideas has increased my excitement and enthusiasm for creating more art. The works here in the gallery are examples of the direction my journey is taking me and the variety of experiences I’m having!
Linda Whynman moved to San Miguel de Allende over 16 years ago from New York. She has been involved in art and art education for her entire professional career. She taught art from kindergarten level to Masters Degree programs. She was also the Arts in Education Director in New York State. Her areas of media expertise include watercolor and computer graphics.
She has designed books for several authors and her paintings are represented in galleries and homes from the East Coast of the US to Mexico.
Watercolor is my medium of choice. I enjoy the interplay of pigments on the texture of the paper and letting the materials work in their natural state. When I’m sketching and painting, I am fully present in the moment. It is a deeply pleasurable and creative experience. It keeps me centered. Then, later on, when I look at a painting I have completed, I remember all the sounds, the temperature, the people who passed by, and the entire plein aire experience. This process has helped me to love Mexico even more. The colors and vistas and the people of Mexico are a plethora of painting options.
In addition to showing at Galeria Obraje, Whynman is represented by Galeria SanFrancisco in Fabrica Aurora.
Many times over the years I have tried to capture the ethereal and ephemeral beauty of flowers in my art. Recently I have returned to this theme but with a focus on fields of flowers and the brilliance and massing of color that is so eye-catching. This new series Flowers Know No Borders includes fields of flowers from Mexico, the USA, and Canada. These pastels are all on sanded pastel paper. I begin with pastel and alcohol underpainting that, in places, shows through in a playful and textural way. I finish with a variety of mostly soft pastels.
Whatever I am painting, I get lost, for a time, in the looking and seeing. There is no time; no distance; no separation between me and the object or scene—this creative process is joyful and I try to represent, with color, this joy.
I began painting with watercolors some 20 plus years ago and added soft pastels a few years later. I am largely self-taught with many workshops along the way and painting buddies to inspire me.
Since my love affair with painting began, I have worked in a number of genres, small still-lives, abstracts and works on paper, as well as large, magnified botanical forms; flowers of coarse, roots and vegetables. Sometimes anthropomorphic, sometimes shrouded in mystery, plants make dramatic and fascinating subjects with their infinitely diverse forms and personalities. Having gardened all my life, and designed gardens in New York and San Miguel, it was a natural choice to get up close and personal with plants in my art.
The landscape is another subject that I am drawn to. Plein air painting on my travels in Tuscany, Provence, California, and Mexico has given me the chance to explore the beauty of the land, but also to better understand the relationship between man and the environment, how a place is tended, shaped, or neglected by humans. Geology, climate, history, architecture, agriculture, and all the activities of man combine to leave their imprint on the land and make each place unique. The light, fashioned by weather, latitude, time of day and season, further define a place in a frozen moment in time, a frozen moment in life. Trying to capture that light, that moment in time is ever the challenge.
To be an artist is to stop and notice, to be an observer and a student of life. Whether painting a subject representationally or abstractly, as I am increasingly drawn to do, the aim is to go beyond the surface of things to find something personal, to experiment with design, color, materials, and bring a new vision to life. Art is a way of sharing something of myself with others. If the viewer is moved to stop and ponder a moment, non-verbal communication has transpired, a brief dialogue between souls.
I've spent most of my working life as a graphic designer, illustrator, art director, and creative director. With the advent of seven-day weekends, I've become a traveler and maker of images. I love to draw and paint the places I visit, and the places where I live. My time is divided between Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest and San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico. I work on location much of the time so that I can capture more of the flavor of the places I love. The interactions, whether with cows in the fields of Whidbey Island or little kids hanging over my shoulder while I paint in the Plaza Civica in San Miguel, it all adds to the experience of painting, and to the feeling I try to put into the images.
Probably the best word to describe my art is “hybrid.” I like to mix the unmixable – rock and Bach, sandals and socks, cats and water. I draw upon multiple sources, taking images from art history, cartoons and found images of various sorts. The mix can be incongruous. A cartoon figure can crop up next to a piece of an old master painting; a folk-art Madonna can be found huddled among abstract de Kooning shapes.
Sometimes the references are covert: you have to solve the mystery from titles or clues within the picture. This is often the world of parody. For instance, I did a series that uses the cozy cottages and garden scenes of the horribly saccharine painter Thomas Kinkade. You might not get the parody, but I’m satisfied that it’s in there somewhere, the thing that gave me a reason to paint the painting.
Other times I treat seriously things that are not normally taken as serious. I did cartoony “portraits” of Joe E. Brown, a strange-looking comedian from the mid-20th century. A group of self-portraits takes the form of memorializing busts, those disembodied heads of famous people that you see everywhere.
Overall, it’s mostly comedic with hints of the tragic wafting through at unexpected moments. I take it all very seriously.
Richard Huntington is a writer, printmaker, and painter who divides his time between Buffalo, N.Y. and San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Born in Albany, N.Y. in 1936, Huntington received a BFA from Syracuse University in 1959 and an MFA in 1963. He is Art Critic Emeritus at The Buffalo News and the author of a yet-to-be-published novel called “An Art Critic Walks Into a Bar.” His art has been in numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad.
In many of my photographs I attempt to find a concurrence of objects, images or situations that imply, but don’t state directly, a narrative. I look for ambiguities that I hope keep the photographs from being too descriptive or anecdotal.
I find myself drawn to mysterious, quirky or simply aesthetically pleasing juxtapositions and the unexpected way things happen in a given space. No matter the subject, I try to use the formal elements of the image to create a photograph that is both enigmatic and cohesive.
Over the last decade I have worked on a variety of series including documentary photographs of hand-painted wall signs (which I believe are of great cultural value, especially in this time of increasingly homogenous displays). I am often intrigued by the way that the painted object interacts with actual objects that share the space, such as a painted shoe alongside an actual electric meter on a wall.
I have also worked on images of abstracted nature, which I hope will take the viewer a moment or two to decipher or even wonder whether the image is a photograph or a painting.
I began my professional photography career in Los Angeles, CA, doing portraits, model and actor portfolios and documentation of early performance art. After moving to Buffalo NY, I worked in an art museum from which I retired in 2007 with the goal of being less productive. So far been I have been only mildly successful in that pursuit.
Bill retired from a successful career as a waterfront foreman loading and discharging ships in North Vancouver, Canada in 2014. He is now retired in San Miguel de Allende.
His detailed ink and pencil drawings, watercolours and oils are in collections throughout Mexico, Canada, Europeans the US. His artwork reflects a wide range of architectural and landscape diversity.
Bill’s desire is to immerse the viewer in the scene with the in-depth details.
Bill se retiró de una carrera exitosa con un cargo de capataz de la línea de costa de los barcos que descargan en Vancouver Norte, Canadá en 2014. Ahora está retirado en San Miguel de Allende.
Sus dibujos detallados de tinta y lápiz, acuarelas y aceites se encuentran en colecciones en todo México, Canadá, Europa y los EEUU. Su obra refleja una amplia gama de diversidad arquitectónica y paisajistica.
El deseo de Bill es sumergir al espectador en la escena con los detalles en profundidad.
Nací en la Ciudad de México y llegué a vivir a San Miguel de Allende hace casi veinte años. Cuento con estudios diversos en fotografía en la Casa del Lago de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México en la Ciudad de México, así como cursos en el Instituto Allende de San Miguel de Allende y en la Escuela Activa de Fotografía, en la ciudad de Santiago de Querétaro.
En 2002 abrí y administré por cinco años la Galería Artes México, en la cual se presentó con éxito las obras de artistas locales, nacionales y extranjeros. A partir de 2010 inicié la Galería Café MuRo, donde me enfoque a presentar el trabajo de artistas locales.
En lo particular he expuesto mi trabajo fotográfico, individual y colectivamente en diferentes espacios artisticos de San Miguel de Allende, Querétaro y la Ciudad de México.
Uno de mis últimos trabajos es la exposición “Rostros de San Miguel”, la cual es una muestra fotográfica mediante la cual el gobierno de la ciudad reconoce y exhibe publicamente a los personajes mas emblematicos de la historia y cultura de San Miguel de Allende. Dicha exposición mensual inició en 2019 dentro de las actividades de San Miguel de Allende, Capital Americana de la Cultura 2019.
Actualmente estoy preparando un libro de poemas y un cuento, y paralelamente preparando una serie fotográfica aún sin titulo definitivo que me propongo exponer en el transcurso del presente año.
Carlos MuRo / Photographer
I was born in Mexico City and came to live in San Miguel de Allende almost twenty years ago. I have studied photography at the Casa del Lago of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, as well as taken courses at the Instituto Allende de San Miguel de Allende and at the Escuela Activa de Fotografía, in the city of Santiago de Querétaro
In 2002 I opened and managed for five years the Galería Artes México, in which the plastic works of local, national and foreign artists were successfully presented. From 2010 I started the MuRo Café Gallery, where I focus on presenting the work of local artists.
In particular I have exhibited my photographic work, individually and collectively in different artistic spaces of San Miguel de Allende, Querétaro and Mexico City.
One of my latest works is the exhibition "Faces of San Miguel", which is a photographic exhibition through which the city government publicly recognizes and exhibits the most emblematic characters in the history and culture of San Miguel de Allende. This monthly exhibition began in 2019 as a part of the activities of San Miguel de Allende, American Capital of Culture 2019.
I am currently preparing a book of poems and a short story, and in parallel preparing a photographic series still without a definitive title that I intend to exhibit in the course of this year.