Joellyn Duesberry retrospective opens at museum
Prolific painter Joellyn Duesberry, a Greenwood Village resident, opens a retrospective exhibit of her oil paintings Oct. 5 at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, where it will remain until January 12, 2014. A variety of events, classes and public programs will accompany the exhibition.
Duesberry’s website artist statement speaks of her preference for painting “en plein air,” outdoors, when weather permits. She has created an oversized easel structure that can secure her large canvases in the windy and adverse conditions she sometimes experiences, especially in the west. In bad weather, she sometimes makes monoprints from her paintings and may tear them to create collages.
“From my first landscape painting, I became a part of the landscape, with a good animal understanding of it while within it,” she said.
Paintings in the exhibit range from small canvases to massive triptychs and represent her work from the 1980s to today. Her distinctive style presents strong, swooping, sometimes swirling brushstrokes in earth tones and natural greens that draw a viewer into the site.
Primarily self-taught, she began her painting career in New York City, but in 1986, she got a National Endowment for the Arts grant to paint for a month with well- known California abstract artist Richard Diebenkorn. After that, she felt compelled to move to Colorado for its light and dark contrasts and landscapes.
She has offered workshops, on her Greenwood Village farm and elsewhere, called “Abstraction Masquerading as Landscape,” which would suggest that the Diebenkorn experience remains part of her inner makeup, after years of painting all over the world. Many canvases do verge on abstraction, although clearly landscapes.
She will exhibit in a visiting artists show at the Art Students League of Denver this fall and her “Memory Time Lapse Ground Zero” will be at the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities at the Anschutz Medical campus.
She will make three appearances at the Loveland Museum/Gallery: a members- only preview on Oct. 3, an artist demonstration at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 and a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. January 12.