Sandy Walker: In Nature

Sandy Walker, Spiritus Mundi, 2012 oil on canvas 72 x 48 inches (courtesy of Eli
Sandy Walker, Spiritus Mundi, 2012 oil on canvas 72 x 48 inches (courtesy of Elizabeth Harris Gallery)

David Cohen reviews the exhibition Sandy Walker: In Nature at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, on view through March 9, 2013.

Cohen writes that "while [Walker's] exuberantly brushed, improvisatory landscapes veer towards the pantheistic in a generalized evocation of nature, they also seem, and in fact are, rooted in direct observation of actual places to which the artist has deep and meaningful connection, and ecological concerns. Many, for instance, depict terrain in Washington State, where the artist has a cabin; others were painted en plein air or from sketches in such locales as Arizona. The results nicely balance visceral gusto and pictorial intelligence."