Allures of the Wild Horse Desert: Noe Perez and the Colors of South Texas

Allures of the Wild Horse Desert: Noe Perez and the Colors of South Texas

William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art Noe Perez, Blooming Cactus Landscape, 2016, oil on canvas, 30x60

Though an unapologetic fan of almost every new development in visual arts, from hack-job memes to the most esoteric conceptual practices, I've always kept a small, rent-controlled place in my affection for closely-observed and astutely handled realistic painting, such as these paintings by Noe Perez of the cactus-riddled brush lands, hard-trodden footpaths and byways of South Texas. In them, there's a real sense of place, of an oppressive sun burning off the cliches of post-impressionism. The best of them convey a specificity of place in the tradition of Wayne Thiebaud's LA, Edward Hopper's New York, and Rackstraw Downes' own series of Gulf paintings.
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