Western Works on Paper Opens January 16th, Jean Cole and Leon Loughridge

Posted: 12/29/2013

Morada in Taos, Leon Loughridge 

 Western Works on Paper,
 Jean Cole and Leon Loughridge
 January 16th-February 22nd.

The gallery is delighted to announce a new exhibition, Western Works on Paper, a show that focuses on watercolors and woodblock prints by renowned artists Jean Cole and Leon Loughridge. The show will run from January 16th to February 22nd.  Join us for an artists opening reception January 16th, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Morada in Taos, Leon Loughridge


 Jean Cole Cowgirls

As Denver celebrates many facets of western American art during the month of January, Tam O'Neill Fine Arts presents new works by Leon Loughridge and Jean Cole. Cole, a technical master, and signature member of the American Watercolor Society has expanded her repertoire, and this show introduces her new watercolors of ranch life, most focusing on women engaged in the everyday life of a working ranch. Most, if not all, of the scenes are taken directly from her own observations of ranch hands and "cowgirls" she personally knows.




Loughridge is well known for his woodblock prints and watercolors that celebrate the beauty of the Southwest, as well as for his own small-press books that combine his artwork with commissioned poetry. He is an accomplished woodblock artist, having studied Japanese techniques in addition to Western methods. This show exhibits past work but also debuts some new landscapes and scenes from New Mexico and other areas in and around the Colorado Rockies. A special workshop will be presented in the gallery on Saturday, February 1st from 1pm to 4pm. Loughridge will set up his traveling printing press in the gallery and give ongoing demonstrations of his fascinating woodblock printing techniques.

JEAN COLE: Cole graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in design and pursued a career in interior design before returning to her great love, watercolor, in the early 1980s. Her glazing technique and the brilliant use of color in florals and still lifes have led to numerous awards including Best of Show at the Rocky Mountain National and the Paul Schwartz Memorial Award from the AWS. She is also a member of the National Watercolor Society, the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society, and the Colorado Watercolor Society. Her work has been published in Best of Watercolor 2, Basic Flower Painting, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor, and The Artist's Magazine. Jean's work has been in galleries around the country and is in prominent national and international collections including the Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art, Storage Tech, and the Sisters of Charity Healthcare System.

LEON LOUGHRIDGE: Raised in the open ranchland of northern New Mexico, Leon developed an affinity for the Southwestern landscape. Stationed in Germany while in the army, he was able to travel extensively throughout Europe, visiting museums and keeping sketching journals. In addition, he studied painting techniques of the old masters for two years, finishing by copying a Franz Hals at the Stuttgart Staatsgalerie Art Museum. On his return to Colorado, Leon began to study intaglio techniques. In 1998, Leon purchased his first letterpress and received immediate success with the woodblock prints he produced. The layering of color in the woodblock process allowed him to better capture the atmospheric qualities of the southwestern landscape that have such a strong meaning for him. Leon has continued to develop his printmaking skills and currently owns a publishing company, producing his reduction-style woodblocks as well as limited-edition books. His woodblocks are exhibited nationally and collected by numerous museums. Loughridge's work may also be seen during the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale.

Hope you can join us!



ABOUT Tam O'Neill
Tam O'Neill lives in Denver, Colorado and is an academically trained printmaker who collects, buys, sells and writes about prints.