HAROLD "BUCK" WEAVER
Two artists devoted to
depicting western land and life, Buck Weaver and Don Louis Perceval, have a
joint exhibition at the Cowie Galleries, Biltmore, through Jan. 6. Both men have
spent much time in Arizona and New Mexico. Weaver, once a cowboy, was friend,
almost disciple, to the late Maynard Dixon and has long traveled on painting
trips with James Swinnerton.
Lived Among Indians
Perceval lived long among the Navajo who, with their horses, appear in many of his carefully drawn and designed watercolors. He is the author of a Swiss-published book on the anatomy of the horse. Weaver's pictures are oils of medium size depicting desert land and desert mountains in various lights and weathers. These are truthful works, never showy, which capture distance, atmosphere and light through finely controlled use of color harmony and tonal contrast. My favorite is "Desert Road." Perceval is an accomplished watercolorist in the British tradition of delicate line drawing and transparent washes. Besides Navajo subjects he shows a series of fine papers of High Sierra peaks and lakes. An instructor at Pomona College, Perceval assembled a distinguished exhibition, "Art of Western America," there in November, 1949.
"Open Range" is one of Buck Weaver's paintings of the Southwest at the Cowie Galleries through Jan. 6.
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