Dennis Liberty

Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture @ajlkn / HTML5 UP

Dennis Liberty, Artist - Paintings and Easel

Process

I have always been a son of the West. The quality of light, the wide expanses, the high mountains and the animals that inhabit the landscape speak to me as no other landscape on earth can. Every time I look at the land, I see something new.

Exploration of color is my primary activity, my eternal fascination. In this I feel a kinship with Monet, Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Rothko and Morris Louis. For me, the western landscape provides the perfect opportunity to explore color.

I have reached an age where I can look back and reflect on all the artwork I have created since I told the world at age eleven, “I am an artist.”

For the past twenty years, the themes of most of my paintings have centered on landscapes of the American West and to a much lesser extent, figure drawings created during the live model weekly drawing sessions at Third Street Arts in Albuquerque.

Borders, boundaries, edges, and the places where things meet have been constants in my work since I picked up a pencil. In nature, this is the most obvious place where two disparate elements meet – the crest of the mountains against the sky, a tree interrupting the vastness of the plains, the faintest tracks of wildlife on the edges of an arroyo.

Dennis Liberty - Laughing

Shows

30th Annual ArtsThrive! Exhibition & Benefit for the Albuquerque Museum
October 25 - December 6, 2020       Learn more...

ArtsThrive! 2020 - Dennis Liberty

Stormy Weather - New Mexico Art League Online Show
Featuring artwork depicting a variety of interpretations of the dramatic and beautiful storms in New Mexico.
September 1 - October 10, 2020       Learn more...

New Paintings 2020

A Little bit about the paintings. My hermitage during COVID-19 has given me the opportunity to look through thousands of slides and photos I’ve taken of landscapes and other scenes since the 1970s. I noticed that I haven’t used human or animal models in my paintings for a very long time. I am re-examining some of the images from over forty years ago that I painted previously. I have also discovered images that did not resonate with me back then, now they do. My painting skills have improved since the 1970s and there are things I can do now with paint that I was not able to do back then. With each passing day, my painting skills improve and bring me closer to perfection but I am still learning how to paint.

Backyard Buddy, 2020

Oil on linen, 11 x 14 in.
2020 ArtsThrive!: Art Exhibition & Benefit
Bids start at $1,750.00

I sat in my backyard reading during the mornings this past spring and early summer BunBun arrived to inspect me. For over a month, BunBun wandered around the yard nibbling on the weeds not afraid of me at all. I eventually decided to bring the camera along with my book and took a wide variety of photos of BunBun. This rabbit was perfect and I knew how to paint him/her from start to finish. I couldn’t resist the Albrecht Durer theme. The composition of the painting was secondary because I wanted to enhance the bunny. Everything was aimed towards structurally enhancing BunBun and making it entirely the center of interest. The background was challenging, however. It was all imagined from the grasses I’ve painted previously. I am especially proud of BunBun’s eye. I am very pleased with how I captured the highlights, gentleness and beauty. I feel this is the best eye I have ever painted. In September, BunBun became bored with the backyard scenery and now hangs out in the front yard. I am already excited about meeting the next generation of baby BunBuns in Spring 2021.

Winter Visitor, 2020

Oil on linen, 11 x 14 in.
2020 ArtsThrive!: Art Exhibition & Benefit
Bids start at $1,750.00

It started out with the first stanza of the poem, Antigonish by Hughes Mearns.

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
I wish, I wish he'd go away...

In January 1975, I was looking at photos of a snow scene with fresh animal tracks but I was not able to find the critter in the photo. The Mearns poem suddenly came to me. At first glance I thought it was a rabbit but the footprints were too big. As I examined the photo over and over, I eventually saw a tail in the tracks and realized it must have been a mouse. I originally painted the image in watercolor. My wife and daughter remember liking the 1975 watercolor version of that painting very much. Forty-five years later, I returned to this perfect image and repainted it in oils. Because I am older and slightly wiser, I am able to articulate to you that looking at the image I have chosen to paint is a layered process of accumulation. I am not a photorealist painter in the same league as Joseph Raffael or Richard Estes, etc. The more I examine the image, the deeper I see the color components, light, and structure that are there. My goal is to change the image into a painting and not just a reproduction of a photo. With this image, it was important to capture the blush of sunlight on the snow. It was late afternoon and the snow was pink. It was a real challenge to insert that color into the snow. I feel that this 2020 oil version of Winter Visitor is better than the original 1975 I Saw A Man… watercolor but I am quite happy with both. They were each learning experiences.

High Plains Dancer, 2020

Oil on canvas, 17 7/8 x 27 7/8 in.
2020 ArtsThrive!: Art Exhibition & Benefit
Bids start at $1,700.00

As a part of his Dress uniform, my Father, Capt. Harold F. Liberty, USN, owned a Boat Cloak that he wore to formal evening functions. I inherited it in 1976 after he died. It is a beautiful, enormous, well-made cape. The shape of the cape alone was beautiful and the model had so much fun dancing with its swing and flow that it was a painting already made. I painted the first version of this image ca. 1978-79. While going through my old slides earlier this year, the image spoke to me again, so much so that I had to re-paint it. The image is iconic because not only is it an odd structure but it is also composed primarily blues and blacks. The structure was perfect. The challenge was making the dark blues and blacks of the cape interesting. It was difficult to paint and I enjoyed the challenge.

Dennis Liberty TOO

I have always created fantasy drawings and sculpture from the time I was a kid. This took off during the 1980s and 1990s when I became one of Hudson Creek's top designers for pewter collectibles. My work was found in most gift shops in the United States and Canada. You can find some of my work on the resale markets. Search for Crystals of Zorn, Plunkvoot's Ark, and Compewter Demons, just to name a few.

I also made "forgeries," as my daughter likes to them. In reality, I made replica jewelry for Raymond's Quiet Press. It is easier to tell you the pieces I did not make that are on his website that those that I did. My forgeries, er, replicas are so good that the archeaolgist who discovered XXX piece of jewelry purchased the replica and wore it to the XXX Museum opening exhibit of the cache. He was stopped by museum security while others went to make certain the original piece of jewelry had not been stolen! This is one of my proudest moments. Thomas Crown Affair and Oceans 8.

dennislibertytoo.com COMING SOON!   My new shop will be opening soon! I have hundreds of concept art drawings of dragons, faeries, imaginary beasts, wizards, cute animals, demons, and more. I am starting out small.

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I only make the artwork. My tiny team will help you with everything else.

My Tiny Team
They all have day jobs and may not be able to respond to you immediately. Thanks in advance for your patience.

Commander In Chief, my wife: Lou Liberty
Director: Merlyn Liberty
Carr Imaging
Colorists: Paola Amado and Claudia Stephanie
Mandy Huggard, Kim Salazar, Meredith Elkins
Hyunju Blemel Photography
Orphic Workshop
Southwest Cyberport