Gallery 600 Julia features talented Louisiana artists in curated monthly shows in the front room. With a superior and varied selection of artistic style and technique, the gallery always has an impressive and changing inventory of fine paintings. Art Walk is hosted by all the galleries in the Arts District in the evening on the first Saturday of each month, usually from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
ART WALK SCHEDULE 2019: Jan 5: Carol Hallock, Swamp and Circumstance Too Feb 2: Cheryl Anne Grace, Revelry March: Group Show, Beads and Circuses Apr 6: Mickey Asche, Acadian Menagerie May 4: Jammin’ on Julia, Larry “Kip” Hayes, Gather ‘Round My Door June 1: Steve Bourgeois, Chasing The Light July 6: Linda Lesperance, Romancing New Orleans Aug 3: White Linen Night, Will Smith, Jr. Atchafalaya Actualized Sept 7 Stephanie Reed Oct 5: Art for Art’s Sake, William B. Crowell Nov 2 Charles G. Smith Dec 7: Champagne Sparkle, Carol Scott
JUNE 1, 2019: Steve Bourgeois, Chasing The Light
Bourgeois can be seen around town painting en plein air. This technique imparts an immediacy to his paintings through the heightened contrast of light and shade and color values. He paints in a rapid loose manner to capture the elusive quality of the day. A native Louisianian, he currently lives and maintains his studio in Gonzales. He studied at the Baton Rouge Fine Arts Academy and New Orleans Academy or Fine Art, as well as numerous workshops with some of the foremost artists in the country.
He began his professional career in 1989, and takes great pride in his versatility. An accomplished portrait artist, he is equally skilled in urban studies, landscape, still life and figural painting, as well as large-scale murals. As one critic sums up Bourgeois’ style of painting, “What magic! Loose, talking colors clearly describing the old hometown, not bothering to go into great detail about things. Select poets can also do this with just a few words.”
The current show Chasing The Light reflects the artist’s devotion to the demanding task of outdoor painting in Louisiana. In Louisiana, the climate, topography and insects did not encourage landscape painters until after the Civil War. The vogue for plein-air painting was even slower to be adopted. There are early 20th century photographs of artist and art educator brothers William and Ellsworth Woodward, founders of Tulane University and Newcomb College Fine Arts, taking their students outdoors to paint the towering Live Oaks in Audubon Park, the St. Tammany Pines across the Lake, and the Gulf Coast in Biloxi. Both were following the lead of the late 19th century French Impressionists and set the standard for plein-air landscape painting for generations throughout the 20th century.
Steve Bourgeois’ beautiful plein-air paintings are included in John R. Kemp’s Expressions of Place, Contemporary Louisiana Painting.
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