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Ventana Fine Art - Art Galleries Santa Fe NM - Contemporary Artist

A Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, NM

Ventana Fine Art is located in the historical red brick schoolhouse on Santa Fe's famous Canyon Road. For 30 years, Ventana has enjoyed the reputation as one of the Southwest's premier exhibition spaces, showcasing the best in contemporary American painting and sculpture. Our comfortable sun-filled gallery opens to two inviting, beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens, and visitors are welcomed seven days a week.


Rod Hubble

It has been a great privilege to be an artist for over 4 decades.  Only at this time in my career am I able to paint most of the things I had dreamed about for many years.  While I am capable of painting rapidly, I now prefer to paint slowly, carefully rendering soft line and value transitions.  I will probably always be a colorist, using 13 colors on my palette.  I  choose rarely to use black paint, as it is so dark and heavy, preferring luminous colorful shadows using purples and blues, or mixing a black color if it is essential. Teaching painting and drawing has been an integral part of my life, and I am blessed with talented and dedicated students.  I teach at San Juan College, in Farmington, New Mexico, as an Adjunct Instructor.  In summers I teach a select group of painters outdoors -  Plein Air Painting.  Teaching may become less, as I want now to focus entirely on painting the best things of which I'm capable.

John Axton and Jennifer Davenport: Cosmopolitan Color Contemporaries

         Ventana Fine Art presents new works by two modern masters, John Axton and Jennifer Davenport starting with a reception on Friday, June 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Technical virtuosity, exquisite balance in form and color, and original approaches to abstraction and non-objective design have brought both artists decades of success with private and corporate collectors. “Cosmopolitan Color Contemporaries”  runs through July 5.

  John Axton                            Diving for Pearls                                  10" X 14"                             Oil

 John Axton                           Diving for Pearls                                 10" X 14"                             Oil

John Axton has been with Ventana Fine Art Gallery since we opened. During this period, his simple, dramatic, often haunting imagery has created a large following. His minimal horizons - even a single marble - draw the viewer into the canvas to peacefully contemplate the fusion of reality and imagination. John was awarded a "Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award" by his alma mater, Southern Illinois University, in 1988, when they established a summer arts program in his name. 

 Jennifer Davenport                     Sea of Pearls                 60" X 60"                         Acrylic

Jennifer Davenport                    Sea of Pearls                60" X 60"                         Acrylic

What makes an abstract artist great?  Jennifer Davenport has found and applied the answers over three successful decades as a professional painter. Her work has evolved from monotypes which grace countless corporate and individual collections to paintings on canvas, and through several stylistic periods to her current phase, which is characterized by utter mastery of design and a virtuosic arsenal of technical skills. Davenport applies a formidable range of painterly powers to her naturally inventive genius for color, composition, and form.  With her innate and highly refined ability to bring the full scope of the acrylic medium’s potential to its highest and best use, namely paintings that engage the eye, the intellect, and the emotions, Davenport paintings connect effortlessly with every viewer who sees her work, from the novice to the most discerning connoisseur of fine art. 

John Axton

Artist Statment:

      As a painter, I express ideas and emotions best with light, color, and form on two-dimensional surfaces. Over more than 40 years as a professional painter, I have enjoyed the good fortune of excellent gallery representation and enthusiastic collectors who have done the talking for me.  I paint because I cannot think of a higher life purpose than to bring joy and satisfaction to others through the magic of purposeful painting. New Mexico has given me everything: phenomenal color, amazing light, magnificent nature, and wonderful people who appreciate the geography, the climate and the history. I paint every day and have never tired of learning from each session at the easel.

                      The Waters of Nambe                                              40" X 48"                                                                 Oil

                    The Waters of Nambe                                              40" X 48"                                                                 Oil

Jean Richardson

Statement by the artist:

The image of the horse is the perfect vehicle to express my true subjects; motion and energy. The horse as a real being is lovely in itself and I enjoy the power, the speed, and the physical beauty of the animal. My paintings, however, take this real image and make it a symbol. The horse as a metaphor for the human spirit; unbridled, striving, sometimes heroic, often restless, full of energy, floating above us, calling us to other realms.

I propose that this is not a new theme. Every culture has had at the center of its stories about itself a mythical figure of the horse. From the incredible images on the walls of prehistoric caves, to the tales of Norse mythology, to the modern play “Equus”, the horse has been powerfully represented in the arts.

In this tradition, but in the contemporary vocabulary of modern painting, I have tried to explore my subject and find therein my own emotional response.


Jennifer Davenport

Jennifer Davenport is one of the two artists in our up coming show in June "Cosmopolitan Color Contemporaries"

Jubilee 60" X 60" Acrylic

Jubilee detail

One of many outstanding aspects of Jennifer Davenport current body of work is an entrancing fusion of strength and softness.   Davenport understands principles like dominance and subordination in color design, harmonious shape-building, textural interest, opacity, translucency, rhythm, and exquisite balance. That deep grasp makes her paintings treasures of visual information, with every element relating essentially to every other in seamless coherence.  Davenport offers the spectator infinite points of embarkation for the imagination and the soul. Exciting, soothing, fascinating in close-up and at distance, Jennifer Davenport’s paintings invite and stand up to repeated viewings, always yielding something fresh and heretofore undiscovered. 

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