February 5th, 2009

Article excerpted here by Amber Foote, Herald Correspondent

Utah artist Rob Colvin views the world through shape and color, and his exhibit “Geometry of the Land,” at the Springville Museum of Art, is a typical representation of his artistic style. “The main way I would describe my work is ‘geometrical,’ ” Colvin said. “That’s the way I’ve always seen the world.”

Colvin, a Utah resident, is a veteran freelance illustrator who has done work for various prestigious financial and technology magazines and national newspapers since 1983. He exhibits work at Gallery MAR in park City, Utah.

He began painting oil and acrylic landscapes approximately nine years ago, and is now becoming recognized for his depictions of the unique landscape and scenic formations found in southern Utah and Arizona.

Approximately 30 paintings from Colvin’s collection will be displayed at the Springville Museum of Art and will feature landscapes of mountains scenes as well as many red rock formations from national parks including Zion, Capitol Reef, Cathedral Valley, Monument Valley and others.

“The red rock in southern Utah has always inspired me,” Colvin said of the ideas for his paintings. “I’ve always been excited about design and geometry and seeing the shapes and the different values and subtlety of color.”

Springville Museum of Art director Vern Swanson said that the museum is excited to be exhibiting Colvin’s works — Swanson considers him to be one of the “great Utah painters of landscapes.” Swanson also said he feels that Colvin’s paintings of the red rock areas of southern Utah are some of his best work.

“They’re very, very powerful images,” Swanson said. “They’re big, bold, abstracted landscapes that are very stylized.”

In addition to Colvin’s characteristic red rock landscapes, he also has started a distinctive series of paintings that look like giant U.S. stamps — serrated border and current first class price are included on the larger-than-life canvas stamps, which also feature various red rock formations. Six of Colvin’s stamp paintings will be displayed.

“I’ve always loved stamps, but stamps are so small and I wanted to see them big,” Colvin said of the creative idea. “I’ve always wanted to see my work on a stamp, and so I’ve done a series of landscapes on big stamps.”

If you go… “Geometry of the Land” at the Springville Museum of Art, 126 E. 400 South, Springville. They areoOpen Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday 3 p.m.-6 p.m.