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Schenck’s Utah: A Land Less Traveled at Modern West

Salt Lake City
Jan. 21 – Mar. 11

Public Opening Reception | January 21, 6-8 PM

“Utah is my favorite place on Earth.” – Billy Schenck 

Modern West is honored to debut an exhibition of nineteen new paintings by Billy Schenck in his first-ever  landscape-only exhibition. Comprised specifically of Utah-specific landscapes, the exhibition, Schenck’s  Utah: A Land Less Traveled, will be on display January 21 through March 11, 2022. The Public Opening  Reception will be held January 21 from 6-8pm, with the artist in attendance. All are invited to attend. 

Early in his career, Schenck became known for utilizing cinematic imagery, reproduced in a flattened,  reductivist style, where colors are displayed side-by-side rather than blended or shadowed. His art  incorporates techniques from Photo-Realism and Pop Art to both praise and mimic classic western images.  His work is characterized by hot colors, surreal juxtapositions, and patterning which explores clashes  between wilderness and civilization, the individual and community, nature and culture, freedom and  restriction. For these new paintings, isolated Utah landscapes take front stage over the dramatic western Pop  figures of his past works. These landscape paintings intentionally focus on the grand details of his favorite  place on earth, from color-pairings which highlight the less-traveled aspects of the Utah wilderness to  concentrated forms found only within the Utah desert: pluming clouds, grand mesas, and forlorn fenceposts  and tombstones. While the Utah desert weathers continuously, Schenck’s take on Utah is bold, monumental,  and vibrantly long-lasting. 

Schenck’s work can be found in numerous major collections throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, Denver Art Museum, The Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Booth Western Art  Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, and many more. Schenck’s work has been the subject of seven museum  retrospectives, including The West as It Never Was, at the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art. 

Through a growing partnership between Modern West and Southern Utah Museum of Art, an exhibition in  Cedar City will run simultaneously. “What Maynard Dixon was for his era, I am for mine and through the rest  of the 21st century,” said Schenck when discussing the exhibitions in Utah. The exhibition at SUMA is a  retrospective of the artist’s work and showcases 28 works in his distinctive style. Billy Schenck: Myth of the  West, along with Andy Warhol’s Cowboys & Indians, will be on display January 19 through March 19, 2022.  

About Modern West: 

Modern West is a gallery created by Diane Stewart to support established and emerging contemporary artists  who, in compelling and varied ways, reframe our understanding of the West. Through thoughtful exhibitions, the  gallery illuminates both new and historical bodies of work that are relevant and meaningful for today’s audiences. 

Modern West Fine Art | 412 South 700 West | Salt Lake City, UT | www.modernwestfineart.com

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