The delightful and always intriguing work of Maureen O’Hara Ure, where small and mysterious creatures abound, was recently seen in the Faculty Show at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah where she lectures and can also be seen nicely displayed on the second floor of Phillips Gallery, where she long has been associated. “Last May,” she tells us “I had the opportunity to spend two weeks drawing on-site in central France. For this project, research funded by the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah, my itinerary focused on the Romanesque frescoes and stonework in Burgundy’s abbeys and churches. While medieval imagery has been a major influence on my paintings for over a decade, and for all of that time, travel sketchbooks have been an essential part of my painting practice, this project moved my sketchbooks to the forefront of a project. Back in the studio, I am refining 20 of the stronger pages in my Burgundy sketchbook to form a new small volume. I will collaborate with designer Whitney Shaw to prepare the chapbook to be published under my imprint, The Hand in Glove Press.”
Every January we check in with Utah artists to see what the new year holds in store for them.