Clipper Staff Writer
FARMINGTON – No two artists see a tree in the same way.
The Bountiful/Davis Art Center is celebrating the possibilities of that with their joint exhibits celebrating northern Utah landscapes. Running now through Nov. 1, the exhibits show the many facets of the area’s trees and mountains.
One exhibit focuses solely on the work of LeConte Stewart, the Farmington artist that took inspiration from the quieter corners of his home state. His surprisingly delicate linework makes even bare trees seem beautiful, whether in a lithograph such as “Winter in Riverdale” or in an oil painting such as “Autumn in Eden.”
Stewart wasn’t afraid of experimenting with his own artistic vision, however. An untitled Davis County landscape by the artist is all short strokes of soft colors, the natural world built out of fragments of art itself.
In the Northern Utah Landscapes exhibit, living artists explore the territory that Stewart knew so well. Aaron Bushnell takes a minimalist interpretation with “Cricket Basket Weaving,” the trees a blur above a hatched green foreground, while Tony Rassmussen’s “Olympus” has all the crispness and bright colors of a book illustration.
Others hew more closely to Stewart’s vision. Simon Winegar’s “Wasatch Front Dynamics” shares layout similarities with Stewart, but renders everything on a bolder, more majestic scale.
Biographical information about all of the artists is displayed, along with the artists’ interpretetive statements about their work. Both can offer fascinating insights about the artist’s vision, briefly letting us see both the art and the world as a whole through their eyes.