FARMINGTON — In art, nature can transcend reality.
Artists Don Prys and Jodi Steen are proving just that with their current exhibit at the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, which is closing this Friday. The father-daughter duo bring different levels of abstraction to their landscapes, retaining the feeling of the natural world even though the shapes change.
Though Prys’s work includes some realistic landscapes, his most interesting pieces almost seem to melt trees and mountains into impressionistic swirls. Brambles become a beautiful inky latticework in “Amber Days,” and an autumn day seems to become fire in both “Sunrise” and “Aspen Grove.”
Steen’s work is more abstract, transforming skies and fields into blocks of solid color. Though most are made up of blues, browns and golds that correspond directly to what they’re representing, she’s not afraid to use a bold swath of red as well.
It’s the small details that make each painting special, from the careful plow lines and distant shafts of wheat in “Green Space” to the delicate smears of a rain-filled sky in “Showers for the Harvest.”
The Bountiful/Davis Art Center is located on the second floor of the Davis County Memorial Courthouse in Farmington. The courthouse is next to the new county building.