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Angus Macpherson is ‘giving a message’ through his art

“September Dream”, Angus Macpherson, 44 × 64 inches. (Courtesy of Angus Macpherson)

Famous for his incandescent cloudy landscapes, Angus Macpherson paints from memory and feelings.

The Albuquerque artist stars in a 40-year retrospective at the Sumner & Dene Gallery until August 27.

Aside from those billowing clouds, the artist paints aspen reaching the sky and snow scenes that make viewers want to curl up in their booths and read by the firelight.

Angus Macpherson in his home studio. (Courtesy of Angus Macpherson)

Macpherson’s Albuquerque roots dig deep. His grandfather he worked for the railroad in 1889. He also worked as a business director for the Albuquerque Morning Journal, the city’s first newspaper. Macpherson still visits his grandfather’s old hut at Pecos. His father was a lawyer and then a judge who wrote the Albuquerque city charter.

“I’ve been painting the sky in Albuquerque since 1983,” he said.

Macpherson graduated with a degree in economics from the University of New Mexico, but still managed to sneak into some art courses. A former ad salesman, he worked at both the Albuquerque Journal and the Tribune. But the canvas kept calling.

Like most good parents, he encouraged his artistic passions but considered them a hobby.

“I felt very, very serious about it and kept doing it,” he said. “I’ve been persistent.”

“Aspen Stand”, Angus Macpherson, 66 × 44 inches. (Courtesy of Angus Macpherson)

At 31, he risked everything by becoming a full-time painter. Since then, Macpherson has had gallery performances in Santa Fe, Aspen, Colorado, Tucson, Arizona, Scottsdale, Arizona and New York.

“Business has been fabulous for the past five years,” he said. “I have had periods of mild hunger. I think it’s closer to naive and blind luck. “

“You spend so much time caring and I keep doing it,” she continued. “I’m interested in telling a story and giving a message.”

Macpherson does not take photographs or paint in the open air. Instead, he extracts his memories of the Sangre de Cristos, the Pecos Wilderness and the Sandias for source material. Color floods his canvas in a sea of ​​acrylic lights and shadows.

“I work a lot as a watercolorist,” he explained. “The paint is really wet.”

He always looked to the sky.

“This time of year knocks me out,” he said.

Says a New Yorker critic once wrote: “As the decades go by, the paintings don’t change, but your perception changes.”

“I’ve always felt this sense of awe and awe at kicking around this planet,” Macpherson said. “The heavenly skies stun me. Things might look terrible on earth, but what a journey this is.

“Wonderland”, Angus Macpherson, 12 × 16 inches. (Courtesy of Angus Macpherson)

“Wonderland”, with its crescent moon dangling from the treetops, captures that passion.

“September Dream” emerged from the east side of the Sangre de Cristos. Pink clouds of cotton candy hover over the pines.

“Aspen Stand” reveals its distinctive perspective of looking from the ground up as the arms of the trees rise to the sky.

“I am fascinated by these giant columns that are all over the mountains,” he said. “We live in a very lively and colorful place of extreme light and extreme darkness.”

Today he exhibits his works in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Houston. He still paints in his mind when he should be sleeping.

“I get up in the middle of the night and think, ‘I know what to do now,'” she said. “Like any call, you become obsessed.”

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