Louisa McElwain at Evoke Contemporary

Louisa McElwain, Indian Lands, Lingering Snow (2001), oil on canvas

Louisa McElwain’s (1953-2013) plein air paintings, created with palette knives and trowels, capture the Southwestern landscapes with a tactile sense of immediacy. Vivid and energetic, her abstracted landscapes evoke a sense of realism through gestural applications of paint, but edge into pure abstraction. Her techniques create a sense of depth and dimensionality to her compositions. Oil of Joy, a career-spanning exhibition of her work, including a selection of never-before-seen paintings, opens with a 5 p.m. reception on Friday, Aug. 26 (through Sept. 24). The exhibit features 30 of McElwain’s paintings, which she made between 1989 and 2012.

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