Derk Hansen: A Life in the Landscape
The exhibition “Derk Hansen: Minnesota Landscape Artist” displays years of creative experience gleaned from Hansen’s unique opportunities. After painting on black velvet in the 1970s, he shifted to scenes of the American West, which he researched while working on a cattle ranch every spring and fall during his mid-adult years.
These wildlife paintings, along with miniature still-life images, occupy a prominent space in Hansen’s small studio adjacent to his home in Woodbury, Minn. His delicate artworks hang only a few steps from his barn, the residence of his horse, Sassy. Hansen’s Milwaukee show will feature some 15 small paintings of Red Wing, Minn., La Crosse, Wis., the Mississippi River Valley and Balsam Lake country.
Hansen’s detailed, luminous oils reveal inspiration from Thomas Moran, one of the premier painters of the American landscape in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At his cabin, Hansen works when it’s quiet and serene—and his oils evoke the contentment he experiences when painting his home territory. As Hansen explains, “I try to reflect that we can’t control nature, only adjust to it.”
Landmarks Gallery hosts Hansen’s exhibition and reception noon-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22. Hansen will create a miniature painting on site.
Gallery Grand @ GAC
604 N. Water St.
Works by 25 local artists, including J. Karl Bogartte, Philo Kassner
and Harvey Taylor, are on display at Gallery Grand. A 4:30-7:30 p.m. reception
takes place Thursday, Sept. 20, with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.
“The Carol Show”
804 E. Wright St.
This underground art gallery presents art by Carol Curley and photography by Milwaukee’s beloved Francis Ford. An opening reception featuring Dead Man’s Carnival begins 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.