El Paso artist Hal Marcus unveiled his newest art creation Tuesday in the main lobby entrance of The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus.
Marcus’ newest piece entitled, “EL PASO!” measuring 6’ x 21’, is a collection of 14 canvases that when comprised, highlight a vast collection of iconic El Paso landmarks.
The inspiration of “El Paso!” came when Hal Marcus saw pieces of art created by students from Canutillo High School. In 2016, Marcus volunteered to lecture a group of students from Canutillo High School at his exhibit at The El Paso Museum of Art. The students then created their own works of art based on pieces created by Marcus.
The students’ own art exhibit debuted at The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus in June, 2017. This series of events now has come full circle with “El Paso!” debuting at the hospital.
“I believe we were all fascinated with the students’ art work,” said Nicholas Tejeda, CEO of The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus. “To think their art inspired a renowned artist such as Hal is amazing. Art can play an important role in the healing process of patients. We’re excited to host this signature piece in our lobby for our patients, staff and community to enjoy. I envision people coming from near and far to see this painting. It will take some time to take it all in. It is a magnificent piece of art.”
“’EL PASO!’ is the largest and the most detailed piece that I have ever created. It has over 50 landmarks!,” said Hal Marcus. “The new hospital, inspired me to create this piece. When I saw the space, the light, and the wall, it triggered something, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with the students and everyone that makes our community so special. Everyone will find something new in this painting every time they view it.”
Marcus used acrylic and mixed media to create the vibrant and colorful “EL PASO!”. The piece will remain in the lobby of The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus indefinitely and is available for public viewing.
Prints are available for purchase at the hospital gift shop or at The Hal Marcus Gallery.
The KCOS Art Auction is back for 2017 and will feature more than 120 pieces available for bidding during this year’s televised event, scheduled for April 22, 23 and 29.
Some of the area’s most renowned artists are represented in this auction, including Hal Marcus, Mauricio Mora, Lyubov and Aleksander Titovets, Rudy Montoya and many more. To preview the pieces and select favorites, visit the virtual gallery online at the KCOS website.
For those community members who may be out of town or otherwise occupied during the auction, they can call KCOS (915-590-1313) and set up proxy bidding on any artwork.
For over 30 years, KCOS has hosted an annual Art Auction in support of public television serving El Paso, Las Cruces, and Ciudad Juarez.
In addition to the auction, KCOS hosts a juried art show awarding prizes in the following four categories and a Best in Show.
Local Flavor – a celebration of the best of the Paso del Norte region in all mediums
Figurative – a celebration of human form and representations of animals.
Still Life and Landscapes – still life and non-regional landscapes in all mediums.
Contemporary & Mixed media – abstract, non-objective works, three dimensional works in all media, including photography and functional art.
A list of the winners, along with pictures of the award-winning art can be found HERE. More details about the auction process, high resolution images of the art, schedules, and artist bios are online.
Art has the power to captivate in a grand scale — even when the medium is no more nine inches wide.
More than 75 EPISD high school students showed their artwork for the miniature exhibit “Private Conversations” at the Hal Marcus Gallery.
EPISD Visual Arts Facilitator Rosa Aguilar chose the exhibit’s concept — to produce an art piece that is no bigger than 9 inches or weigh more than 10 pounds — as a way to challenge the students.
“What typically happens with artists is they are used to working in a certain scale, usually in medium and large sizes,” Aguilar said. “It really is a challenge to work on a such a small scale.”
Aguilar added that artists tend to be more personal when painting in such small spaces.
“One of the things that happens when you work on a miniature piece is that it becomes a very intimate conversation,” she said. “That’s why we called the exhibit ‘Private Conversations’ because it’s a very personal space.”
For Chapin senior Raquel Croom, that personal space is one of her favorite places in the world: Japan. She used that emotional connection as inspiration for her 3×3-inch canvas painting.
“I just moved here from Japan. My painting is one of the streets in Japan where I used to walk with my friends. I miss it a lot,” Croom said.
She drew the scene from her memory, recollecting the details of the streetlights and the vibrant colors of the building.
“It was really cool to be part of this show,” Croom said. “It was very interesting working in such a small space. At first I thought it was going to be tedious working so small, but I really enjoyed it. I would do it again.”
“Lots of times when you go to college or art school they don’t really prepare the artist for the real world. It’s not just about being creative. It’s also about how you’re going to be an artist and eat,” Marcus said. ” It’s a good experience for them to see what it’s like in a commercial art gallery.”
Students had the opportunity to sell their artwork, if they chose to. They will also get a chance to discuss their pieces on Feb. 16 during an art talk at the gallery.
Aguilar collaborated with the gallery to display the students’ artwork, knowing it was the perfect venue to properly display the kind of pieces they were creating.
“When you’re working with miniatures if you have a very large space, small work gets swallowed and lost,” Aguilar said. “In a gallery like this one, which is a converted Sunset Heights home, the architecture is already intimate and so the work fits perfectly into it. It embraces it.”