Charles Field
painting by Charles Field

UTSA hosts exhibit of Charles Field landscape paintings

(Jan. 12, 2004)--The UTSA Department and Art and Art History presents the exhibition "Charles Field: The Landscape Paintings" from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 at the Arts Building Gallery on the 1604 Campus.

An opening reception is 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15 at the gallery.

Field, UTSA art professor emeritus, will show nearly 70 paintings in an expansive exhibit covering 20 years of his work. The subjects range from the wild Atlantic shores of Ireland and Nova Scotia to the calmer hills of Tuscany, to sites in San Antonio, South Texas and New Mexico.

Pictured is Charles Field and his painting, "Corpus Christi Bay," a 36-by-52-inch oil painted in 2002.

The paintings range in size from a 12-foot-long skyscape in oil to a 4-by-6-inch watercolor. Works for the exhibition were loaned from more than 30 art collections in the region.

Field, a native Californian, received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Before beginning his teaching tenure at UTSA in 1974, he was on the faculties of the University of New Mexico, the University of Texas at Austin, Western Illinois University and the American Institute for Foreign Study in London. He is a Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland. He retired from UTSA in 2002.

Field began to explore landscape painting in 1974, and, according to Diana Roberts of The Center for Spirituality and the Arts, his works document the encroachment of cities into pastoral landscapes with "an aesthetic tension in these scenes, with clues that nature is, in small ways, reclaiming itself."

Field has had more than 20 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. His work is represented in many public collections including the McNay Art Museum, the SBC Center, USAA, McGraw-Hill in New York, Austin Museum of Art, Texas Instruments, Akin Gump L.L.P., Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Texaco, Kronkosky Foundation, SBC Corporation and UTSA.

--Tim Brownlee