Altamira Fine Art Opens Scottsdale Gallery

Altamira Fine Art, one of the leading contemporary western art galleries in the entire United States, opened their first Scottsdale, Arizona gallery on November 7, 2013. a great birthday present for me!

Straight from the source, here is the link to their press release for the opening: .

Amidst the splendor and crowds of a Fall First Thursday Art Walk in Scottsdale’s famed Main Street and Marshall Way arts district, Altamira’s new presence brought renowned contemporary western artists previously unrepresented in Scottsdale into the mix.

Altamira Fine Art - Scottsdale Gallery Opening November 2013

Altamira Fine Art – Scottsdale Gallery Opening November 2013

The minimalist designed gallery provides a perfect background setting for the works on display, with room for viewing and mingling in the midst of ample wall space for display.

Artists works on display for the opening night included:

John Nieto:  The legendary Western expressionist painter continues working in fresh and surprising directions, sharing his very personal understanding of his subject matter in bold and vibrant colors, works that speak to you from where memory ends and history begins.  (My article recounting a personal conversation with John Nieto in 2010 can be read at )

Billy Schenck: His iconic portrayals of Western figures and stories deeply rooted in his early Pop Art foundations that has evolved into a very unique style with his personal flair for irony and drama, and striking new black and white “half-tone” interpretive works.  He was present on opening night and commented to me (without urging – Mark didn’t do it!) on the intensive effort that these detailed images required! (My article sharing insights from a personal conversation with Bill Schenck in 2011 can be read at )

Fritz Scholder: Extraordinary and seldom seen seminal works from his ouvre of western art, part of Altamira’s very select secondary market offerings.  Stunning!

R. Tom Gilleon: Renowned for his illuminated, entrancing tepee paintings, his broad range of efforts is equally worthy of careful consideration.  His talent is unlimited!

Travis Walker: New to the Altamira “family” since we decamped from Jackson Hole, his contemporary portrayal of Jackson Hole scenes is fresh and unique – neither photo-realism nor tonalism, but uniquely Travis Walker – and uniquely Jackson Hole!

Howard Post: His very unique style draws the viewer into faithful, carefully wrought representations with telling detail of “everyday” Western themes that become virtual painted tapestries of the American West.

Glenn Dean: His plein air works capture through subject, style and pallet his remarkably true rendition of the extraordinary light of the Southwest landscape and peoples -from desert to mountains to the Coast.

Dan Namingha: His work is well known in Arizona.  A great “family show” with Dan, Arlo and other family members held the main gallery at the Heard Museum for much of 2012, and a wonderful “family tree” through generations of renowned ceramicists (potters), painters and sculptors continues to intrigue viewers there.  The taste on display here will whet your appetite for more!

From personal experience, we know that you can continue to expect great things from Director Mark Tarrant, Dean Munn (Gallery & Exhibition Director), Katherine Harrington (Director of American and Western Paintings) and the rest of the professional team at Altamira Fine Art – Scottsdale.

( Altamira Fine Art – Scottsdale is located at 7038 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A.  Visit their website at: ).


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