OPENING RECEPTION “Stephen T. Rascoe: A Life in Art | Paintings from 1949–1980” at Foltz Fine Art

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OPENING RECEPTION “Stephen T. Rascoe: A Life in Art | Paintings from 1949–1980” at Foltz Fine Art

June 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

EXHIBIT ON VIEW JUNE 1 – JULY 3, 2024: Foltz Fine Art presents “Stephen T. Rascoe: A Life in Art | Paintings from 1949–1980,” covering a wide array of style and subject matter, unified by bold use of color and investigations of compositional structure. Drawn from some of the best remaining works in the artist’s estate, the 25 paintings on view range from pure abstraction to impressionistic naturalism.

CASETA (Center for Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art) hosts its 2024 annual symposium and art fair dedicated to early Texas art – defined as artists active at least 40 years ago – in Houston on June 21–23.

Coinciding with CASETA, Foltz Fine Art will present concurring exhibitions dedicated to taking a closer look at Texas Modernism and its links to contemporary Texas art, the highlight of the gallery being a survey exhibition as well as this “rediscovery” exhibition of paintings by Stephen T. Rascoe (1924–2008).

With this cutoff date bringing us into the 1980s, early Texas art has moved from impressionism and regionalism through modernism and post-modernism, bringing a new generation of artists into the fold, continuing the evolution of the conversation “what is Texas art?”

Rascoe was a well-known Texas artist and professor who produced a prolific body of work during the 1940s-1980s, ranging from pure abstraction and later evolving into his personal take on a kind of impressionistic naturalism.  Like many post-war American artists, Rascoe’s life and art reflects its era. Coming of age in a time of greater access allowed artists such as Rascoe to experiment with broad styles and influences to make art that reflected their changing world.

During his time at the Chicago Art Institute in the early 1950s, he was exposed to international artistic movements and styles that facilitated in cultivating a Modernist sensibility which indelibly left a mark on the artist’s work for the rest of his life.  In 2008, Rascoe passed away, leaving behind 60 years of artwork, whose stylistic development over time helps identify when works were created, with certain motifs and ideas revisited throughout his career.

While his works range in subject matter and style, there is something uniquely identifiable about his work. He frequently said that he wanted his art to be “the kind of art you’d like to live with.”


June 1
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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