Pugh’s landscapes, showing now at David Ericson Fine Art, have a characteristic style established by stark compositional choices and his use solely of the palette knife, creating short squared marks. Done repeatedly, this technique develops a graphic effect of Modernist-like reductionism, with larger areas of color sections rather than a more nuanced landscape. This effect enables a bold immediacy, resulting in something provocative for landscape—a near tactile connection between the viewer and the scene.
“Blue Roof Special” (pictured) facilitates such a connection with the viewer. Multicolored streaks of grass line the front, then one plane of grass with squared backs of black cows lead into the middle distance. A central row of grass is followed by another plane of grass toward a barn with a turquoise-blue roof. The mountainside is striped with a slightly darker shade of blue shadow against khaki. Graphic elements—streaks, the frontal plane, squared forms, the central row, the following plane, bold color, austere design—in combination bring the painting forward, and the eye in. (Ehren Clark)
Date: Nov 8, 2012
Time: All Day
Address: 418 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: David Ericson Fine Art