MICHAEL ETIE (American, b. 1948)
    West Texas Sunset
    Oil on board
    24 x 36 inches (61.0 x 91.4 cm)
    Signed lower right: M. Etie

    Austin artist Mike Etie is a master when using dramatic, brilliant colors to imbue the Texas landscape with an emotional life independent of its often overwhelming beauty. Working in oil and pastels, he travels around the state to find inspiration for these stunning depictions. Etie is quickly becoming known for pictures that are both beautiful and expertly executed. Perhaps the most refreshing aspect of his work is that Etie eschews the tendency of living Texas artists to create artworks which rely too heavily on traditional approaches to the Texas landscape in favor of a fresh and beautiful style. Many of the best known Texas landscape painters have long looked primarily to Impressionism for inspiration. Despite the fact that, like most of the Impressionists, he almost always paints real places en plein-air, his style has more in common with Post-Impressionism. The expressive use of a brilliantly saturated palette evokes the ecstatic intensity of color found in Fauvism; sometimes stylized depictions of forests, trees, and vistas recall Japanese and tribal art of the nineteenth-century; and abstract and decorative patterns emerging independent of the represented subject are all common trends in the works of Post-Impressionists like Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin. Mike Etie is an exciting artist whose work represents a new evolution in the long Texas of tradition of landscapes. Individually, these stunning artworks speak for themselves.

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