A traveling exhibition of more than 60 oil and gouache paintings celebrating the nation's protected Wilderness Areas.
The exhibition catalogue is available through Eyeful Press or the museums.
January 17 - May 26, 2014 | Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA August 28 - November 22, 2014 | Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure, NY December 14, 2014 - March 8, 2015 | Evansville Museum of Art, Science and History, Evansville, IN
installation views of On Nature's Terms at Evansville Museum -- to see major works in the exhibition, click here.
The paintings in On Nature's Terms are contemplations of special places where nature dominates.
"Wilderness" aptly described most of the world from time immemorial. In the last two hundred years, the balance of nature and culture has changed, and instead of dwarfing human-altered landscapes, truly wild lands are now reduced to special areas dotting the map. Still, those large and small oases of wild nature remain vibrant, if smaller, worlds.
Fifty years have passed since the Wilderness Act of 1964 was signed into law, protecting the wildest remaining lands in the United States. This exhibition celebrates the places preserved by that law places that thrive not by dint of industry and scientific progress but by the forces of nature alone, protected from significant human intrusion.
Thomas Paquette's paintings in On Nature's Terms were inspired by his journeys to federal wilderness areas all across the country. The great diversity and vitality of environments that comprise the National Wilderness Preservation System from southwest canyons and high peaks, east and west seashores, to lowland swamps and deserts are reflected in these gouache and oil paintings.. Subjects include Okefenokee Swamp in the south to Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the north, and other wilderness areas from New Hampshire to California, including places in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wyoming.
On Nature's Terms is a tribute to the effort of protecting some lands forever as wild, a gift of heritage.