Zion Skies was made by local artist Roland Lee. Lee is an internationally known watercolorist and acrylic painter. Lee graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971 with a degree in art. He focuses on transparent watercolor, a technique which does not use white, black, or opaque paints. As a member of the National Watercolor Society, Lee's illustrious career has spanned over fifty years. The St. George Art Museum is lucky to house several of his paintings.
Roland Lee will be hosting our monthly Art Conversation in November 2022. For more information about this, please visit our Art Conversation page by clicking here.
Watercolor art is always stored behind glass. Watercolor paint can break and bleed when exposed to high humidity, as the water in the air can start to leech into the thin paper. This is less of an issue with acrylic pieces, which are done on canvas, a thicker material that can more easily withstand changes in moisture levels.
However, humidity and temperature control are a big deal for any and all preservation work. If a museum is too hot or too cold, the humidity levels will begin to shift. If something is too wet, it could start to mold. Too dry, and the paint might begin to crack, or canvases may start to shrink. In natural science museums, bone has to be kept at a consistent level of humidity, or else it, too, can crack in dry air. For this reason, museums of all kinds keep a strict eye on their heat and humidity levels.
However, humidity and temperature control are a big deal for any and all preservation work. If a museum is too hot or too cold, the humidity levels will begin to shift. If something is too wet, it could start to mold. Too dry, and the paint might begin to flake, or canvases may start to shrink. Other materials, like bone and glass, can also become more brittle, or even crack, due to shifts in temperature and humidity. Here at the St. George Art Museum, we conduct twice-daily readings of our moisture levels in order to better facilitate our ability to preserve our artwork.
Desert Sunset is a batik piece. “Batik” is an Indonesian form of dyeing cloth, originating on the island of Java. The batik process is achieved by putting wax onto the cloth using a tool called a tjanting, or “canting.” The wax resists dye, which allows parts of the fabric to be dyed selectively, allowing for a broad range of colors and patterns.
National batik day is October 2nd. (Source)
Audrey Taylor is a multi-disciplinary studio artist living and working in St. George, UT. She specializes in abstract expressionist painting, and modern geometric sculpture. Her work can be seen at Arrowhead Gallery, Art Provides, Sunset Framer and Gallery, Caffe Elevato, and River Rock Roasting Co.
What motivates Audrey to create is a desire to “feel with” the viewer of her work. We all experience joy, rage, grief, stillness, etc--Audrey wants the viewer to see her art and know that someone out there has felt what they feel—even the hard feelings. She believes art is one of humanity's highest forms of connection and transcendence.
Originally from Phoenix, she has traveled all over the globe and lived with her husband and kids in Nicaragua, Hawaii, and Costa Rica.