Texas Art House | Past Exhibitions
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Past Exhibitions

Time and Lines: Pecos Pryor

May 18 – June 29, 2019

After a long career of experiencing a lot of art, it is very rare that I encounter new contemporary art that stuns me by its depth of heart and its breadth of mind. That happened when I saw the work of Pecos Pryor for the first time.

It wasn’t because his woodcuts, etchings, and lithographs, etc. are perfectly crafted and meticulously presented, nor because of their high beauty factor, though all of those factors contributed. And it wasn’t because Pryor has a way of describing his work in a simple but intelligent way, though that also provides one a sense of his strong curiosity about the world.

No, I was moved by Pryor’s work because of the “unforeseen meaning” that permeates it. As an artist, he approaches fundamental human themes—common labor, hand tools, and light-industrial materials—and transforms them into something poetic. For example, one would not foresee that a pile of pencil shavings could be so reticent with meaning. But there it is in his photograph, Two Years, singing to our eyes and our hearts like the lyrics of a visual troubadour.


Transitional Spaces: Kay Whitney & Catherine Lee

March 2 – April 27, 2019

Texas Arthouse is pleased to invite you to this exhibition by two internationally recognized artists. A color catalog with an introduction by Mark Smith and an essay by Lilly Wei will be available at the gallery. As Wei writes: “Part of the pleasure of the pairing is how they bounce ideas off each other’s work and let us do the same; another pleasure is the gradual discovery of the commonalities between them.”


Unconstraint: Caroline Wright + Steve Reynolds

December 1, 2018 – January 20, 2019

I discovered Caroline Wright’s work when she made four etchings at Flatbed Press in 2012. She exhibited an aesthetic confidence that was unusual for a young artist. Her line etchings, enhanced by painterly spit-bite aquatinting, were simultaneously energetic and poetic.

Years later—in about 2017—I saw some of her paintings in person. They were botanically based, but she pushed them toward a colorful abstraction that was a rare mixture of figurative and expressionistic. It had vitality and spirit. Then, in a 2018 visit to her Austin studio, I discovered her new series of paintings on paper. They had the same vibrant intensity as her flower-based work, but she had embedded it into a soft sunrise of minimalism. Those are the ones that confirmed this exhibition of her work.

Then I saw some work that seemed like it should be shown with Caroline’s work. It had a parallel soulfulness, and yet, was perpendicular to her work in a positive way. Occasionally, one encounters some previously unseen art, and it immediately speaks to one’s heart. That’s what happened when Catherine Lee introduced me to the late Steve Reynolds’ work (1940-2007). In the catalogue of the large traveling exhibition of his work that she curated in 2011, I saw a huge collection of a very prolific artist. But it was his small white porcelain pieces that seemed just right to combine with Wright’s subtly colorful works.


Fresh Ink: Flatbed Press Prints

June 30 – November 25, 2018

Texas Arthouse Contemporary Gallery and Mark Smith are proud to present “Fresh Ink: Flatbed Press Prints”. This exhibition features selections from Smith’s collection of impressions made at the iconic collaborative printmaking studio in Austin. The first in a series of such shows, this one focuses on a variety of styles, subjects, mediums, and sizes. Consisting of etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, and monotypes, these limited- edition multiple originals are all hand crafted by the artists on archival rag papers, each signed and numbered by the artist. Don’t miss this chance to see these masterworks.


Denny McCoy: All & Nothing at All

May 5 – June 9, 2018

In the Western world from the Renaissance to around 1880, the agreed upon definition of art was: art is the imitation of nature.  Over centuries artists worked to create the illusion of three dimensional space on a two dimensional surface. Linear, aerial, atmospheric perspectives came into play; foreshortening figures and overlapping images became tools of the artist who gave the viewer a painting that seemed like a window through which you could see the world: people, places, landscapes.

But in the late 19th century artists like the French Fauve, Maurice Denis, thought this: a painting is essentially a flat surface covered with colors arranged in a certain order.

What? A painting did not have to represent something…no window to look through…no sense of walking a path from fore-ground to middle ground to back ground?  Was it permitted that a painting could exist just for itself as an object with no reference to the seen world?

More than 130 years have passed since the Post Impressionists challenged the definition of art and it is to be said that many of us still have some difficulty looking at the art of today.

Artist Denny McCoy doesn’t make it easy.


Jay Shinn: Silver Moon

March 17 – April 28, 2018

Jay Shinn’s art is an enigma. It is both complicated and simple. On first glance it grabs one’s attention by light, especially in the pieces involving neon. Comparisons to Dan Flavin’s work are common. But as one approaches, it becomes apparent that there are many more layers to Shinn’s work.

Color is the other feature that commands attention for a viewer, such as in his new series “Inflorescence”. His work clearly celebrates a vivid variety of hues. But his choices of those colors are meticulous and yet peaceful. Each hue has enough intensity to demand our attention, yet there is a softness that feels mindful, almost meditative. Some viewers experience a kind of spirituality in his works, which the exhibition title piece—Silver Moon–evokes.



September 30 – October 21, 2017

Texas Art House is pleased to present a group sculpture exhibition – CRYPTIDS – curated by Catherine Lee, and featuring sculptors Sarah Fox, Ken Little, Jared Theis and James Tisdale. The exhibition will be on view January 20 through March 10 with the Artist Reception/Talk on Saturday, January 27, 5-7 pm, Talk at 6 pm, led by Catherine Lee.

These four impactful artists utilize “diverse materials including glazed ceramic, sewn leather, video, music, textiles, cast bronze, assemblage, paper mache, paint, wood… any material or method that will realize these uncanny beings.”

Cosmic Order. series:mosiac. 2017. 1/25. gelatin silver. 18 x 12.

Burton Pritzker: Alternate Premise

October 28, 2017 – January 13, 2018

Texas Art House is pleased to present Burton Pritzker in a solo exhibition ALTERNATE PREMISE October 28 through December 30 2017. Opening Reception is Saturday, October 28, 5-7 pm. The exhibit features work from a new series ‘Mosiac’, selections from past series and presents his video “Riding the Ox’. Pritzker collaborated with curator and art historian Mark L. Smith, PhD on the exhibit.

All of Pritzker’s black and white photography is produced optically, on film and printed in a traditional darkroom. The color work is shot on color transparency film, high resolution Imocon scans are made, fine tuned in Photoshop and printed as carbon pigment prints on 100% rag watercolor paper. None of the original imagery was created using digital photography.

Sally Weber installation of 'in flux'

Sally Weber: In Flux

September 30 – October 21, 2017

Sally Weber’s solo exhibition ‘in FLUX’ held September 29 – October 21, 2017 showcased light installations, holography and dimensional imaging. The exhibition included an Artist Talk with Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, independent curator and arts writer.

Weber works with light – its color and movement through time in a particular place. She began exploring the potential to integrate holographic materials into architectural environments in the early 1980’s,has produced numerous public art installations and exhibited widely throughout the US and abroad.

out of the dark. 60x36x4. 2017. beeswax, pigments, resin on corrugated and archival cardboards. Winston Mascarenhas.

Winston Lee Mascarenhas

LIFE FORCES | kinetic rhythms

August 19 – September 23, 2017

Texas Art House presented Winston Lee Mascarenhas in a solo exhibition LIFE FORCES: kinetic rhythms August 18 through September 23, 2017. Exhibited were new works utilizing an encaustic technique imparting a rich and fascinating texture to his art. Winner of the highly coveted Hunting Prize in 2014, Mascarenhas received his Masters of Letters in Fine Art Practice, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Born in Laredo, he now lives and works in Dallas.

Mascarenhas states – “My frames of reference are manifested in this new body of work with a deep rooted sense of the Life Force and it’s rhythms. A quiet calming movement ever present, there is a sense of the elements of nature in the
visual experience and encouraging conversations of contemporary social and eco-political concerns. “

IMPLOSION IV 36x48 2012 acrylic on canvas Mars Woodhill

Mars Woodhill: Of This Earth

July 8 – August 12, 2017

Texas Art House presented Mars Woodhill in a solo exhibition of the earth July 8 through August 13. Her work references geological and biological influences – a work may suggest the interior of a mineral formation, a distant view of an undiscovered world, or the beginnings of a new life form.

Woodhill says, “My work depicts energy and movement. I seek to examine the elements that produce change, whether in nature or within an individual’s inner world. As I delve into adaptation to boundaries, and convergence/divergence, some of my paintings freeze a moment of explosive energy, while others provide a meditation on life’s beginnings. Both express progression and vitality.”


Rachel Gardner: Encounter

June 3 – July 2, 2017

Exhibited were Gardner’s life sized mixed media sculptures of wild wolves, ravens and deer carcasses conveying stories of life, death and rebirth. Also on view were photographs, in collaboration with photographer Michael Loyd Young, of the sculptures integrated into the Texas Hill Country natural landscapes.

Gardner has exhibited widely in Texas including solo exhibitions at the Galveston Arts Center in 2016 and as a visiting artist at Molzberger Academy of Fine Arts, Hilmsen, Germany in 2015. She has her MFA from Houston Baptist University and currently is an adjunct professor at HBU.


Margo Sawyer: Synchronicity of Color

April 29 – May 26, 2017

In addition to new wall installations and the large, important sculpture ‘synchronicity of color – yellow cube”, several work study drawings from her Fall 2016 Brown Foundation Fellowship Program grant at the Dora Maar House in Southern France were presented. Designated the 2015 Texas State 3-Dimensional Artist by the 84th Texas Legislature, Margo Sawyer creates installations which translate the notion of an ancient sacred space into a contemporary vocabulary.


McKay Otto: Ever a Kiss Ever

March 18 – April 22, 2017

This solo exhibition of McKay Otto’s current work introduced a new series of luminous sculptures ‘ever know ever’. Otto continues to develop and explore his examination of the dimensional relationships that exist between drawing, painting, and sculpture. His work frees the two-dimensionality in painting creating art which goes beyond physicality. As the artist states – “This work serves as a vehicle for us to look inside and find the innermost echoes that pierce through us. It may serve as a metaphor for humanity’s capacity to transcend itself.”

detail of Tommy Fitzpatrick tri-bearing truss 2017 30 x 24 acrylic on canvas

Tommy Fitzpatrick: Recognition of Sight

February 18 – March 12, 2017

‘recognition of sight’ followed Fitzpatrick’s progression as an artist, offering a rare opportunity to see the sculptures, created from found materials, which form the basis for his paintings.



January 21 – February 12, 2017

“past/present” explored the relationship between rarely shown EARLY WORKS for four highly recognized artists: Catherine Lee, McKay Otto, Margo Sawyer, and Joan Winter.



November 12, 2016 – January 8, 2017

“pure” featured the works of seven contemporary Texas artists: Joseph Cohen, Karen Hawkins, Catherine Lee, McKay Otto, Beverly Penn, Margo Sawyer, Joan Winter.

Texas contemporary artists in Hill Country Austin Felice House Peggy Weiss Barbra Riley Christa Blackwood

Inherent Nature

September 17 – November 5, 2016

“INHERENT NATURE” featured eight Texas artists exploring nature as a metaphor for aspects of the human condition. Showcased artists exhibited a broad range of medium and styles including photography, paintings, sculpture, drawing and mixed media.

Unlimited art exhibition - mosaic of works by Page Piland, Syd Moen, Jane Eifler


June 25 – September 10, 2016

“unlimited” celebrated the unlimited diversity and remarkable vision of Texas artists. Showcased artists exhibited a broad range of medium and styles including paintings, sculpture and mixed media.


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