"MIDCENTURY IN THE DESERT"
February 13 - March 15, 2020
Royse Contemporary is excited to present "Midcentury in the Desert", a two person exhibition showcasing the photorealistic oil paintings of Cam DeCaussin and the black and white photography of Marilyn Szabo. This exhibition reflects upon the influences and prevalence of midcentury architecture here in the desert of Arizona. Presenting masterful artwork that highlights the beauty of the architecture and desert, accentuating the artist's use of imagery, engaging style, and strong voice. "We are honored to showcase the work of these talented artists, each creating phenomenal work, capturing the beauty and essence of the architecture within the landscape, truly connecting with their viewers," states Curator, Nicole Royse.
Cam DeCaussin is a highly skilled oil painter with a keen eye for detail and an incredible ability to capture the energy and mystery within his subjects. His work is inspired by empty, quiet living spaces and their ability to express themes of solace, sadness, separation and contemplation, influenced by the work of painter Edward Hopper and photographer Gregory Crewdson. Formally trained in the arts receiving his Bachelor's of Fine Art in Illustration from Grand Valley State University and Masters of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing from Arizona State University. His work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions including: AZ Biennial Tucson Museum of Art, Fine Art Complex 1101, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, and Renmin University. His work has been featured in such publications as: New American Painting West Competition, Inverse Conversations 2015, and Creative Quarterly 20.
Marilyn Szabo is a true creative force in Arizona culture and has worked for over twenty-five years as a photographer. Her photographic subjects vary and her work has been praised for its depth, craftsmanship and versatility. She received her Bachelors in History from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in Photography. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Triumph of Our Communities, Black and White, and Focus, In/Sights: Self-Portraits by Women edited by Joyce Tenneson Cohen. Szabo has exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in many public and private collections. Her work has garnered prestigious awards and grants (including five from the arts commission), plus she received the Alligator Juniper's 2010 National Photography Award and cover.
"Midcentury in the Desert" will open to the public on Thursday, February 13, 2020 with a special artist reception, coinciding with the weekly Scottsdale ArtWalk from 6:00-9:00pm. The evening will feature an opportunity to meet the featured artists and curator, along with light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. "Midcentury in the Desert" will be on display at from February 13, 2020 through March 15, 2020.