Left: "Red Winter Sky", 36"x24" acrylic on canvas, Toni Youngblood
I was pleased and honored to have my painting included in a review of Artists of Utah - 15 Bytes e-Zine.
The dramatic power of the color is no less evident at Sprague Library, where Toni Youngblood’s “Red Winter Sky” expresses an immense sense of formal drama. It is shaped architectonically in a wooden tabernacle frame, which complements the intensity of the painting. In it is a linear silhouette of bare tree branches upon which two birds, one higher up, two lower, sit. It is bold and starkly set against a red winter sky. The linearity of black, and the ground of red, which shifts in tones from orange to red, is a formalistic approach, using color for its elemental structural values. If one stops to consider this formal value of red, and considers the modes of expression already mentioned — literal, nonrepresentational, psychological, interpretive or compositional — one finds that each is absolutely applicable to “Red Winter Sky” and the application of either one, several or all of these aesthetic expressive modes of utility of the color red only enhances the aesthetic sensible responsiveness of Youngblood’s painting.
(From the article "50 Shades of Red: Horne Fine Art and Sprague Library Exhibits Examine the Color Red" written by Ehren Clark - Ehren Clark studied art history at both the University of Utah and the University of Reading in the UK. He is now a professional writer living in Salt Lake City.)
Full article can be found here.
Seeing Red: Works from the Wasatch Women Artists’ Collective is at the Sprague Branch of the Salt Lake City Library through March 13.
Exploring RED, a group invitational, is at Horne Fine Art through March 14.