Taryn Boals is forever enamored with the American West.
Her work is inspired by the raw emotions and movement found in the wild landscape and wildlife–but also in the wild personalities of turn-of-the-century Rocky Mountain pioneers.
And in the artist’s first solo show, “Live Edge,” at Foxtrot Fine Art in Driggs, Idaho, she has begun expanding her own boundaries.
“I have already sold four pieces in the show and met some wonderful collectors in Idaho,” Boals said.
Sophisticated in composition, Boals’ work centers on the primitive and biological essence of Western life.
“I’ve been looking at a lot of cave paintings lately — Lascaux, Altamira, and Chauvet — I feel a kinship with the artists that created them over 40,000 years ago,” the artist said.
The vast majority of her materials are even the same as these prehistoric ancestors — charcoal. The immediacy and rawness transcend the medium, breathing oxygen into each work.
“It’s honest, messy, and carries a weight when I need it to,” she said.
She says she has a need to observe and document the relationships we experience with animals in the wild and in our every day is something that comes not only from a primal place but a spiritual one.
Foxtrot Fine Art Gallery owner and painter Katy Fox is thrilled to bring Boals to Teton Valley.
“If you step back and see the skill in Taryn’s work, it is so good and so energetic,” Fox said, “with just beautiful insight into the movement and emotion she observes in her subject matter, bringing the live edge to the canvas.”
Boals’ brushstrokes are activated, focusing the canvas details down to the very breathwork of a woman standing on horseback or a herd galloping across the field. Drawn to the basic kinesiology of how inhabitants in the natural world move – in the field, around each other, amid a storm, Boals introduces strong, independent figures, that often nod to the historical and are reminiscent of German Expressionism and French Impressionism but simultaneously, utilitarian. ￼
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