Doug Maguire’s modernism is sublime, but how does that jibe? If you took Milton Avery’s simplified shapes and asked Thomas Cole to flesh out the details what century would you be in? Maguire’s landscapes are what you see when you close your eyes and imagine “landscape painting”.
These are in a grand tradition: large, sweeping, panoramic visions singled out for us to believe again in the power of earth, sky and water. His natural resources as a painter give us back what the Hudson River School painters warned us about: the disappearance of our natural resources. Look up, look down, look across. God may just be everywhere in the details.