Texas Contemporary Art

June Mattingly

More photographs from my travels to Africa.

These photos were taken during three trips to Africa.

I especially enjoyed the first trip I took with The San Diego Zoo.

We camped out the whole time, I never stay in a hotel if I have to, especially in Africa!

The one of my first animal sightings was of a baby leopard walking around on the ground, which is a very rare thing to see because leopards usually stay up in the trees. I was so excited that my hands were shaking and I fumbled with my camera too long to get a photo of  this amazing site, but it is burned in my memory forever.

Luckily I was able to capture some great shots that I would like to share with you now of a rhinoceros, a gorilla from Rwanda and  I also added a few more photos that I cherish of the East African Elephants. All of these animals are so incredible, so invaluable, and DEFINATELY worth preserving and protecting from extinction. Treasuring photographs of these creatures is not enough, we have to treasure these animal lives as if our own lives depended on it, because in actually it does.  Animal lives matter!


Rhino 20

Wild June 22

Gorilla 21

Elephant 4

Elephant 18

Elephant 10

Elephant 17

Elephant 7


June’s Pictures of East African Elephants.

These photos were taken during three trips to Africa.

I especially loved my first trip I took with the San Diego Zoo.

Elephant 1


Elephant 2


Elephant 5

Elephant 3

Time magazine reported in the first 2015 March issue that 30,000 male elephants have been killed in the last ten years, really slaughtered, for their ivory. This gruesomely amounts to close to 80 a day or nearly four elephants poached every hour. Just the thought makes me grieve. How can anyone perform such an inhuman, cruel act?  For years I protested in person under the auspices of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals the circus for using captive elephants and tigers for entertainment.  Below are pictures I took of these magnificent creatures on three safaris. One time I stood five feet from an elephant and had no fear.  When I was on the board of the Dallas Zoo I co-hosted a party for the Wilds of Africa honoring Jane Goodall. The New York Times On Sunday March 15, 2015 had a major article on her efforts to save her chimpanzees. Rhinos for their horns and gorillas reportedly are meeting the same terrible fate!  Where are the World Wildlife Fund, the United States and other aware, conservation-focused organizations and governments?

Elephant 12


Elephant 15

Elephant 14


Roger Winter

Union Square

Union Square, oil on linen, 72×120″, 1988


Faxa Bay, oil on linen, 50 x 84", 2014

Faxa Bay, oil on linen, 50 x 84″, 2014

Berit’s Iceberg

Berit’s Iceberg, oil on linen, 28 x 108″, 2013

Roger Winter is a fine painter and a professor emeritus of painting and drawing at SMU.

In the fall of 2014, Kirk Hopper’s gallery in Dallas presented the work of 45 of Roger’s past students including one who teaches ex-President George Bush, who was in attendance, and Dan Rizzie, one of Dallas’ established artists.  This gallery opening was the most exciting one in 2014; jam packed with celebrities, so much so the secret service was everywhere from car parkers to guards inside.

Roger taught art at SMU for 26 years.  Two of his students, John Alexander and David Bates are so renowned in their careers they appear in the two editions of my e-books “The State of the Art: Contemporary Artists in Texas (2012 and 2013). John was born in 1945 in Beaumont, lives in New York and David was born in Dallas in 1952 where he lives.  Both John’s and David’s prints are represented by Pace Editions, affiliated with the world known Pace Gallery in New York one of their connections due to their talent but also from studying under Roger.

Roger was born in Denison in 1934 and in 1956 he received a BFA at the University of Texas in Austin. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, a non-profit, gave Roger a solo in 2012 and in 2011 one of his other galleries, Gerald Peters in Santa Fe gave him a solo.  Don’t galleries credited with giving Roger solos starting in 1963: Murray Smither, Gene Binder, Fishbach, Edith Baker, Delahunty, and Chapman Kelly bring back pleasant memories to a lot of you?   Also, familiar are the names of the important critics/museum directors who praised his art in reviews and articles: Ted Pillsbury, Grace Glueck, Janet Kutner, Charles Dee Mitchell, David Dillon, Douglas McAgy, and Bill Marvel.

Susie Kalil, the distinguished writer of the biography of the early Texas landscape painter Alexander Hogue published by the University of Texas Press in her essay for Hopper comments “Yet all of the landscapes and portraits are rendered as if by virtue of a stare that never seems to end.  Winter captures the spirit of diverse locales and environments, from arid plains of West Texas and snowy fields of rural Maine, to congested intersections of New York City.  But to say Winter is a simple-minded realist is to miss all the ways that he fuses precise observation with structural rigor and painterly sensuality.”



Peter Ligon

Oil on panel, 9x12", 2014

Driveways, oil on panel, 9×12″, 2014

Oil on panel, 11x14", 2014

DTC, oil on panel, 11×14″, 2014

oil on panel, 11x14" 2014

Back of El Si Hay, oil on panel, 11×14″ 2014


Oil on panel, 11x14", 2014

Garage on Gano, oil on panel, 11×14″, 2014

Two extraordinary Texas landscape painters and art instructors whose backgrounds are similar but whose renderings bear little resemblance

Peter Ligon’s show at REGallery was one of the best gallery shows in 2014.

Peter is known for using slow drying oil paint on wood panels, a traditional technique, in the actual location. The majority of Peter’s images are in Dallas where he lives and from where he commutes to teach at Eastfield Community College and the University of Texas at Dallas.  His Master’s degree is from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and his BFA is from the University of North Texas in Denton.

“Bows and Arrows, Bryan St,” in his December, 2014 show titled “aka Hand Crafted Paintings by Peter Ligon” exemplifies his involvement and skill as a painter to create wonderfully bold-colored, recognizable, and  minimalistic site-specific buildings. The site in this piece is situated across the street from Jimmy’s, a very established Italian restaurant/market just off of Fitzhugh Avenue, closed on Sundays.  Peter missed the previous Sunday to watch a Cowboy game, so the following Sunday – he chose Sundays to avoid dog walkers, block exercisers and cars obstructing the view the other six days of the week – was uncomfortably cold.  To show flexibility in his artistic habits, he took a picture of it that he put on his laptop screen and painted it in his not much warmer studio.  This painting was destined to be marked “do not touch” because it did not have time to dry completely before its installation in December in his show.

“It is so common for artists to paint from photographs today…I believe dangerously common.  Its flatness, stopped-time look and palette permeate so much artwork with the consequence of looking like it is about photography, rather than anything else intended.  It is a huge crutch/convenience that is not silent, even though many think so.  I have no problem with artists who employ photos, but I do have a problem when artists deny the effect of its ‘condition.’”