ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Neo primitive folk artists Isaac AlaridPease and Janet Hoelzel are exhibiting at the Mariposa Gallery. Though working within the now-popular style neither artist can claim the pure innocence required of true folk art as they both have studied and worked in the arts for many years.
Northern New Mexican AlaridPease earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the University of New Mexico in 1998. Hoelzel worked as a photographer for 20 years and then as a potter for 14 years before returning to painting at age 50.
Both artists are inspired by the matter-of-fact aesthetics found in folk art and incorporate those naive elements into their imagery.
My attraction to AlaridPease’s paintings, however, is not his affinity for street art and graffiti but his strong kinship with Bay Area figure painting from the early 1950s. The stylization of AlaridPease’s form-building brushstrokes gives a nod to both David Park and Elmer Bischoff.