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BIO

self portraitRebecca Hoyer was born in Chicago but has moved about, living in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Boston, New York and now Wichita. She studied Graphic Design at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and with Knox Martin at the Art Students League in New York.

Since arriving in Wichita, she has been working with the local landscape, trying to identify what makes it both distinctive and beautiful. She paints familiar things — trees and houses — in a style that is both pastoral and radical.

 

A resident of Wichita’s College Hill neighborhood, Rebecca is an active member of the creative community. She recently completed two paintings commissioned by the Wichita Art Museum to promote their new Art Garden, and her work has taken up residence in the collections of the Wichita Mark Arts, Emprise Bank, and the Kansas Health Foundation and the Wichita Art Museum.

 

Working in both watercolor and oil, the essence of her art is the drawing. A scene is drawn numerous times as the framing is established and the individual elements arranged and elaborated. When the drawing is complete, she turns to the surface, experimenting with colors and textures until the work is complete. Variations are created as she commits the painting to different media.

 

New work can be seen in Wichita at Reuben Saunders Gallery, and in Manhattan (Kansas) at the Strecker Nelson West Gallery.

 

STATEMENT

watercolor of branches making patterns in the wind by HoyerDrawing for me is a meditative, repetitive practice. I experiment until I solve the puzzle of how to render the chaos one sees into a series of lines. The line that divides the page. The line that zig-zags up an evergreen tree. The circular line of a sidewalk, the edge of a house. Each line is a separate discovery.

I’ve always worried that I work too slowly. I often do 50 drawings before I start painting. But I have come to realize that this is the part I enjoy. I edit and refine. I am not trying to reproduce, even in an abstract way, a photograph. I am creating a vocabulary, a labyrinth of shapes. A stack of triangles becomes the shadows in a tree. A half-ellipse becomes a sheltering tree umbrella.

 

I like everything in the right place and to line up, to balance. It calms the chaos. I paint houses and trees because they are adversaries. I am telling the story of how these two forces live together. Houses want permanence. They are a pile of bricks and want to be left alone. Trees want change. They want to grow. They make more trees. They crack sidewalks and bring down chimneys.

 

For example, I walked by a little gray house on a gray day. There were five skinny trees growing up and around it. Their branches were swaying and playing in the wind. The forlorn little house was down below unable to join the fun. That story is a painting.

 

Another day, as I walked down the sidewalk, there was a big old tree with two limbs spreading out. As I glanced at it, it looked like those branches were making the blue house smile. And why wouldn’t it? The flowers were blooming, its bushes were budding. It looked beautiful. And the tree was helping by pointing it all out. That story is a painting.

 

When you look at my paintings, I am asking you to follow me through a labyrinth of strange shapes. Then when you go home, maybe you too will see your house sitting among dancing trees.

 

 

 

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REBECCA HOYER

4433 East First Street North, Wichita, Kansas 67208 • 316-761-2760 • www.rebeccahoyer.com

 

BIO:

1980 BFA, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

1983 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

1986 Art Student’s League of New York

 

SOLO SHOWS:

2021 Labrinth, Reuben Saunders Galllery, Wichita, Kansas

2019 more paintings of houses and plants, Reuben Saunders Galllery, Wichita, Kansas

2017 Bringing the Outside–Inside, Reuben Saunders Galllery, Wichita, Kansas

2014 Neighborhood, Hutchinson Art Center, Hutchinson, Kansas

2013 Scenic Route, The Gallery at Artworks, Wichita, Kansas

2009 Tree – House, Steckline Gallery Newman University, Wichita, Kansas

2007 Urban Landscape, Hutchinson Art Center, Hutchinson, Kansas

2006 Reinventing the Landscape, Cowley College, Earle N. Wright Room Gallery, Arkansas City, Kansas

2005 Hello, Neighbor, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, Missouri

2004 The Museum Show, Project, Wichita, Kansas

2003 City Views, Hesston College Gallery, Hesston, Kansas

2002 Beyond Wichita, Trish Higgins Fine Art, Wichita, Kansas

2001 LandShapes, CityArts, Wichita, Kansas

 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:

2021 Salon 50, Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas

2020 Foot in the Door, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas

2018 People and Places, Strecker-Nelson-West Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2018 40 Years in the Making!, Reuben Saunders Galllery, Wichita, Kansas

2018 Crestwood Opening, Brandon Jacobs Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

2018 Kansas Invitational, inaugural exhibition in the new Mark Arts, Wichita, Kansas

2017 Other Worlds, Strecker-Nelson-West Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2016 Avenue Art Days, Mural sponsored by Botanica, Wichita, Kansas

2016 National Small Oil Painting Exhibition 2016, Mark Arts, Wichita, Kansas

2015 Featured Artist, The Gallery at Artworks, Wichita, Kansas

2015 Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition, The Wichita Center for the Arts Gallery, Wichita, Kansas

2015 Outdoor Spaces, Butler County Community College, E. B. White Gallery, El Dorado, Kansas

2014 Clark Britton & Rebecca Hoyer, The Gallery at Larksfield Place, Wichita, Kansas

2014 Watercolor: Delicate Beauty from a Difficult Medium, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2013 Joe’s Swan Show, CityArts, Wichita, Kansas

2013 Contemporary Regonalists, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2012 Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition, The Wichita Center for the Arts Gallery, Wichita, Kansas

2012 UrbanScapes, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2011 Brücke Nicht Weit, Butler County Community College, E. B. White Gallery, El Dorado, Kansas

2010 Fluidity, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2010 Featured Artist, The Gallery at Artworks, Wichita, Kansas

2009 Kansas Masters Invitational, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2008 Visual Discourse, Start-Thinking and KMUW, Wichita, Kansas

2007 Cutting Edge Traditionalists, CityArts, Wichita, Kansas

2007 The Illusion of Reality, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2007 XX3: Fisch Haus Annual Invitational, Fisch Haus, Wichita, Kansas

2007 Kansas Masters Invitational, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2006 Art for the Cure: Survivor Celebration, CityArts, Wichita, Kansas

2006 Community: An Urban Landscape Exhibit, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2004 Conversations With Earth and Sky, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2003 Revisited, an ACAAK Invitational, Hays Arts Center, Hays, Kansas

2003 Artists of Note, Trish Higgins Fine Art, Wichita, Kansas

2001 Post No Realism, Dirt Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

2000 7 State Watercolor Exhibition, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas

2000 Natürlich, Trish Higgins Fine Art, Wichita, Kansas

2000 2 Years Without a Theme, Acme Gallery, Wichita, Kansas

1998 Grand Opening, cofounded co-op gallery in downtown Wichita, Acme Gallery, Wichita, Kansas

1994 Small Oil Painting Competition, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas

1994 Kansas Artists’ Postcard Series XVII, Baker Arts Center, Liberal, Kansas

1989 Four Women Artists, White Gallery, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

 

PUBLICATIONS:

2018 Art Garden Imagined”, Patricia McDonnell, The Art Garden, Wichita Art Museum

2017 Wichita artist's College Hill paintings return, with twist”, Matt Riedl, Wichita Eagle, Wichita, KS, March 31

2016Featured Artist”, The Journal, Wichita, Kansas, Summer

2015Art Garden Imagined”, WAM Views, Wichita, Kansas, September-October

2015Art Garden Grand Opening”, ArtNews, New York, NY, September

2009This Modern House”, Barry Owens, College Hill Commoner, Wichita, Kansas, April

2007New ways to familiar paths”, Chris Shull, Wichita Eagle, Wichita, Kansas, December 21

2002Color wheels”, Chris Shull, Wichita Eagle, Wichita, Kansas, December 13

2001Artist’s work showcases city”, Chris Shull, Wichita Eagle, Wichita, Kansas, August 3

2001Disparity at Dirt Gallery: Welcome Wichita”, Heather Lustfeldt, Review, Kansas City, Kansas, March

 

COLLECTIONS:

The Kansas Health Foundation

Mark Arts - The Mary R Koch Arts Center

The Emprise Bank Collection

The Wichita Art Museum

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Project Art