Far off the Beaten Path: Paintings by Annabel Livermore

Project Room 1 Jan 21–Apr 22, 2006

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Jan 21–Apr 22, 2006





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Annabel Livermore, Big Bend XV, 1996–97

Far Off the Beaten Path consisted of five richly textured monumental oil paintings from Annabel Livermore’s Big Bend series. Livermore began the series in plein air fashion during three weekend drives along Texas Farm Road 170, on which she hauled along eighteen pieces of plywood. She laid the boards down on the ground before craggy scenes and quickly drew her impressions with a light mixture of oil paint and gasoline. During the next two years she worked on the pictures in her studio in El Paso. Unlike traditional plein air painting, Livermore’s landscapes are filled with a brooding implied narrative–fractured, jutting, cavernous, and glowing, they suggest a maelstrom brewing above and beneath the surface.

Born and raised in the Upper Midwest, Livermore was a librarian before she retired to El Paso to paint. She has completed many radiant and lyrical bodies of work inspired by the cities and scenery of the region, including Jornada del Muerto, ”N” Bar, and Desert Dream City. Her work was included in a 1999 exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery titled Postmodern Transgressions: Art Beyond the Frame, and has been exhibited at the Cline Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, Texas; and the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas.