Artist Phil Hulebak captures the state’s charmed landscapes

Artist Phil Hulebak captures the state’s charmed landscapes

Artist Phil Hulebak captures the state’s charmed landscapes
Artist Phil Hulebak surrounded by his oil paintings at his residence in Albuquerque. (Chancey Bush/Albuquerque Journal)

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The Journal carries on the once-a-month series “From the Studio” with Kathaleen Roberts, as she usually takes an up-close glimpse at an artist.

Phil Hulebak paints the most effective fishing holes in New Mexico.

With his billowing vegetation and grand vistas, he captures the state’s charmed landscapes in a shade palette of saturated vibrancy.

Hulebak travels the condition and further than in his RV, fishes and hunts and sketches and photographs what he sees prior to returning to his Albuquerque studio to paint his big impressionistic landscapes in a fauvist palette.

Hulebak displays his work at Sumner & Dene Gallery, 517 Central Ave. NW.

His swap to good color function immediately after a long time of more naturalistic alternatives commenced a several years in the past.

“I was trained so nicely doing the other stuff that I did not know everything else,” he discussed. “I had a great deal of that stuff. I was throwing things away that I couldn’t offer. I considered, ‘What am I executing wrong?’ ”

“I sort of took off,” Hulebak ongoing. “Last calendar year, I started off to squeeze in colour I had under no circumstances applied in advance of. It just type of fell into area.”

Artist Phil Hulebak performs on a person of his oil paintings at his home in Albuquerque. (Chancey Bush/Albuquerque Journal)

Elevated listed here from the age of 3, Hulebak graduated from Highland Superior School, where by he studied with New Mexico landscape painter Frank McCulloch. Drafted afterward, he used two decades in the Navy in advance of returning house to study geology and art at the University of New Mexico.

Realizing he had to make a living, he turned to plumbing, sooner or later opening a enterprise that lasted 30 years. He lived in Casper, Wyoming for a when, the place he offered his to start with painting of the Tetons.

He developed a studio/business office close to his dwelling here, portray on top and viewing his plumbing buyers on the bottom. He painted early in the early morning, waiting around right until 10 a.m. to go on company calls.

“I was the poorest plumber in Albuquerque,” he reported. “My organization methods weren’t much too good. I was the plumber to all the community grandmothers who modified their swamp cooler for $20.”

He closed his enterprise in 1997.

Currently he travels the West, including Colorado, Montana and Alaska in his RV with his digital camera and easel.

“Up the Draw” arrived from the Elena Gallegos Open up Area, where by the golden chamisa virtually glows beneath the pink mountains.

“There’s a sequence of canyons that arrive together and lead the eye into tangents,” Hulebak claimed.

The oil portray steps 4-by-4-toes.

“I like portray large,” he additional. “I like that experience of depth.”

“Sandia Garden” presents a sweeping watch of blooming chamisa moving into the canyon at sunset. The composition leans into abstraction, with the colours swirling around a single one more.

“I made use of these shiny hues I just couldn’t halt,” Hulebak reported.

The significant 3-by-8-foot “Grand Vista” is a diptych that began 25 several years back when he was walking the hills of Rio Rancho.

“It’s the very last view of the Sandias on the way to Cuba,” Hulebak stated. “I took a photograph. I screwed in some 1-by-2s at the leading and base.

Artist Phil started off painting at an early age and describes his art as seeking to depict a vision of a landscape where the composition is recognizable but the hues and values have shifted in intensity and discovering the new proportions of colour and shapes. “I’m trying to give the eye an chance to have some pleasurable and smile at some thing that is unconventional and exceptional,” mentioned Hulebak. (Chancey Bush/Albuquerque Journal)

The rolling brush descends into the town lights while the mountains blush pink.

Hulebak would like to paint much more diptychs.

“It appears to preserve evolving,” he stated. “I’m so energized about this new path.”