The ethereal art of French self-taught photographer Patrick Paul René makes its debut at the Bighorn Gallery, Dead Horse Point State Park, between March 6th and April 28th.
René’s passion for the majesty of the Colorado Plateau has its roots in his earlier life as an explorer of the Alps in the Dauphine region of France. A resident of Moab, the artist first set eyes on the American Southwest more than three decades ago.
Through a palette of pseudo “paintings,” the artist presents fresh interpretations of subjects that have long enchanted visitors to the area. Where we view a broken down vehicle, a deserted ranch, or even familiar landscapes in Canyon Country, René sees captivating lines, textures, pensive moods, and the chance to create tantalizing visual experiences.
“The possibility of capturing perfection in a photograph keeps my passion high and my vision in harmony with nature’s solitude and beauty,” says the artist. “Each time I set out to catch those fleeting moments, I feel the excitement and confident expectation that keeps my spirit filled with awe and inspiration.”
René works with emotion to offer a vision of the magnificent light in the American Southwest as it changes from day to day, season to season. While exploring and expanding areas that arouse his curiosity, he revisits favorite sites to capture the ever-changing moods of the vast and wild landscape that inspires his creativity.
During the exhibition, René’s images, prints and note cards will be available for purchase.
Dead Horse Point State Park is located nine miles north of Moab on US 191, and 23 miles south on SR 313. The visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through mid-March, then 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the season. Park admission is $15. For more information, contact the park at 435-259-2614.