Contemporary artist Joe Andoe (b. 1955) was born and came of age in Tulsa, surrounded by churches, trees, highways, and horses, motifs that recur in his paintings and prints.
Andoe considers himself a painter of landscapes and of things that inhabit the land. The distant horizon—perhaps a reference to the artist’s east Tulsa roots, or to his treks through Texas and Wyoming as a young man—is ever present in his work. It appears in roadside photographs of Oklahoma City made in 1977. In later paintings, horses graze against it, illuminated as if by penumbral light. Oak leaves alternately fall beneath or rise above it. Birds, trumpets, and letterforms float over it. On one hand, the quiet drama of these images reflects the artist’s interest in “the stillness at twilight when animals come out into the open.” And yet, the horizon’s subtle omnipresence behind the objects and creatures that populate Andoe’s often stark, monochromatic images fosters contemplation and a sobering awe at the transience of life.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.