H. Joe Waldrum

H. Joe Waldrum: photo credit, D.K. Hall
photo: Douglas Kent Hall © D.K. Hall
8.23.34 – 12.13.03
Mi alma anda en cueros eternamente…

"If the unexamined life is not worth living,
 Joe Waldrum is living one of the most
 worthy lives of our time."

John Freeman Norton


The GraphicArts of H. Joe Waldrum

Waldrum: Ocaso del sol en estio
Ocaso del sol en estío
acrylic and gold leaf, 27 x 27 inches

There is a beautiful place in the United States of  America. It is in northern New Mexico between the two mountain ranges. This place is called 'The Cradle.' Its people, the land, and its elements are special and peculiar. I find the genius of this place reflected in the churches.

H. Joe Waldrum

In 1980 Waldrum began to sketch and paint the Spanish churches of  northern New Mexico. His decision to focus on the sacred adobe structures of the high desert was the critical breakthrough in his art. . . . For Waldrum the churches represent the physical and spiritual reality of the Penitente  people of New Mexico -- the focus of their personal faith and a pervasive part of their daily lives. In 1982 he wrote: "The people of this area have focused their collective thought on their churches. As an artist it is my job  to distill that focus until it communicates."

Patricia Janis Broder, The American West:The Modern Vision, (Little, Brown & Co., Boston)

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Waldrum: El contrafuerte
"La luz de Nuevo Mexico"
acrylic on linen , 18 x 18 inches

"La brizna de la luz
acrylic on linen, 24 x 24   inches

"La morada atrás de la iglesia de Santo Tomás de Gracia de Las Trampas"
acrylic on linen, 45 x 45 inches
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"The Window at Chacón"
acrylic on linen,  63 x 63  inches

"El contrafuerte grande de la iglesia de Ranchos de Taos en anaranjado"
acrylic on linen, 30 x 30 inches
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