Popular Helena landscape painter Dale Livezey has been called “a poet of dusk and of daybreak” by writer Rick Newby. “There is a contemplative, almost prayerful quality to Livezey’s dramatic and serene evocations of real (and wholly imagined) places at their most striking.”
Livezey’s landscapes will join those painted by his friend and fellow Helena landscape painter Josh Elliott in a show of their latest works, “About Place,” opening Friday, Dec. 16. A reception is 6 to 9 p.m. at the A.L. Swanson Gallery.
While Swanson rarely mixes two artists together in the same show, this time it works, he said. “They complement each other so well.”
“I think it will be really good for the community to see our two styles together,” said Livezey. “They’re both so much about Montana. In pursuing this show with him, it’s been delightfully stimulating to have this friendship with him. It’s stimulating to me in exploring my own work.”
Describing his new works, Livezey said, “About half of them will be recognizable to Helenans, the other half are more constructed landscapes out of my head. They still look like Montana.
“One description I like to use in describing my work is dramatically serene — generally they are quiet and peaceful, yet forceful and dramatic.
“There is one painting that is pretty different from what I usually paint,” he added. “It’s a snowstorm coming out of the mountains right at dark. It’s foreboding and spooky. Generally, my paintings are bright and colorful, but this is dark.”