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Picturing the Prairie

Chicago Botanic Garden
Delayed due to Pandemic. Dates TBD
https://www.chicagobotanic.org/picturing_prairie
 

Philip Juras’s exhibit of landscape paintings celebrates the rich aesthetics, ecology, and history of Illinois prairies. Over a five-year period, guided by some of the foremost prairie conservationists in Illinois and by his own research, Juras traveled from his home in Athens, Georgia, to the Chicago area and beyond to discover—and rediscover—a vision of an ecosystem that has virtually vanished in North America. More than a dozen larger sized studio canvases and many smaller field paintings depicting remnants, restorations, and imagined re-creations take the viewer on a journey of prairie landscapes from the Wisconsin border to the southern end of the state. This body of work continues Juras’s exploration of natural landscapes, especially historical grassland ecosystems.

   
The charm of a prairie consists in its extension—its green, flowery carpet,
its undulating surface, and the skirt of forest whereby it is surrounded...

- James Hall, Judge of the Circuit Court of Illinois,1839
 
 

Events:
Date TBD - Artist gallery talks, Chicago Botanic Garden
Date TBD - Online Presentation, Field Museum, Chicago
Date TBD - Artist gallery talk and prairie walk, Chicago Botanic Garden

In media:
PAINTING PRAIRIES OF ILLINOIS: AN INTERVIEW WITH PHILIP JURAS
Minding Nature: Spring 2020, Volume 13, Number 1

 


Works in the exhibition, corresponding to groupings in the Joutras Gallery:

For information on purchasing paintings please email philip@philipjuras.com.


Intro and title section

Galloping Hill Prairie
Cook County, Illinois
2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in.
Private collection
Grigsby Prairie Flora
Lake County, Illinois
July 11, 2017
OIl on canvas
14 x 18 in.
Private collection
Foley Sand Prairie, Study
Lee County, Illinois
October 1, 2016
Oil on canvas, 12 x 18 in.
Lockport Prairie
Will County, Illinois
June 15, 2018
Oil on canvas
9 x 11 in.
Private collection
Wet Prairie
Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area, Illinois
June 14, 2018
Oil on canvas
9 x 11 in.
         

Prairie flora

Chiwaukee Prairie
Kenosha County, Wisconsin
2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in.
Gensburg-Markham Prairie
Cook County, Illinois
July 10, 2017
Oil on canvas
9 x 11 in.
Private collection
Prospect Cemetery Prairie
Ford County, Illinois
August 17, 2019
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.

Loda Cemetery Prairie
Iroquois County, Illinois
August 17, 2019
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.
Inspired by Poplar Creek Prairie
Cook County, Illinois
2013
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 in.
Private collection
         

Land meets sky

Sunrise
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 54 in.
Foley Sand Prairie
Lee County, Illinois
2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 60 in.
Color Study
Foley Sand Prairie, Lee
County, Illinois
June 14, 2018
Oil on canvas, 8 x 11 in.
     

Tawny Slopes
Revis Hill Prairie Nature Preserve, Mason County, Illinois
May 9, 2019
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.
Fults Hill Prairie
Monroe County, Illinois
2019
Oil on canvas
30 x 48 in.
Winter Evening
Sand Prairie-Scrub Oak Nature Preserve
Mason County, Illinois
2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 60 in.
     

Seasons


Doug's Knob, June
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
June 13, 2018
Oil on canvas
18 x 26 in.
Private collection

Doug's Knob, July
Nachusa Grasslands, lllinois
July 28, 2015
Oil on canvas
18 x 26 in.
Private collection
Doug's Knob, October
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
October 20, 2017
Oil on canvas
18 x 26 in.
Doug's Knob, December
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
December 18, 2018
Oil on canvas
18 x 26 in.
       

Wetlands and ecosystem engineers


Spring Creek Valley c. 1833
Spring Lake Preserve, Illinois
2020
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 in.
Private collection
Presettlement Marsh Study
2020
Oil on canvas
8 x 12 in.
Spring Lake Wetland
Cook County, Illinois
May 13, 2019
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.
Flint Creek Savanna
Lake County, Illinois
2020
Oil on canvas
24 x 40 in.
Private collection
       

Beaver Pond
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
2019
Oil on canvas
30 x 54 in.
Rest Area
Kankakee Sands Preserve, Indiana
May 14, 2019
Oil on canvas
8 x 16 in.
Oak Island
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
June 12, 2018
Oil on canvas
8 x 16 in.
     

The skirt of the forest

Sunset
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 54 in.
 
Pembroke Savanna
Kankakee County, Illinois
2019
Oil on canvas
30 x 48 in.
Private collection
In progress (Feb 2020)
Carl R. Hansen Woods
Cook County, Illinois
2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 in.
Private collection
Cave Creek Glade Preserve
Johnson County, Illinois
2020
Oil on Canvas
24 x 36 in.
   

Painting with fire

Backing Uphill
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
March 23, 2019
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.
Fall Burn 3
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
November 15, 2018
Oil on canvas
9 x 11 in.

Receding Flame Front
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
March 26, 2019
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.

Smoke Columns
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
March 25, 2019
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.
       
Building Black
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
March 25, 2019
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.
Fall Burn 2
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
November 15, 2018
Oil on canvas
9 x 11 in.
Winter Burn 1
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
December 18, 2018
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.
Fall Burn 1
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
November 15, 2018
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.
       
Flame Front Departing
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
March 23, 2019
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.

Flame Front Arriving
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
March 23, 2019
Oil on canvas
9 x 11 in.

Combustion
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
March 26, 2019
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.
Winter Burn 2
Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
December 18, 2018
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.
       

The historic prairie

Night Fire on the Grand Prairie of Illinois c. 1491
2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 60 in.

Late Afternoon on the Grand Prairie of Illinois c. 1491
2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 60 in.