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  Philip Juras: The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram's Travels


Telfair Academy, Savannah, GA
January 28 - May 8, 2011
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Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
May 28 - Aug 14, 2011 - Related events



      This exhibit of 68 oil paintings by landscape artist Philip Juras offers a glimpse of the pre-settlement southern wilderness as William Bartram described it. Juras combines direct observation with historical, scientific, and natural history research to depict, and in some cases re-create, landscapes as they appeared in the 1770s.  The paintings bring the long lost southern frontier to 21st century eyes in much the same way that 19th century American landscape painters like Bierstadt and Moran brought the western frontier to the consciousness of the industrializing nation. The exhibit will acquaint the viewer with many of the important and imperiled ecosystems that remain in the South today – remnant natural communities that would greatly benefit from wider public awareness.

Exhibit Book Information

     The exhibit book (128 pages) published in conjunction with the exhibit features more than 60 reproductions of Juras’s paintings along with essays by Juras, Dorinda Dallmeyer of the University of Georgia, Holly Koons McCullough of the Telfair, and lauded poet and environmental advocate Janisse Ray. The essays place the work in the context of Bartram’s legacy and the American landscape movement, and reveal the ecology and history underlying the work. It was published in January 2011 by the Telfair Museum and distributed by the University of Georgia Press.
      Several of the paintings in the exhibit are also included in Bartram’s Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South, an anthology of essays by southern nature writers inspired by Bartram, published by Mercer University Press September, 2010.

 

More about the exhibit: Art Daily, Augusta Chronicle, Savannah Morning News


The following four sections show the grouping of the paintings as presented in the exhibit book and in the exhibits.
 

Part I: Uplands


View from Wesser Bald
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina
Oil on Canvas
30" x 42"
July, 2010
Private Collection
 

The Shining Rocks
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
Oil on Canvas
40 x 80
December, 2008
Private Collection

Dark Prong Forest
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
Oil on Canvas
30 " x 42 "
October, 2007
Private Collection

Dark Prong Boulders
Pisgah NF, NC
Oil on Paper
6" x 7.5"
June 6, 2006
Private Collection





Martin Creek (Falling Creek)
Rabun County, GA
Oil on Canvas
24" x 18"
October, 2010
Private Collection

Oconee Old Field
near Oconee Station, SC
Oil on Canvas
12" x 18"
June 11, 2009
Private Collection
 

Keowee Valley c. 1775
Pickens County, South Carolina
Oil on Canvas
18" x 28"
October, 2009
Private Collection

Anthony Shoals
Broad River, Georgia
Oil on Canvas
40 x 66
August, 2009
Collection of the Telfair Museums

Anthony Shoals, Afternoon
Broad River, GA
Oil on Canvas
14" x 18"
April 30, 2009
Private Collection



Burks Mountain
Columbia County, Georgia
Oil on Canvas
18" x 28"
October, 2010
Private Collection
Old Growth Oak Savanna
Oil on Paper
8 " x 10"
March, 2008
Private Collection

Piedmont Woodland Opening c. 1775
An upland Piedmont setting
Oil on Canvas
30" x 42"
April, 2010
Private Collection

Oak Savanna
Sprewell Bluff Natural Area, Georgia
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36"
March, 2009
Private Collection

Piedmont Savanna
(c. 1775)
Oil on Canvas
14" x 18 "
September 2005
Private Collection


Rock and Shoals Opening
Clarke County, GA
Oil on Canvas
24" x 18"
November, 2007
Private Collection
Vernal Pools at Heggie's Rock
Columbia County, GA
Oil on Canvas
48"x66"
Finished December 2001
Private Collection
Cedar Grove
Rock and Shoals, Clarke County, GA
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36"
October, 2007
Private Collection

 

Part II: A Grassy Coastal Plain



Flame Front 4
Moody Forest Preserve
Appling County, GA
Oil on Paper
6.5 " x 8"
May 20, 2010
Private Collection

Flame Front 3
Moody Forest Preserve
Appling County, GA
Oil on Paper
6.5 " x 8"
May 20, 2010
Private Collection
Flame Front 2
Moody Forest Preserve
Appling County, GA
Oil on Paper
6.5 " x 8"
May 20, 2010
Private Collection
Flame Front 1
Moody Forest Preserve
Appling County, GA
Oil on Paper
6.5 " x 8"
May 20, 2010
Private Collection

One Day After Fire
Moody Forest Preserve
Appling County, GA
Oil on Canvas
14 " x 18"
May 20, 2010
Private Collection

White-Topped Pitcher Plants
Splinter Hill Bog Preserve, Alabama
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
October, 2009
Private Collection

Prairie Opening
Chickasaw WMA, Mississippi
Oil on Paper
6" x 7.5"
August 28, 2009

Black Belt Prairie c. 1775
Montgomery County, Alabama
Oil on Canvas
24" x 32"
November, 2009
Private Collection



 
Greenwood Plantation
Thomasville, GA
Oil on Canvas
24" x 18"
November, 2007
Private Collection


Longleaf
Greenwood Plantation Thomasville, GA
Oil on Canvas
40 " x 54 "
December, 2005
Collection of Morris Communications
Longleaf Glade
Greenwood Plantation,
Thomasville, GA
Oil on Canvas
40 x 60
November, 2008
Private Collection
Light Rain in the Big Woods
Greenwood Plantation
Thomasville, GA
Oil on Canvas
16 " x 20 "
October 12, 2005
Private Collection
 


Dewy Witchgrass
Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
Oil on Canvas
40" x 66"
July, 2010

Small Cypress Dome
Apachicola NF, FL
Oil on Canvas
16 " x 20"
May 31, 2010
Private Collection

Savanna in Morning Light
Apalachicola NF, FL
Oil on Paper
10"x10"
May, 2001
Private Collection
Savanna in Early Morning Fog
Apalachicola NF, FL
Oil on Paper
10"x10"
May, 2001
Private Collection
Apalachicola Savanna
Apalachicola NF, FL
Oil on Canvas
18 " x 26"
December, 2007
Private Collection


 

 

Part IV: Wetlands and Waterways

Hopkins Prairie
Ocala NF, FL
14" x 18"
June 26, 2009
 Private Collection

Alachua Savanna c. 1774
Alachua County, Florida
Oil on Canvas
18" x 26"
March, 2010
Private Collection

Paynes Prairie
Alachua County, FL
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
June 27, 2009
Spring Basin
Manatee Springs SP, FL
Oil on Paper
6" x 7.5"
May 30, 2010
Spring Run
Manatee Springs State Park, Florida
Oil on Canvas
24" x 32"
October, 2010
Private Collection
Spring Run (Study)
Manatee Springs State Park, Florida
Oil on Paper
8" x 10"
May 30, 2010
Private Collection
Fern Hammock Springs
Juniper Springs, Ocala NF, FL
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
June 26, 2009
Private Collection





Sulfur Spring at Stagger Mud Lake
Ocala National Forest, FL Oil on Paper
8" x 10"
October 23, 2009
Private Collection
Swamp Forest on Stagger Mud Lake
Ocala National Forest, FL
Oil on Canvas
18" x 20"
October, 2010
Private Collection

Steady Wind on the Saint Johns River
Bayard Conservation Area, Florida
18" x 24"
November, 2009
Private Collection

Changing Conditions, Altamaha River,
Wayne County, Georgia
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36"
September, 2009
Private Collection

Old Growth Cypress in the Rain
Altamaha River, Long County, Georgia
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
September, 2009
Private Collection



 

 

Old White River Channel
Montgomery Island, Arkansas
Oil on Paper
6" x 7.5"
June 22, 2010
Private Collection
Mississippi River
Grand Gulf, Mississippi
Oil on Paper
6" x 8"
August 27, 2009
Private Collection

White Cliffs of the Mississippi
East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Oil on Canvas
36" x 54"
July, 2010
Private Collection

Flooded Willows
Montgomery Island, AR
Oil on Paper
10 " x 10"
June 22, 2010
Delta Bayou
Delta National Forest, Mississippi
Oil on Canvas
18" x 26"
October, 2010
Private Collection

Canebrake on the Mississippi
Montgomery Island, AR
Oil on Canvas
18" x 26"
October, 2010
Private Collection

Edge of a Canebrake
Oil on Paper
8 " x 10"
March, 2008
Private Collection


 

 

Part III: The Coasts


North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain
Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36"
October, 2009
Private Collection

Lake Pontchartrain Marshes
Fontainebleau SP, LA
Oil on P aper
10" x 10"
August 26, 2009
Private Collection
Jones Narrows 2
Wormsloe Plantation,
Isle of Hope, GA
Oil on Paper
6" x 8"
May 1, 2010
Private Collection
Jones Narrows 1
Wormsloe Plantation,
Isle of Hope, GA
Oil on Paper
6" x 8"
April 30, 2010

Jones Narrows
Isle of Hope (Wormsloe), Georgia
Oil on Canvas
40" x 54"
July, 2010
Private Collection




Glasswort
Edisto Island, SC
Oil on Canvas
24" x 32 "
March, 2006
Private Collection

View toward Jones Narrows
Wormsloe Plantation,
Isle of Hope, GA
Oil on Canvas
14 " x 18"
April 30, 2010
Private Collection

Pellicer Creek
Faver-Dykes SP, FL
Oil on Canvas
14 " x 18"
May 29, 2010
Private Collection
Interdune
Harbor Island, South Carolina
Oil on Canvas
40 x 54
January, 2009
Private Collection
Hunting Island Dunes
Hunting Island State Park, SC
Oil on Canvas
11.75 " x 15"
May 27, 2004
Private Collection
Gulf Dunes Study
Bonsecour NWR, AL
Oil on Paper
10 " x 10"
June17, 2010


Last Light
Dawho River, Edisto Island, SC
Oil on Canvas
30" x 42 "
July, 2008
Private Collection
Getting Late, Becoming Still
Oil on Canvas
24" x 28 "
July, 2008
Private Collection
Passing Storm
Ossabaw Island, GA
Oil on Canvas
18" x 28 "
January, 2008

Private Collection

Gulf Dunes
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama
Oil on Canvas
30" x 40"
July, 2010
Private Collection



Room 1 of 4 at the Telfair Museum, February, 2011.


Room 1 of 2 at the Morris Museum, May 2011.