1.23.2015

WILLIAM DUBBY FUQUA - A HOUSE OF CURIOSITIES




WILLIAM DUBBY FUQUA  is a storyteller. But his narratives aren't written in words, they are crafted from found objects - each chosen to combine with others to tell a compelling  tale.  He strives for...

"A perfect match between objects; a story that is better understood
 with visuals."


His house is the repository of these wonderful curiosities and they are everywhere - reclining on tabletops; studding every wall; begging to be admired and deciphered.




He admits to being an inveterate stalker, hunting his objects just about everywhere - an arroyo, an antique shop, the woods, dilapidated buildings, Goodwill; and he accepts offerings from friends who delight in furthering his artistic endeavors.


"I find myself stalking the detritus of man and nature because I have to create!"





Born in Hollywood, California and moving between L.A. and Dallas for many years, he found himself in Santa Fe in 1969. But, It took four more back and forth moves to finally call Santa Fe home. 





His fascination with found objects began when he was nineteen. "I was sticking and gluing stuff together, but  had no idea what it was called, " notes Fuqua, whose past adventures are as quixotic and layered as his assemblages.

He admits to having been a petty hoodlum, a hippie, an outlaw/unlicensed barber  for some of the future rock stars of the 60's, a singer - the first white recording artist for the Chicago-based Chess Records, and finally a long-time tour manager for big-name musicians such as Joni Mitchell and The Rockets. And,  he is  a published author of a series of books - The Kalapastone Adventures - available on Amazon.com.  










I personally think he's missed his true calling..

1940's Gangster for hire!


If you'd like to meet this fascinating artist he will be part of a Group Show at THE ELLSWORTH GALLERY, opening February 6th.


213 East Palace Avenue - Santa Fe, NM

505.989.7900
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1.14.2015

CASA NAVARRO - CENTURIES OF GORGEOUS


This unpretentious sign along Santa Fe's gallery-packed Canyon Road gives no hint of the beauty  you'll experience when you step through the door of this gorgeous gallery specializing in Spanish Colonial, Mexican antiquities and ethnic objects d'art.




GALLERY DIRECTOR, Jose Inez Navarro, son of the legendary Santa Fe gallerist/collector Marc Navarro, took me on a tour. "My father has been collecting for over 40 years, and he taught me to 'only sell what you love.' So, when I walk in each day, it feels like home because I love everything in here." 



What's not to love? An 18th century  altar dominates one wall, a gilded stage for a luminous 1970's glass vase from Vienna. 


Contemporary blue and white Talavara pottery from Puebla, Mexico.


Striking contemporary photographs command another wall;  contemporary ceramic cylinders by Martin Coronel a tabletop...


And two lush and intricate Trees of Life, created by a third-generation artisan in Mexico, sit on a  circa 1940's  chest  from Guadalajara, Mexico.  






An artful mix of antiquity and contemporary.  And this is just the first room...
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T H E   N E X T   R O O M  is filled with religious artifacts - paintings, santos,
 crowns, crosses...








T H E  THIRD  R O O M  showcases work by renowned  Mexican silver  designers
 such as William Spratling and Hector Aguilar, as well as handsome copper Spanish
 Colonial pieces.









A diminutive room just off this lovely gallery space is filled with 
vibrant, vintage textiles.





A Gallery filled with love...
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C A S A   N A V A R R O

812 Canyon Road - Santa Fe, New Mexico

505.820.9266

www.casanavarrogallery.com