BY DIANA STEIN
Convergence—an oil painting on canvas. PHOTO BY: ARTWORK COURTESY OF TOM MAAKESTAD
Fresh off a month-long artist residency in Salzburg, Austria, Marine on St. Croix painter Tom Maakestad returns just in time for the opening of River Perspectives, the third exhibition in the Minnesota Marine Art Museum’s Mississippi River Series, which features paintings by Maakestad and Winona State University professor Don Schmidlapp.
Maakestad’s aerial views of familiar waterways, which include the Mississippi and Cannon rivers, highlight a “different type of realism than we’re used to down on the ground,” he says. “It’s fun to play with that distinction between our conceptions of realism and abstraction.”
The artist is currently at work on a fall 2017 show for Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, which will include landscapes of southwest-central Minnesota that will have Maakestad “back on the ground.”
River Perspectives will be on view August 26–December 23 at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 800 Riverview Drive, Winona. To see more of Tom Maakestad’s work, visit his website here.