Working exclusively in oils Alan Heuer paints “Landscapes of the West & Beyond”. As a first-time participant in the 2006 Taos Fall Arts Festival, he won the Taos Invites Taos “Best Representational Painting.” In addition to being a “Taos Post Modernist” of the southwest landscape, Heuer also creates visionary paintings which combine multiple geographic locations into one painting, a sort of “hyper-reality” he has coined as “Utopic Displacement”. “Utopia literally means nowhere, but these paintings contain multiple somewheres, thus they are both real and imagined, thus they are utopias displaced.”
A renaissance man of sorts, Wyoming native Heuer eventually came to Taos by way of New York City and California’s Silicon Valley. Alan is a certified Lotus Notes professional and web designer, a Master of clarinet cum laude (CUNY), and a published author. He studied classical landscape painting with Prix de West winner, Jim Wilcox, Gary Godbee of Seattle’s Academy of Fine Art, and Kay Hazelip, instructor at the Art Student’s League in New York.