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Loren Salazar    more about the artist
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Salazar has painted and exhibited extensively in the western states of Washington, California, and Alaska. His work has been exhibited across the country and his published images are found internationally.

Currently calling Colombia, South America home, Salazar continues to paint image locations from Italy to South America.

His paintings were honed and affected by the end of the turbulent 1960’s. His exploration of art professionally coincided with an explosion of new music and social change. Salazar’s early art paralleled a wave of new progressive rock music and a common direction brought contacts with the music industry and with rock artists. These associations resulted in numerous album covers and music industry designs. By 1977 reproductions and cards of Salazar’s paintings were being distributed on an international basis by a California publisher.

His painting technique set him apart as one of the early practitioners of the air brush as a fine art tool. His mastery of that technique resulted in paintings that were included in the Seattle Art Museum’s Northwest Annual Fine Arts Competition. While on display at the Museum his works were singled out by the Seattle Times for individual praise. These early works were so convincing that his paintings were at times mistaken for photography.
Salazar’s photo realistic technique developed into a long series of works based on visual memory. This involved numerous images and places occupying the same picture plane. These images dissolved in and out of one another in long horizontal compositions. Salazar had developed a technique and imagery that proceeded computer art but was essentially “Photoshop” by hand before Photoshop was available. At this point the artist’s works in the early 1990’s were being mistaken at times for sophisticated works created on computers using Photoshop.

With a desire to distance himself from what he saw as a coming concern, (digital art), the artist moved onto a technique and media that could not be mistaken for anything digital. With the encouragement of close friend and mentor Andreas Nottebohm, Salazar set fourth on a 4 year series of works on etched aluminum, a technique pioneered by San Francisco artist Nottebohm. While living near Lake Arenal in Costa Rica, Salazar’s nights were consumed creating a series of paintings based on “The "Northern Lights” or “Aurora Borealis”. This series was painted in layers of transparent acrylic on etched aluminum. From Arenal, Salazar exhibited the Northern Light Series in galleries in Alaska, Washington, and California.

In 2004, Salazar had gone full circle and was concentrating his new works to painting on a new type of canvas. A recently developed “Watercolor Canvas” has allowed the artist to draw upon various techniques he developed over the years and apply them to a common surface. The resulting works are classic images from sites world-wide. Salazar’s latest paintings are a dream like sequence titled "Light Sleeper Series.

More recently, Salazar has created a new large body of work incorporating the etched aluminum and his signature landscapes blending two genres for an unmistakable Salazar image.

The impact and importance of an image is quickly being eroded by over exposure in our digital world. Internet, television, print, video games, digital photography, Photoshop, cell phones and advertising are over-exposing visual imagery as never before. An image that once had impact and staying power with poetic and aesthetic relevance is becoming no more noticeable then mire background or wall paper due to over use in a post Photoshop environment.

This Current body of new works is an extension of direction Salazar started in the early 1990’s as a means of confronting the changes wrought by a coming digital environmental.
"My goal is to produce artwork using reflective effects on aluminum ground as a means of transcending our new digital representation. To create a permanent, archival quality object that blurs the meaning of painting and sculpture in a way that cannot be recorded digitally. An artwork with qualities that can only be experienced from the original, that changes relative to the viewers perspective, and defies two dimensional space." Loren Salazar
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Loren  Salazar - Doorway to the Garden   (After Waterhouse) "Camera Obscura Series"
"Doorway to the Garden (After Waterhouse) "Camera Obscura Series""

Loren  Salazar - Primavera, (After da Vinci) "Camera Obscura Series"
"Primavera, (After da Vinci) "Camera Obscura Series""

Loren  Salazar - Girl in Venice, (After Vermeer)
"Girl in Venice, (After Vermeer)"

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Loren  Salazar - Crystal Ball, (After Waterhouse)  "Camera Obscura Series"
"Crystal Ball, (After Waterhouse) "Camera Obscura Series""

Loren  Salazar - Aquarium
"Aquarium"

Loren  Salazar - The Far Side of Houston
"The Far Side of Houston"

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Loren  Salazar - The Rise and Fall of Snow
"The Rise and Fall of Snow"

Loren  Salazar - Untitled Triptych
"Untitled Triptych"

Loren  Salazar - Gold  and Purple and Blue
"Gold and Purple and Blue"

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Loren  Salazar - Silver Reflections
"Silver Reflections"

Loren  Salazar - Skies Above Canaveral - June
"Skies Above Canaveral - June"

Loren  Salazar - Skies Above Canaveral - June
"Skies Above Canaveral - June"

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Loren  Salazar - Skies Above Canaveral - July
"Skies Above Canaveral - July"

Loren  Salazar - Skies Above Canaveral - July
"Skies Above Canaveral - July"

Loren  Salazar - Silver Lining
"Silver Lining"

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Loren  Salazar - Silver Lining
"Silver Lining"

Loren  Salazar - Skies Above Canaveral - March
"Skies Above Canaveral - March"

Loren  Salazar - Skies Above Canaveral - January
"Skies Above Canaveral - January"

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Loren  Salazar - Skies Above Canaveral - January
"Skies Above Canaveral - January"

Loren  Salazar - Villa de Estes, Tivoli
"Villa de Estes, Tivoli"

Loren  Salazar - Hadrain's Villa
"Hadrain's Villa"

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Loren  Salazar - Indifference of Light
"Indifference of Light"

Loren  Salazar - Tivoli, The ravages of t ime, the survival of beauty
"Tivoli, The ravages of t ime, the survival of beauty"

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