It has been a decade since artist Randall Lake has opened his Salt Lake studio for public show, something that used to be an annual event where he displayed his work. On Oct. 10, Lake will end the open studio hiatus and display over 60 new and old works of art.
“I used to have these [events] yearly at my studio," Lake says. "They were always very successful and people loved them."
Lake's work has appeared in galleries all over the world, including Russia, Paris and the United States. He has also painted in many locations, and at one point, he produced an annual 40-painting, one-man show in San Francisco.
Lake's busy schedule led him to reassess his priorities, slowing down to just paint for the sake of painting.
Randall's work displayed in his Salt Lake studio, photo courtesy of Randall Lake Art.
Since 1974, Lake's studio has been at the Guthrie Building in SLC, a spot he acquired during his time as a graduate student at the University of Utah. The studio, which he describes as an extension of himself, is blanketed with photos, works of art, antiques and other gems which he has gathered in his past travels. “Living in Salt Lake, I can afford a studiodown town, a country house in Spring City and a house,” Lake says.
Specializing in realism, Lake has only recently started experimenting with landscapes. He is quick to point out that he is still, in fact, a realist but a change of pace and a change of location has focused him on painting something different in terms of theme and techniques. Just this year, he took home the Purchase Award and an Honorable Mention at the Spring City Plein Air Competition in Spring City.
Lake has been experimenting with landscapes, photo courtesy of Randall Lake Art
Lake is inspired to paint by the environment of Spring City and Sanpete County. "It's just a gorgeous landscape and the landscape possibilities are endless,” he says.
Randall Lake’s studio is located at 158 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City. The show opening will be from 6–10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. Lake will keep the show up through the weekend, from 12–6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11–13. To read more about Randall Lake and see his work online, go to RandallLakeart.com or Facebook.com/RandallLakeArt.