Missouri-based artists Charles Rhinehart and Lavetta Rhinehart hold studio practices that are inextricably linked. The pair are primarily painters, creating lush, intricate landscapes that echo the other’s style.
I’m quite impressed by Charles’ fantasy scenes, painted in oil on board. These imagery is something like what you’d see on a vintage movie poster, with figures that overlap, become translucent and blend into deep backgrounds. Figures both human and animal appear in these works, each imbued with a terrific sense of personality. The overlapping forms also make me think of Josef-Peter Roemer’s paintings.
Lavetta and Charles’ landscape paintings have a lot in common. Both artists seem to have a particular affinity for trees. Each painting depicts the landscape from an angle that places the viewer directly in the scenery, where the lush, dark foliage sinks into a deeper background.