Cathedral Gap, by Curt Walters, 30" x 48", 2018

30″ x 48″

Oil on Canvas

Cathedral Gap will be one of three entries in the 2018 Prix de West Invitational in Oklahoma City, OK.

I have wanted to paint Cathedral Gap  for a very long time. This unique and epic scene  is located 5 1/2 miles down the Hermit trail from the South Rim at the western end of the Grand Canyon.  I know of only one other artist in history who attempted to paint this complicated and challenging view, Louis Akin (1868-1913). Hikers are greeted with The Cathedral Gap vista  just above Cathedral Staircase, a very steep portion of the Hermit trail. The Gap is a monumental  V-shaped erosion  in the towering Redwall limestone that frames a breathtaking view of  colossal temples and expansive sky.  Accented in the center of this grandeur is the Inner Gorge cradling the mighty  Colorado River .

I chose the afternoon light of summer in which to paint the Gap. By adding a dramatic monsoon sky, I was free to  create wind-driven shadow patterns enhancing the drama of Isis, Buda, Zoroaster and Brahma Temples. Painting the weathered, craggy face of the Redwall in mid-ground was a personal inquiry into  my skills as an artist.   




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