Medearis explains, “I am a slow painter and devote to each painting all the time it seems to require. The whole purpose of art is excellence, and one good painting is better than 10,000 bad ones.” As a result, major paintings by the artist are scarce. Only three large works have passed through auction since his death, and Vose Galleries has handled only two, one of which was sold for a record price that still stands. Rio Chama is only the sixth Medearis painting to come through our doors and, according to his ledger, was captured a scene near Taos, New Mexico. The thirty-one mile long Rio Chama flows through the desert canyons of New Mexico until it reaches the Rio Grande in Mexico.
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Private collection, Marshfield, Massachusetts, since ca. 1991
(handwritten) RIO CHAMA 36” x 48” / Painted in Winsor + Newton Alkyd / Colors (Vehicle: Alkyd Resin) – on / Fredrix #111 Double-Primed Belgian / linen canvas. / varnished with Liquitex Soluvar / (a pure Acrylic spirit varnish) / March, 1986 / © Roger Medearis 1986 / All Rights Reserved / A New Mexico Scene / (signed) Roger Medearis / San Marino, California
Number 185 in Medearis’ ledger, noting “near Taos” [NM]