Guevara's current project is a series of paintings of Texas
train depots, choosing them for their character and not for their
present condition. His preference is for the unvarnished buildings
that have survived their trials without benefit of restoration.
He puts 20 to 40 hours into each painting, which doesn’t include travel
time, for he insists on painting each building where it stands (or
in Flatonia’s case: where
it fell). Due to his on-site work, he must work fast for he’s often
interrupted by curious local residents who usually leave their encounter
with a new respect for their town’s overlooked gem.
The artist surveys
the subject - Giddings
| The storm-damaged
Flatonia Depot is captured
in October of 2007
neglected freight depot gets some attention on an October Sunday afternoon.
up-close and personal visits also provide Jacinto opportunities to
add details not found in photographs such as a wandering rooster,
discarded personal affects or whatever happens to be present at the
time of his sketch. The painting is then fleshed-out back in San
Texas Depot Sketch
TE photo, October 2007
Copyright Jacinto Guevara
has captured so far, are Lometa,
Lodi / Floresville,
Flatonia, and Giddings.
The first painting in the series, Lometa was bought by UTSA for its
These train station paintings will be exhibited in a January (2008)
show in San Antonio
called They Don't Stop Here hosted by Gallery118 Broadway,
|A gathering of
critics and connoisseurs at Giddings
take time-out for a bath.
TE Photo, October 2007
STOP HERE ANYMORE
13 ancient train
station depictions and other paintings by
downtown San Antonio where Broadway starts at Houston Street.
public reception: Saturday, January 19, 2008
open each Friday, Saturday, Sunday in January 2008
The acrylic paintings in this exhibition, depicting various defunct
were all painted on site and are not copies of fotographs. The depots
depicted are those in Lometa, Lytle, Poth, Pleasanton, Floresville,
Kyle, Waring, Comfort, Coupland, Flatonia, Giddings, La Grange and