Entirely Elephants Opening Reception

Friday Jan 5, 2018

15B First Street
Cerrillos, NM 87010






Barbara Briggs

Phone: 505-474-9326
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Artist Nigel Conway shows his series focusing purely on pachyderms. Live music from Temporary Saints with special guest Tom Briggs.


Cerrillos Station in Cerrillos, New Mexico, is proud to host celebrated artist Nigel Conway for the opening of his newest show, Entirely Elephants, on Friday, January 5th.  This will be Mr. Conway’s first show in the Madrid/Cerrillos area, which has been his home for nearly twenty years.  The opening reception will feature the music of Temporary Saints (Tim Arnold and Lance Highers) with special guest Tom Briggs, from 4-7 pm.

While Mr. Conway has occasionally veered away from human figures, Entirely Elephants is his first series focusing purely on pachyderms.  Since his childhood in England, Nigel has admired elephants for their patient power, longevity and dignity.  These varied images present the iconic elephantine form — bumpy skin, long trunk, matriarchal bearing — with a childlike enthusiasm tempered by an adult’s comprehension of vulnerability.

Born in Manchester, England, in 1966, Nigel emigrated to the United States in the early 1990’s and became a citizen one decade ago.  Drawing comparisons to Heckel, Picasso, Giacometti, Basquiat, Miró and Schiele, Mr. Conway’s abstract figurative work is distinguished by the mute, watchful characters who emerge from his playful color compositions.  He works primarily with pastel and ink on layers of plaster, resin, and varnish.  Mr. Conway’s works are included in revered private collections and prominent galleries from Aspen to Dubai, as well as in public institutions such as the New Mexico Art Collection in Santa Fe’s Bataan Memorial Building.

Cerrillos Station opened in 2016, reinvigorating a 130-year-old building which had housed the Whatnot Shop since the 1950’s.  It received a commendation from the USDA for its extensive environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient renovations.  Cerrillos Station is a multi-use space with an art gallery, mercantile boutique, yoga/dance studio, hair salon and massage services.  In addition to art openings, it also hosts literary readings and cultural events.    

The charming village of Los Cerrillos is located twenty miles south of Santa Fe on Highway 14.  Over the last two centuries of its existence, it has gone from being a contender for the state capitol to a ghost town.  Its authentic dusty streets and adobe buildings have kept it a highly-sought backdrop for feature films and television series.

directions:  at the Galisteo Bridge on Highway 14, turn west onto Main Street.  After 100 yards, make a right at the first (only) stop sign.  Cerrillos Station is located at 15B First Street, last building on the right before the train tracks.   

For more information, please call Cerrillos Station at (505) 474-9326, email cerrillosstation@icloud.com, or visit  www.cerrillosstation.com.