Drawing inspiration from her travels, her beloved adopted country of Mexico, the Surrealist movement and her friends, Rosa was a lifelong beacon of creativity.
If you’ve ever wandered beyond the first floor of the Arizona Senate, you’ve likely seen the work of Jim Covarrubias, a Phoenix-based artist whose paintings have adorned the hallways of the second and third floors for more than a year. Covarrubias, whose downtown Phoenix studio is full to the brim of paintings, has a wide variety to choose from, and has curated and adjusted the work on display in the Senate over that time. He has plans to feature other artists as well, with a gallery planned for the walls outside Senate President Andy Biggs’ office, to be displayed as early as in May.
Often labeled as the fastest drawer in the west, Jim paints with lightning speed churning out paintings of his heroes, famous people, life altering events and intimate portraits of his friends and family. He has an uncanny ability to create presentations of live painting demonstrations while talking succinctly about the process unfolding or points of art history.
An altogether arguable list of the Valley’s Top 10 defining art “movements.”
Hot Topics, by design, are meant to court a little controversy. We expect it when we’re writing about hot-button, politicized topics like education, immigration, gun rights, etc. What we didn’t expect was for this month’s topic – defining art movements in the history of the Phoenix metropolitan area – to be such a lightning rod.
El martes 17 de marzo las oficinas del Senado de Arizona cobraron vida durante la recepción de arte organizada por el Caucus Legislativo Latino.
Las paredes de los pisos del edificio legislativo le dieron lugar a 68 pinturas a veces coloridas, a veces abstractas, a veces políticas pero siempre intrigantes piezas del artista local Jim Covarrubias.
“Sacred is a place that allows someone to be private and connect with their soul,” says Covarrubias. He wanted this collection at the beginning of the New Year to let artists share their private spaces and connect with the viewers.
Jim Covarrubias is a native Arizonan, an influential Chicano artist, an Army veteran from the Vietnam era, a muralist and a performance artist whose paintings are big, bold and reflective of his life and of Arizona.
Jim Covarrubias grew up in Kingman, Arizona in the beautiful Hualapai Mountains. There were Mexican artists in his lineage so the love of the arts was nutured as was the fascination for the Western cowboy and Native‐American history. Covarrubias is the CEO atAriztlan, Inc. a 501c3 non‐profit educational corporation dedicated to documenting, sharing and creating Native‐American/Hispanic arts and culture of the southwest