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Urban Landscapes of Jacinto Guevara

They Paint Depots, Don't They?

Preview of a 2008 San Antonio Exhibition

by Johnny Stucco
Lytle Texas depot, painting by Jacinto Guevara
The Lytle Train Station
Arcyric Painting by Jacinto Guevara, 2007

“They don’t stop here.”

Jacinto 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.
Jacinto Guevara Painting Giddings Texas depot

The artist surveys the subject - Giddings October 2007
TE Photo

Jacinto Guevara painting Flatonia Depot

The storm-damaged Flatonia Depot is captured in October of 2007
TE Photo

Jacinto Guevara painting Giddings' freight depot

Giddings' neglected freight depot gets some attention on an October Sunday afternoon. TE Photo 2007

These 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 Antonio.
Jacinto Guevara Waring Texas Depot Sketch

Waring Texas Depot Sketch
Copyright Jacinto Guevara
TE photo, October 2007

Jacinto Guevara painting of Poth Texas depot
The Poth, Texas Depot
Copyright Jacinto Guevara
Among the depots Jacinto Guevara has captured so far, are Lometa, Lytle, Poth, Lodi / Floresville, Waring, Pleasanton, Flatonia, and Giddings. The first painting in the series, Lometa was bought by UTSA for its permanent collection.

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, San Antonio.
Grackles taking bath in Gidding Texas
A gathering of critics and connoisseurs at Giddings take time-out for a bath.
TE Photo, October 2007
THEY DON'T STOP HERE ANYMORE
13 ancient train station depictions and other paintings by
Jacinto Guevara
January 2008
Gallery 118
San Antonio, Tejas

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 train depots,
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 Hondo.
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Photos of paintings copyright Jacinto Guevara
Article and TE Photos Copyright John Troesser
First published October 10, 2007

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