Photo of the Week: the Beatles meet religion in Richard Montoya’s art

Mother Mary by Richard Montoya, photo Steve Collins
“Mother Mary,” a retablo based on the Beatle’s song by Chimayó artist Richard Montoya photo/Steve Collins

We took a ride up to the village of Chimayó this week. The town is famous for its chiles and its weaving. It’s also home to generations of artists creating Spanish Colonial art. We discovered Theresa’s Gallery, a treasure trove of work by local artists. Both Theresa Montoya and her husband Richard are retablo artists. Retablos are religious paintings with a long tradition in New Mexico.Richard, whose family arrived in the area around 1693, is known for his tongue and cheek Beatle paintings. He portrays the Fab Four as classic Spanish Colonial style saints, in this case Saints John, Paul, George and Richard (aka Ringo). Each painting is based on one of the group’s songs. Shown here; Mother Mary. Richard Montoya’s work is featured Linda Webb’s book, Beatle Art, Fantastic New Artwork of the Fab Four.

Our adventure companion for the day was travel writer Elizabeth Rose. Read her piece on Theresa’s Gallery.

Read more about Chimayó. If you want to lexplore Chimayó or ride the High Road to Taos with a guide, contact us.



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