The elements in the best Roy Andersen paintings are all present and accounted for in Running the Ponies. Coming up over a hill, two Indians return from what looks to have been a wildly successful raid or battle. Fresh mounts for the tribe will come in handy. Those that aren’t needed will be traded for other things that are. Andersen lets the oranges, pinks, and purples in the sky, mirrored in the hoof-pounded earth, stand in for the thunder and abandon of this victorious moment. The dust, colored pink in the setting sun, throws a haze of myth over the whole painting, uniting everything in an elemental cloud.
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