Royse Contemporary to present DeCaussin, Szabo


Royse Contemporary will present “Midcentury in the Desert,” a two person exhibition showcasing the photorealistic oil paintings of Cam DeCaussin and the black and white photography of Marilyn Szabo.

On display Feb. 13 through March 15 at Royse Contemporary located in the Scottsdale Arts District, 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6, the exhibition reflects on the influences and prevalence of midcentury architecture in the Arizona desert.

The exhibition highlights the beauty of the architecture and desert, while accentuating the artist’s use of imagery, engaging style, and strong voice, according to a press release.

“Midcentury in the Desert” will open to the public on Thursday, Feb. 13, with a special artist reception, coinciding with the weekly Scottsdale ArtWalk from 6 to 9 p.m., along with an opportunity to meet the featured artists and curator, plus light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

Mr. DeCaussin is an oil painter described as having a “keen eye for detail and an incredible ability to capture the energy and mystery within his subjects,” the release said of his work inspired by empty, quiet living spaces and the ability to express themes of solace, sadness, separation and contemplation.

Influenced by the work of painter Edward Hopper and photographer Gregory Crewdson, he was formally trained in the arts receiving his bachelor’s of fine art in illustration from Grand Valley State University and masters of fine art in painting and drawing from Arizona State University.

His work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions including: AZ Biennial Tucson Museum of Art, Fine Art Complex 1101, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, and Renmin University and more, the release noted.

Ms. Szabo, described as “a true creative force in Arizona culture” has worked for more than 25 years as a photographer and her various photographic subjects and work has been praised for its depth, craftsmanship and versatility.

She received her bachelors in history from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in photography, the release stated.

As artist, curator and historian, Ms. Szabo published book At Work in Arizona: the First 100, funded by Alliance Bank of Arizona featuring 168 pages including 80 of Szabo’s photographs, culminating a 15-year endeavo, the release added.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in many public and private collections. Her work has garnered prestigious awards and grants, including five from the arts commission, plus she received the Alligator Juniper’s 2010 National Photography Award and cover.