September 6 – November 8, 2016
Featuring Rick Brogan, Steve Griggs, Elayne Moseley, and Bruce Zander
Artists Reception: Friday, September 23rd, 2016 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
MFA – Painting – Denver University
16 – One Man Shows
Gallery – Saks Gallery – Cherry Creek
Faculty – Arts Students League of Denver Curtis Arts & Humanities – Greenwood Village
Paintings done in gouache & oil – All are recent works
I have always been drawn to watercolor painting; the unique flow of paint, the melting color, the way light takes shape and comes alive on the paper. I have learned several life lessons from watercolor painting such as acceptance and perseverance, letting go and pushing through, and how to be more free.
Although I make my home in Colorado, painting has taken me to grand places on both coasts and in the Midwest. Other mediums have attracted me, watercolor is the one that fits.
I remember walking into an awesome gallery once when I was a closet painter and saying to my wife and best friend, Sue, that it was my dream to one day show in a gallery like this one…she agreed that it would be awesome. In 2005 I submitted a painting to the Gilpin County Arts Association Annual Juried show. The painting got accepted and as we arrived for the opening night, climbing the stairs, we turned to each other and, at the same time, remembered that this was the gallery in which I had spoken those words. They had long since slipped away into time but came back with the excitement of my first show…in the very gallery where I had spoken my dream.
I paint landscapes because they are a part of each of us. They are the places where we find or lives, our beginnings, and often take for granted. I believe paintings remind us to stop and take in the world around us. They help us to see. Really see things and to hold onto the experience. They reflect who we are; the smells, the sounds, the feelings, and the texture of our souls.
This is what I am trying to capture when I paint.
“To send light into the darkness of our hearts such is the duty of the artist.” Schuman.
I couldn’t have said it better. For more info: facebook.com/stevegriggswatercolor/photos
Art is a reflection of what the artist sees and feels then translates into a visual medium. It can be moments in time, a glimpse of the past, a shared experience, a noticed detail or a mindfulness of place. My drawings often contain some or all of these things. While I am traveling, I will create some quick sketches of places I’m visiting and take photo references for utilizing in my larger drawings or paintings. I also use photographs from my family’s past for some of my work.
I am a native Texan but have lived most of my adult life in Colorado. I have a BFA in Secondary Art Education from Texas Christian University, with graduate hours from the Univ. of Houston and continuing education classes from the Art Students League of Denver where I am currently an Instructor. I am a full time self employed artist with my own studio. My work has been exhibited in several galleries in the Denver area, as well as in San Francisco and in juried shows in New York City and Chicago. I have been in numerous art fairs including the Cherry Creek Art Festival. Three of my drawings have been published in two drawing books, “Strokes of Genius 5” and “Strokes of Genius 7” with North Light Books Publisher.
For more information: emoseleygallery.com
Monochrome imagery allows us to see the world in a way that draws our attention to light, forms, and textures we may otherwise miss with the eye. Such imagery reveals a melody and a rhythm in the world around us that we cannot detect with the full range of color.
Zander’s monochrome intaglio prints are reinventions of black and white photographs taken by him, using etched plate renditions of his imagery to create a new interpretation of the photograph. Each of his prints explores the visual melody found in visions of landscape, people, architecture, and the abstract. The intaglio printing technique renders a wide range of tonal values in the final print allowing the emotion of each image to be explored by the viewer.
While using the age-old printmaking technique of intaglio, Zander adds swathes of color chine-collé paper embedded in the print to further emphasize the feeling of the monochrome image. The added dimension of chine-collé brings visual emphasis and excitement to the final print.
Capturing images through photography has been a passion for most of my life. More recently, I have begun the process of translating my photographic images into intaglio prints. Although intaglio printmaking has been around for centuries, I use a contemporary version of printmaking that allows me to convert my photographic images into ink-based intaglio prints. I believe the resulting intaglio print gives my images a texture and feeling similar to a vintage etching.
The process starts with a black and white photograph I have developed in the traditional darkroom. The photograph is then converted to an etched metal plate. I use the metal plate to print limited edition intaglio prints. I use the highest quality of inks and papers to result in museum-quality prints.
Although largely self-taught, I have studied the techniques and philosophies of masters of the black and white print for many years. In addition, I have studied with fine art photographers Alan Ross (assistant to Ansel Adams), John Ward (Colorado), and Howard Bond (Michigan) in courses taught by them on advanced printing techniques and photographic theory. My images have been shown in galleries selected for juried gallery shows and publications. I have had one-man shows displaying my intaglio prints, silver print photographs, and large canvas pieces known as “intaglio-in-collage.” Both my photographs and intaglio prints are part of private and commercial collections.
All of my printmaking is done at the Art Students League of Denver. I have continued my studies under a master printmaker at the League to further expand on my work.
For More info: brucezander.com