Contemporary realism -
Alexandra Manukyan, “Zanskar Maiden,” 2018, oil on Belgian linen, 24 x 18 in.

Gallery 1261 in Denver, Colorado, has announced its latest iteration of “Contemporary Realism.” This exhibition celebrates a wide range of ideas through the eyes of a multitude of artists, from those just starting out to the well-established.

Contemporary portrait paintings -
Michael Bergt, “Weaving Your Way,” 2019, gouache, colored pencil, and ink, 18 x 13 in.

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Contemporary Realism can be described as a straightforward approach to representation; it continues to be widely practiced in the contemporary post-abstract era. Realism within this exhibition is depicted in varying degrees, from hyper-real, which can be somewhat exaggerated, ironic, and conceptual in its nature, to semi-abstract, enticing the eye with a more relaxed approach. Each artist brings their own ideas and perspective to the table.

Figurative art -
Judith Peck, “American Dreaming,” 2019, oil, 30 x 24 in.

Contemporary Realists form a disparate group, but what they share is that they are literate in the concepts of modern art but choose to work in a more traditional form. Many contemporary realists actually began as abstract painters, having come through an educational system dominated by professors and theorists dismissive of representational painting.

Figurative art -
Grant Gilsdorf, “New School,” 2019, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in.

In this exhibit, no two artists approach their painting the same way. The subject matter is abundant and widely expansive, yet as a whole, the works seamlessly meld together within the exhibition.

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Contemporary realism -
Fred Wessel, “The Constellation Delphinus,” 2014, egg tempera, gold and silver leaf, 24 x 18 in.

Participating artists:
Daud Akhriev, Michael Bergt, Daniel Bilmes, Gregory Block, David Cheifetz, Robin Cole, Jennes Cortez, Valerio D’Ospina, Teresa Elliott, Zoey Frank, Scott Fraser, Tanja Gant, Grant Gilsdorf, Patrick Kramer, Nick Leibee, Jeff Legg, Susan Lyon, Stephen Mangum, Alexandra Manukyan, Joseph McGurl, Eloy Morales, Renato Muccillo, Patrick Nevins, Judith Peck, Sara Scribner, Daniel Sprick, Adrienne Stein, Anthony Waichulis, Jason Walker, Fred Wessel, Anne-Marie Zanetti, Elizabeth Zanzinger

Additional Contemporary Realist Paintings:

Figurative art -
Sara Scribner, “Evening Hollyhocks,” 2019, oil on aluminum, 8 x 24 in.
Contemporary realism -
Stephen Mangum, “Candy,” 2017, oil on linen, 60 x 36 in.
Figurative art -
Tanja Gant, “Oracle,” 2019, colored pencil, 15 x 20 in.
Contemporary realism -
Anne Marie Zanetti, “Essence,” oil on linen, 40.5 x 29.9 in.
Contemporary realism -
Eloy Morales, “Figure 1,” oil on canvas, 15.5 x 15.5 in.

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