Don’t miss out on “PORTRAITS” at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, on display through Saturday, April 18.
This eclectic and very popular invitational exhibition features a wide selection of highly original portraiture works by: D. Michael Coffee, Colorado; Sarah Comerford, Colorado; Mike Frick, Arizona; Shaun Martin, Colorado; and Maureen May, Colorado.
“PORTRAITS” also features “From the Photo”, a special project comprised of photography, paintings and mixed media collage creatively assembled by Ivy King and Karl Isberg, of Colorado.
“PORTRAITS” includes a number of works that are commentary in nature. These pieces portray fictional or real personalities, telling real or imagined stories, or expressing closely held beliefs.
Such is the case with artist, Sarah Comerford, whose powerful painting “Kids with Guns” references the Iraq war.
Comerford’s compelling oil on canvas measures 6 feet high by 5-1/2 feet wide, and required several months of painstaking and often frustrating development prior to being completed for inclusion in “PORTRAITS”.
“The image didn’t come all at once,” states Comerford. “I was inspired by the CDs that my 20-year-old son makes for me.
“The last few (CDs) have been dance music about the Iraq war, which began when he was 14,” Comerford continues.
“To me it’s sort of stunning,” Comerford concludes. “ Enjoy the moment because everything is completely out of our control.”
Flagstaff artist, Mike Frick, provides the viewer with yet another perspective on portraiture, uniquely his own, and a true reflection of his sardonic sense of humor, style and outlook on life.
Frick’s work is often impractical in nature, containing distorted perspectives, playful imagery, and garish colors, making it strangely alluring. In other instances, Frick’s portraits have a hauntingly beautiful quality to them, as with his intimate oil painting “Narcissmo 2.”
“It’s as if she is looking into my sou …” a viewer comments. “Very interesting use of color and shading. Striking.”
Some of the works on display are self-portraits, as with artist Maureen May. May’s portraits are introspective by nature, reflective of the maker’s image and characteristics as viewed and expressed through her own private lens.
Through the process of creating self-portraits over the course of 20 years, May has gained a better insight into her own psyche, along with a better understanding of the human form. She also learned to accept herself as an outsider, “as so many artists tend to be,” and to become more comfortable in her own skin.
“All humans carry around with them many stories, but so few of them come to light to the casual observer,” states May.
“In my artwork, I am inviting the viewer to join me on a deeper exploration into what makes all of us unique,” May continues.
Whether real or imagined, these “portraits” will inspire wonder in the viewer. Some might also see a glimpse of themselves as though looking through a mirror, or simply be entertained by the high level of creativity at hand.
SHY RABBIT gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. This exhibition is free, and open to the public.
SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard. For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766.
For more information on exhibitions, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.