Nexus @ Abend Gallery

Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado, has been at the forefront of fine art promotion since 1990. One of the reasons Abend Gallery has continued to achieve such exceptionally positive responses is due to their versatility, continuously pushing the boundaries and topics that can be covered under the umbrella definition of ‘fine art’. In their upcoming show, Nexus, Abend Gallery has invited 33 different artists to extend the traditional circle of permanent art and explore its stereotypical rebellious sibling: the tattoo.



Opening Reception:

Friday, April 8, 2016 | 6-9 pm

Exhibition Dates:

April 8 – May 7, 2016

Opening hours: Tue-Sat, 10-6pm

Abend Gallery

2260 E Colfax Ave. | Denver | CO 80206

For more information please contact the gallery directly at 303-355-0950 or 800-288-3726

Participating Artists:

Erin Anderson, Shawn Barber, Jennifer Balkan, James Caffyn, Joshua Carlton, Sean Cheetham, Carl Dobsky, Felcia Forte, David Gluck, Adrian Gottlieb, Jeffrey Hein, Mat Hurtado, Nikko Hurtado, David Kassan, John Lally, Henry Lewis, Shana Levenson, Jeremy Mann, Alexandra Manukyan, Ian Mckown, Aaron Nagel, Oda & King, Teresa Oaxaca, Karla Ortiz, Julio Reyes, Camila Rocha, Sergio Sanchez, Che Smith, Carlos Torres, John Wentz, Pamela Wilson, Vincent Xeus, Kate Zambrano.


Oda & King

“Tattoo and painting, as different as their consumer demographics are, satisfy the same needs in their enthusiasts: the need for beauty, for adornment, for personal meaning, for longevity. Like acquiring a painting, acquiring a tattoo must mean the acquisition of an aesthetic and well-crafted work of art that will last a lifetime.” explains David Gluck, co-curator of Nexus and fellow artist at Abend Gallery. “While tattoo art is emerging as an every-man’s art form, painting, the dominant institution in the visual art world for millennia, remains a strong inspiration to new artists of all mediums, including tattoo artists. Now this influence can be seen manifesting in both directions, with painters taking influence from the subject matter and trends of the tattoo arts.”

The artists exhibiting in Nexus have all been influenced by the tattoo culture and its linked styles of artwork, bringing together differentiating styles of painting under one roof. Expect richly coloured oils, sensuous portraits and hints of esoteric surrealism among the works, all ready and waiting to guide you through a new marriage between tattoo and fine art. Commendably, many of the artists are themselves tattoo artists as well as painters. Nexus brings to light a delightfully eclectic display of fine art paintings, enhancing the beauty of body art in a wonderful crossover between these two equally influential mediums.


James Caffyn


Jennifer Balkan


Shawn Barber


David Gluck


Kate Zambrano


Adrian Gottlieb


Jeremy Mann


Alexandra Manukyan


Teresa Oaxaca


Julio Reyes


Mat Hurtado


Shana Levenson


David Kassan


Aaron Nagel


John Wentz


Che Smith


About Author

Based in the UK, Natalia Joruk lives amongst a mass of art, nature, curious trinkets and green tea. As Deputy Editor, Natalia works closely with the Editor-in-Chief, supporting with the design, curation and overall growth of Beautiful Bizarre and the annual Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize. She also oversees distribution of the magazine, so drop her a line if you know someone who would like to stock! Utilising her experience as a freelance writer, Natalia also engages with editorial writing and proofreading for both the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine website and print publication. One of her favourite perks is getting to know artists, gallery owners and their teams personally, so feel free to email her if there is anything she can help you with – or just to connect!


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