Contemporary Figuration 2016 @ Abend Gallery

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After a resounding success with last year’s first ever Contemporary Figuration, the eclectic group show returns to Abend Gallery to share even more exclusive interpretations of figurative painting in the modern day. Abend Gallery opens its doors to both the well-established and emerging artists, each putting their own mark on the visual explorations of contemporary figuration. The mix of works in store is not only mesmerising, yet refreshingly versatile. Abend’s latest group show supports each artist as they add their individual voices to the ongoing evolution of the genre.

Contemporary Figuration 2016

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 13 | 6-9pm


Exhibition Dates:
May 13 – June 18, 2016

Abend Gallery

2260 E Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206 – Tel: 303-355-0950 | 800-288-3726
Hours: Tue-Sat, 10 – 6pm

Participating artists:

Rebecca Mason Adams, Jaclyn Alderete, Daliah Ammar, Anna Rose Bain, Jennifer Balkan, Alex Beck, Linda Tracey Brandon, Victoria Castillo, James Crandall, Judith Dickinson, Jacob Dhein, Kathiucia Dias, Kim English, Alpay Efe, Alia El-Bermani, Mary Chiaramonte, Michael Dowling, Delfin Finley, Teresa Elliott, Thorgrimur Einarsson, Valentin Fischer, Anna Hammer, Johanna Harmon, Derek Harrison, Justin Hopkins, Olga Krimon, Sergio Lopez, Shana Levenson, Nicolas Martin, Joseph Martinez, Jennifer McChristian, Peggy McGivern, Ryan Morse, Blake Neubert, Karen Offutt, Gage Opdenbrouw, Tammi Otis, Matthew Paoletti, Jane Radstrom, Rob Rey, Devon Rodriguez, Matthew Saba, Hiroshi Sato, Kirsten Savage, Mark Bradley Schwartz, Che SmithSuzy Smith, Britt Snyder, Clyde Steadman, Eric G. Thompson, Sharon Pomales-Tousey, Hsin-Yao Tseng, Michael Van Zeyl, Emilio Villalba, John Wentz and Zack Zdrale.

adams-rebecca-Abend-Beautiful_Bizarre_001‘Georgia No. 1’ – Rebecca Mason Adams

Press Release:

“Contemporary Figuration is an argument that high-caliber figurative work has a place in Denver, and that local and regional artists have an important voice to contribute to the genre. Curators Dave Ethridge and Connor Serr have carved out a niche within the local art scene, exhibiting some of the most exciting and note-worthy works from some of the most reputable and ground-breaking portrait artists working today… As a viewer one will find that there is much more to be discovered and discussed when examining the paintings, extending well past the already established ideas and concepts one typically thinks of… There are a lot of new ideas and techniques to explore, making this exhibition an ever-evolving and important event in the context of the contemporary art scene.”

Contemporary Figuration will be exhibiting at Abend Gallery until June 4, 2016. For more information, visit their website or call 303-355-0950 to find our more information.


“Exulansis” – Daliah Ammar


“Fire Dance” – Anna Rose Bain

dhein-jacob-Abend-Gallery-Beautiful-Bizarre-001“Nude in Green and Orange” – Jacob Dhein

smith-suzy-Abend-Gallery-Beautiful-Bizarre-001“Calling Mouse Trap” – Suzy Smith


“Blind Prediction” – Mary Chiaramonte


“Warm and Cool” – Cody Erickson

rey-rob-Abend-Gallery-Beautiful-Bizarre-002“Stardust” – Rob Rey


“Harmony” – Derek Harrison

lopez-sergio-Abend-Gallery-Beautiful-Bizarre-001“Penelope” – Sergio Lopez

“Erin” – Karen Offutt

ryan-morse-Abend-Gallery-Beautiful-Bizarre-001“Into the Light” – Ryan Morse


About Author

Based in the UK, Natalia Joruk enjoys a life surrounded by art, nature, and curious trinkets. As Deputy Editor, she's worked closely with the Editor-in-Chief for over a decade, supporting with the design and growth of Beautiful Bizarre and the maintenance of the annual Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize. Natalia also oversees sponsor partnerships for the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, and distribution of the magazine, so drop her an email if you know someone who would like to sponsor or stock! She also writes 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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