Edge of Realism 2016 @ Abend Gallery

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Abend Gallery invites you back towards the Edge of Realism, bringing you a highly anticipated group show exhibiting a delectable sample of realist painters from around the world. The show welcomes you to absorb the mix of art with an open heart. With that in mind, Abend Gallery encourages you to let abstracted realism tingle your senses and the veil of surrealism to flow freely around your being. The Edge of Realism has never been so exhilarating.

Edge of Realism 2016


Opening Reception:

Thursday, June 23, 6-9 pm

Exhibition Dates:
June 23, 2016 – July 23, 2016

Abend Gallery

2260 E Colfax Ave. | Denver, CO 80206

303-355-0950 | 800-288-3726

Participating artists:

Kari-Lise Alexander, Johan Barrios, Alex Beck, Joshua Carlton, Jacob Dhein, Alpay Efe, Þorgrímur Einarsson, Nathaniel Evans, Valentin Fischer, Benjamin Garcia, Justin Hopkins, Adam Lupton, JeanPaul Mallozzi, Blake Neubert, Oda & King, Gage Opdenbrouw, Tammi Otis, Jane Radstrom, Rob Rey, Nick Runge, Hiroshi Sato, Che Smith, Britt Snyder, Rashelle Stetman, Helice Wen, John Wentz, Wendelin Wohlgemuth, Yoshino, Drew Young and Zack Zdrale.

Entering its third year running, Edge of Realism 2016 promises to upkeep its effortlessly elegant persona. The collection comprises of paintings that fall under the umbrella category of realism, yet push right up to its boundaries. The highly rendered works of Kari-Lise Alexander and Brett Snyder stand bold, playing with the subtleties of surrealism. Justin Hopkins’ meticulously layered portraits, created using oil paint and suspended between layers of acrylic resin, encourage you to interpret his works’ hidden depths. Rob Rey merges elements of fantasy and sci-fi into his realism paintings, and the deconstructed works of Benjamin Garcia and John Wentz allow you to absorb starkly refreshing interpretations of the world as we know it. As the Russian Formalist critic Viktor Shklovsky once said, “Art exists to make one feels things, to make the stone stony.” Edge of Realism 2016 at Abend Gallery brings forth all of the roots of reality, existing to make you feel realism in all of its forms – right up to the Edge.

The show will exhibit up until Saturday July 23, 2016. For further details visit Abend Gallery’s website or contact Dave Ethridge on 303-355-0950 / 800-288-3726.


Abend_Gallery_Beautiful_Bizarre_020Jane Radstrom – ‘Hope’

Abend_Gallery_Beautiful_Bizarre_022Adam Lupton – ‘Analysis Paralysis’

Abend_Gallery_Beautiful_Bizarre_021Jacob Dhein – ‘Nude in Purple’

Abend_Gallery_Beautiful_Bizarre_024Zack Zdrale – ‘N.G.’Abend_Gallery_Beautiful_Bizarre_023

Oda & King – ‘Rebirth’

Abend_Gallery_Beautiful_Bizarre_025Drew Young – ‘The Mongrel’s Den’

Abend_Gallery_Beautiful_Bizarre_027Rashelle Stetman – ‘She Offered Me Solace But All I Saw Were Stones’

Abend_Gallery_Beautiful_Bizarre_026Wendelin Wohlgemuth – Untitled

Abend_Gallery_Beautiful_Bizarre_028Rob Rey – ‘Stardust IV’


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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