Che Leviathan’s ‘Subspecies’ @ Abend Gallery


In her debut solo show, Che Leviathan brings her special blend of raw energy, bold brush strokes and alternative aesthetic to Abend Gallery in Denver, CO. It’s hard not to become engrossed in her selection of highly vibrant figurative paintings carefully selected for her debut show, ‘Subspecies’. Che Leviathan’s iconic style rings true, offering you to look further into each painting and to study not only each subject’s predominant features such as their tattoos and clothing, but deeper. Within her works, facial expressions and subtle body language tell personal stories behind each subject. ‘Subspecies’ gives you the chance to glimpse alternative lives – both that of the artist and of the people she surrounds herself with.

Che Leviathan’s ‘Subspecies’


Opening Reception:
Thursday July 28, 2016 | 6-9 PM

Exhibition Dates:
July 28 – August 27, 2016

Abend Gallery

2260 E Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206
303-355- 0950 | 800-288- 3726

Hours: Tue-Sat, 10-6 pm

Born in Oakland, California, Che Leviathan’s artwork has been greatly inspired by punk and rock subcultures, studying the beauty and significance of their related aesthetics; clothes, make-up, tattoos and even revolutionary attitudes are all encompassed within Che’s memorable paintings. She found a flame in drawing inspiration from such like-minded people, and that fire continues to produce an intense vitality in each piece Che creates.

Press Release:

In “Goodbye Horses”, we see two figures outside, one enjoying a cigarette while the other’s eyes are focused away from the scene. Again, we are made to take notice of the smaller details, the decorative assemblage of each of the figures outward aesthetic. From the buttons on their jackets to their piercings, tattoos, and the graphics on their t-shirts, everything is carefully highlighted by Leviathan… As a viewer, it is readily apparent that Leviathan is not only able to capture the attributes of the people she paints but she is also able to express something more. There is something emanating off her work, a strong sense of the person’s essence or personality or aura or some combination thereof. It is this feeling that draws you in and makes you feel as though you’ve been given the opportunity to see something more personal. Her iconic style resonates throughout, making it easily recognizable while simultaneously presenting works that are wholly original”

For purchasing information contact: Connor Serr, 303-828- 8856 or Dave Ethridge, 720-273- 7099. More details can be found at Abend Gallery’s website.


Che_Leviathan_beautiful_bizarre_002The Serenade Is Dead


Che_Leviathan_beautiful_bizarre_004Hex the System

Che_Leviathan_beautiful_bizarre_005Goodbye Horses




Che_Leviathan_beautiful_bizarre_009The Coroner

Che_Leviathan_beautiful_bizarre_011Deep Six

Che_Leviathan_beautiful_bizarre_012A Cat’s Lamentation


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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