Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mirada Fine Art's 'CALM in the STORM'

Opening reception of Mirada Fine Art's 'CALM in the STORM' 

Mirada Fine Art's co-owner Jenni Sonnen enjoys a moment during the 'Calm in the Storm' opening reception.
Mirada Fine Art's 'CALM in the STORM' opening reception on March 31, 2017
A patron immerses herself in the painting 'Vista: Haven' by artist Bruce Marion at Mirada Fine Art.
Mirada Fine Art's 'CALM in the STORM' opening reception.
Copper Tritscheller's 'Curious Conversaton' at Mirada Fine Art.
Melanie Warsinske's beautiful 'Silence' painting was unveiled at Mirada Fine Art's 'CALM in the STORM' exhibition.
Mirada Fine Art's 'CALM in the STORM.'

Friday, March 31, 2017

Cynthia Chartier at Mirada Fine Art!

Mirada Fine Art is absolutely thrilled to introduce our newest artist, Cynthia Chartier!

Cynthia Chartier at Mirada Fine Art, 'Freedom (Stars & Stripes),' Mixed Media on Canvas, 60" x 48"
Fascinated by how great music, cultures and literature are iconic of the present yet reflect the past and continue to evolve into the future, artist Cynthia Chartiér strives to imbue her work with the same timeless emotional layering.

Cynthia Chartier at Mirada Fine Art, 'Henri Matisse,' Mixed Media on Canvas, 60" x 48"

Born in Boston, Cynthia began her art studies at that city’s Notre Dame Art School at the age of eight, continuing her studies throughout Europe during summer months of summer vacation. Understanding of the artistic process and technique continued to develop while studying at the Boston Musuem School, the Monstserrat School of Vistual Art and the Norton Museum School of Art.  Exposure to a vast array of artists and techniques combined with personal artistic experimentation, resultied in
Chartiér’s stunningly unique and richly textured multi-media works of art.

Cynthia Chartier is now represented by Mirada Fine Art in Colorado

Primarily figurative, Cynthia’s paintings echo the multitudes of emotion, energy, expression and vision reflected and sometimes buried within the people she finds most engaging.  To create her trademark reflective quality and prisms of color, the artist builds vibrant layers of jewel tone paint, glazes, symphony sheet music, manuscripts, rare textiles and found objects to create both physical and emotional texture.

Cynthia Chartier at Mirada Fine Art, 'The Queen (Shakespearean Sonnet), Mixed Media on Canvas, 30" x 30"

Language and symbolism are vital to Ms. Chartiér to convey the secret riddles and stories hidden within her work.  Her abstract expressionist style is skillfully and deliberately employed. The items chosen to be included in each painting are carefully hand-selected.  For instance, sheet music often makes an appearance, sometimes buried beneath other textural layers, to express the energy of an individual. “Emotions are like a beautiful language using various instruments played in the symphony,” Cynthia explains. “Sounds reflect prisms of color and imagery, mixing with soulful emotion.  Art is the mirror of who are and who we’d like to become.”

Denver's Best Art Gallery: Mirada Fine Art!

We're thrilled to announce that Mirada Fine Art was voted the 2017 'best art gallery' in the Denver metro area for the second year in a row.  The Denver A-List competition just announced their winners, and this year there were over 70,000 over 148 categories.  In the 'Art Gallery' category, there were almost 100 competing galleries, and Mirada Fine Art came out on top.  If you voted for Mirada, thank you so much!

If you would like to see all the results, go to the Denver A-List website.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Helene Caron at Mirada Fine Art

Helene Caron at Mirada Fine Art, 'Olivia,' Mixed Media on Panel, 40" x 40"

Hélène Caron’s lifelong love of animals is strikingly evident in her work. From the time she could hold a pencil as a tiny child, she spent endless hours sketching her furry best friends.  This devotion to the creatures and a deep-seated need to represent their individuality, led her to a full-time career fulfilling that passion.

Helene Caron at Mirada Fine Art, Shake II, Mixed Media on Panel, 48" x 48"
In her mid-twenties, Hélène realized horses had become a dominant subject matter for her.  Their dichotomous nature combining massive strength with incredible patience and softness became an embodiment of Caron’s artwork. Hélène found other animals that also encapsulated these qualities and began painting them as well.  A perfect contemporary blend of whimsy and realism, Caron’s pieces exude personality. Sensitive, fun and curious, each horse, cow, bear or wolf beckons you to get to know them.  Using layers of acrylic paint worked with palette knives and spatulas, the artist employs gels and pastes to add depth.  A hallmark of Caron’s work is the use of vivid colors within the subject, contrasted with backgrounds left intentionally blank, highlighting the spirit of each animal depicted.  Soulful eyes endearingly speak to and scrutinize you, entreating your love.  And while undeniably vibrant, they instill viewers with a sense of both uplifting energy and a deep sense of serenity.

Helene Caron studying her subject matter.
Born in Laval, Quebec, Helene now resides in Blainville, an off-island suburb of Montreal situated at the foot of the Laurentian Mountains, where for seven years she has happily devoted herself entirely to creating her art.  She has received numerous awards of distinction, and her work is part of both private and corporate collections throughout North America.

Mirada Fine Art is pleased to be the only gallery in the United States to represent the amazing artwork of Helene Caron!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Melanie Warsinske at Mirada Fine Art

Melanie Warsinske at Mirada Fine Art, 'Infinite Depths,' 
Oil/Mixed Media on Canvas, 60" x 48"

Rather than writing in a journal , Melanie Warsinske utilizes brushes and canvas to document her life path, preserving her memories and emotion. Travelling the world as a child with her family, she was fascinated by the shapes and textures she encountered in Nature. She saw clouds, water, mountains, even the human figure, as movement and form. When she began painting, she translated those surroundings to emotion, then transforming them into visual representations.

Melanie Warsinske at Mirada Fine Art, 'Majestic Warrior,' Oil/Mixed Media on Canvas, 40" x 40"
Encouraged by her family, Ms. Warsinske pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University.  Immediately thereafter she moved to Colorado, where she remains, continually inspired by its ever-changing majesty.  Work as a technical illustrator, color study artist and graphic designer over several decades honed her technical ability.  Experimentation in different media led to her current recognizable abstract expressionist style. The idiosyncracies of the environment continue to fascinate her—the contrast of motion and calm, power and vulnerability, drama and serenity.  These seeming dichotomies are reflected in her recognizable work.  She feels her strength as an artist lies in her ability to employ light and space, resulting in pure emotion being captured on canvas.
Melanie Warsinske at Mirada Fine Art, 'Infinite Series Triptych,'
Oil/Mixed Media on Canvas, 60" x 20" (x3)
Collectors throughout the United States connect with these visual diaries.  She has shown her work internationally, most recently at the Los Arcos Gallery in Chacala Mexico, where she worked as Artist in Residence, and the Nagasaki Museum of Art in Nagasaki, Japan.

Melanie Warsinske at Mirada Fine Art, 'The Surge,' Oil/Mixed Media on Canvas, 30" x 48"

Friday, September 30, 2016

Artists Reveal Inspirational Narratives Behind Work in 'story TELLERS'

Jeanne Bessette at Mirada Fine Art, 'All I Need,' Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 30"

Michael McGlaughlin at Mirada Fine Art, Squirrel & Oak, Bronze Sculpture

For instance, sculptor Michael McLaughlin explains that his whimsical ‘Squirrel and Oak’ piece began as an homage to the furry friends surrounding his Connecticut studio and foundry.  Having previously fostered two baby squirrels, which when healthy and strong had been returned to the forest, McLaughlin was inspired to recreate the high-wire acrobatics of the creatures.  Housed in a steel Quonset style building, a hickory tree has spread a beautiful canopy over much of the workshop. While working on the sculpture, a squirrel with a ravenous appetite for nuts lingered in the tree above the studio and unceremoniously rained a seemingly infinite number of shells clanging down upon the steel structure. This inspiration/torture lead Michael to include an oversized nut in his fanciful piece.

Janice Sugg at Mirada Fine Art, 'Yellow Light Through the Water,' Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 16"

Painter Janice Sugg will explain how her painting ‘Yellow Light Through the Water’ was inspired while living on a farm in Longmont, gazing into shimmering light reflecting from irrigation water on full moon nights, as well as why the horizon is a reoccurring theme in her work.  Throughout Mirada Fine Art Gallery other anecdotal explanations will be highlighted with corresponding artwork during the ‘Storytelling’ exhibition, which will run October 15 – November 6, 2016.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 14th from 6-9pm. 

William Barnhart at Mirada Fine Art, 'The Point of Relaxation,' Oil on Canvas, 48" x 48"

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Larisa Aukon and Lyudmila Agrich: Cityscapes Exhibition at Mirada Fine Art

Lyudmila Agrich's 'Summer Night in Paris' and Larisa Aukon's 'Moondust' paintings at Mirada.

Larisa Aukon at Mirada Fine Art, 'Lucid Dream,' Oil on Linen, 30" x 40"

Combined with incredible inherent skill and classical training, both artists have become masters at capturing the underlying glow and emotion of the urban landscape. Born in Russia, Lyudmila Agrich’s family settled in the port city of Odessa in southwest Ukraine, stunningly located by the Black Sea. Years spent in music and fine arts schools as a child led to a college degree in Architecture and Fine Arts.  After her move to the U.S. (she now resides in Denver) she pursued her Architectural career, but replaced her drafting board with canvasses in 2001 when she took up painting full time. Lush swipes of oil paint with a palette knife create textural ‘visual diaries’ for Lyudmila, whose glowing work bursts with the rhythm, energy and emotion of urban scenes. Quaint European towns and bustling metropolitan areas come to life, capturing intimate moments in ordinary life.
Lyudmila Agrich at Mirada Fine Art, 'Montmartre Cafe,' Oil on Canvas, 30" x 40"

A child prodigy, Latvian-born Larisa Aukon can’t remember a time she wasn’t communicating via a paintbrush. When she arrived in the American Southwest her breath was quite literally taken away by the explosion of color, dramatically affecting her work and lifting her spirit and talent to an even higher level. Vivid depictions of narrow winding streets, terra cotta rooftops, majestic cathedrals and cozy homesteads leap from Larissa’s radiant work.  Masterfully-mixed and layered palettes create depth and brilliance, evoking a visceral reaction from each viewer of her lush pieces.  Bold strokes of color, balanced composition and changing hues are hallmarks of her critically acclaimed work.

This remarkable exhibition at Mirada Fine Art runs from August 26th through September 18th.