Thursday, April 24, 2014

Larisa Aukon at Mirada Fine Art

Larisa Aukon joined Mirada Fine Art in late 2013, and every painting she sends our way simply blows us away!

Larisa Aukon at Mirada Fine Art, Summer Snow, Oil on Panel, 20" x 16"

Latvian-born artist Larisa Aukon experienced a life-changing moment about fifteen years ago, shortly after immigrating to the U.S.  With a bag of rolled-up canvases and a $100 bill in her pocket, she arrived in Arizona, and shortly thereafter found herself alone on a hilltop, gazing at seemingly endless landscape, immersed in ‘an explosion of color’.  Thus began Larisa’s love affair with the American Southwest, and her passion to express the ‘inner pulse of feeling’ that underlies everything we view.  This passion now emanates from her natural and urban landscapes.

Larisa Aukon at Mirada Fine Art, Inlay, Oil on Canvas, 46" x 58"
An only child, Larisa spent long winters in Riga, Latvia, sketching the countryside her family occasionally visited. Her parents submitted an application for Larisa to the prestigious Janis Rosenthal Art School.  After weeks of exams in both art and academics, she was chosen from hundreds of applicants as one of a handful of children accepted.  Through her teen years, she attended 20 hours of art classes a week, in addition to rigorous academic classes.  Larisa went on to earn a master’s degree from the Latvian State Academy of Fine Arts. After a series of art-related jobs in Riga, she knew it was time to move on. “I was like a dandelion,” she laughs, “blown to the United States.”

Larisa Aukon at Mirada Fine Art, Narrow Street, Oil on Panel, 36" x 24"
Ms. Aukon’s extensive education and inborn talent allow her to create masterfully-mixed and layered palettes, supported by a framework of balanced compositions. Bold strokes of color capture changing hues of natural light.  Layers of paint create depth and brilliance, a hallmark of her work. She is compelled to translate onto canvas the current of emotion she feels. “I search for a perfect moment when inspiration and technique fall perfectly into place. Then I paint voraciously, as if time is running out on me.”

Larisa Aukon at Mirada Fine Art, Overnight, Oil on Panel, 16" x 20"
Larisa’s work is held in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.  Her art is a frequent subject of glowing articles in magazines such as Southwest Art, American Art Collector and Cowboys and Indians.

Larisa Aukon at Mirada Fine Art
Larisa Aukon at Mirada Fine Art, The Forgotten End, Oil on Linen, 30" x 30"

Larisa Aukon at Mirada Fine Art, Morning Latte, Oil on Linen, 18" x 24"

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Andrew Baird Art at Mirada Fine Art

Artist Andrew Baird joined Mirada Fine Art in 2012, and it united the Best Artist in Colorado (as declared by the editors of 5280 Magazine), and the Best Gallery (as voted by the magazine’s readers). The works of fifth generation Coloradoan Baird perfectly embody the pairing of contemporary art with a Colorado feel.

Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art, 'Olivia,' Original Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 36"

Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art, 'Sheryl,' Original Acrylic on Canvas, 45" x 53"

Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art....Andy painting in his studio.
At first glance, Andrew Baird's paintings seem to resemble the work of Jackson Pollock; but when the linear portraits begin to appear, the striking difference in the content becomes clear. The large, colorful portraits are created through light and dark values in a seemingly chaotic painting. Because the images are defined by value, Andrew Baird is free from predictable use of colors. Vibrant color combinations allow the subject to intriguingly appear and disappear, actively engaging the viewer.
Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art, 'Dream Girl,' Original Acrylic on Canvas, 45" x 52"
Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art, Andy painting at his studio.

His works are stunning at both a distance and when studied up close.  The process to create each piece is equally fascinating.  Baird uses a simple wooden ‘stir stick’ to drip acrylic paint onto a canvas on the floor, initially creating a rough sketch. The first few colors lock in the features of his subject.  He revisits the painting each day, adding new color and creating dimension with light and dark values.  “Each time, I drip paint to either lose the image or strengthen it,” states Baird.  “I build layers of color until the painting has the quality I’m striving for. Every painting takes on a fascinating life of its own.  I like it that people study each painting and think about its creation­—this is artwork that actively involves the viewer.” 

Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art, 'Jasmine,' Original Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 37.5"

Andrew Baird is a fifth-generation Coloradoan, and currently lives in Evergreen.  He has worked as an artist and art educator for thirty years.  Mr. Baird earned both his B.A. and M.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Northern Colorado.  His striking paintings have been displayed in exhibits and galleries throughout the U.S. and internationally. Baird’s pieces are held in private and corporate collections alike, including those of Robert Redford and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art, Andy working on a number of his remarkable paintings in his studio.
Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art, 'Star Spangled Banner,' Original Acrylic on Canvas, 45" x 53"
Come by Mirada Fine Art and check out Andy's work in person!  You'll be amazed.

Friday, April 11, 2014

'Great Contemporary Galleries in Denver' ...A Culture Lover's Guide

Top 10 Art Galleries in Denver...and Mirada Fine Art is one!

Best Contemporary Galleries in Denver: Mirada Fine Art

We were absolutely thrilled when the international publication,, came out with their 'Culture Lover's Guide to the Top 10 Contemporary Art Galleries in Denver,' and they included Mirada Fine Art.  Here is a link to the article:

"Mirada Fine Art believes that the atmosphere of a gallery should match the standard of the works on show. Showcasing works by significant international artists, this award-winning gallery has therefore strived to create a space that is worthy of presenting such quality pieces of contemporary art. Mirada Fine Art features paintings and sculptures that cover a wide range of concepts and styles, presenting pieces by a number of national and international artists whose works are not on show anywhere else in the region.  Over the years, the venue has become associated with presenting some of the finest contemporary exhibitions in Denver, both for their experimental quality and the strength of works on show. The amalgamation of the gallery's high-class environment and roster of acclaimed artists such as Bruce Marion, Marcela Panasiti and Svetlana Shalygina makes Mirada Fine Art one of a kind."