Friday, September 21, 2018

Artist Lyudmila Agrich Returns to Mirada for 'Impressionable' Exhibition

Russian-born artist Lyudmila Agrich includes us all in her visual diary.

By Jan Thompson

Artist Lyudmila Agrich returns to Mirada Fine Art for her new 'Impressionable' exhibition.

A childhood spent in the beautiful seaside city of Odessa, Ukraine, has had a lifelong influence on artist Lyudmila Agrich.  Lush and luminous canvases have become her trademark, capturing the very light that entranced her as a child.  Her newest work, to be unveiled at Mirada Fine Art on October 8th, once again reveals the mastery of her craft.  Entitled “Impressionable: A Visual Journey,” the collection of paintings allows us to join Agrich along this wondrous artistic path.

Lyudmila Agrich at Mirada Fine Art,
Nocturnal Etude, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 30"

The journey Lyudmila Agrich took to arrive at this point in her life has not always been easy.  Many years spent in the Odessa School of Fine Arts as a child and a Bachelors degree in Architecture and Fine Arts helped perfect her instinctual artistic talent.  After practicing Architecture in the Ukraine for a few years, Lyudmila literally won the lottery, the Diversity Visa Lottery (or green card lottery), allowing her and several members of the family to move to the U.S. in 1992.  Her husband was not as fortunate, spending time in a refugee camp before being allowed to join his wife here.  Throughout both success and tribulations, however, art has been a constant in Agrich’s life.  Settling in Denver, she pursued her career in Architecture for a few years. In 2001 Lyudmila decided to replace her drafting board, and devote herself to painting full-time.  For her, painting is not a job, a career, or even a choice.  She cannot fathom not answering the call of Art.

Lyudmila Agrich at Mirada Fine Art, 'Street Tango,'
Oil on Canvas, 24" x 24"

Frustrated by the limitations of a paintbrush, today Agrich’s tool of choice is a palette knife. This allows her to thickly apply lush color, imparting her hallmark impressionist glow.  Pictorial travels through radiant cityscapes, fields of flowers and seaside sunsets are captured with this layered application of color.  The newest collection of work not only evokes Lyudmila’s physical and emotional travels, but also allows viewers to recall their own.  Influenced by the music that always accompanies her while painting, Agrich strives to impart particular emotion onto each canvas.  And while undeniably beautiful, her work is meant to be much more.  “I want my paintings to be more than just pretty,” Agrich states. “The feeling I’m painting is as important as the scene I’m painting.”  She has been hugely successful at capturing that feeling on canvas.  Viewers of her work at Mirada Fine Art regularly exclaim how a particular painting reminds them of not only a location they’ve been to, but also brings them back to that moment, and exactly how they felt then, recalling their own personal journeys.

Lyudmila Agrich, 'Autumn Park,' Oil on Canvas, 36" x 36"

A reception with Lyudmila Agrich will be held on Friday, October 5 from 6-9pm at Mirada Fine Art Gallery.  The exhibit will run from October 6 – November 4.  Located just west of Denver in Indian Hills, quickly and easily accessible from most Denver metro neighborhoods, the gallery is on Parmalee Gulch Road off Hwy 285, five miles west of C-470. 

Lyudmila Agrich, 'Sunny Field,' Oil on Canvas, 36" x 48"

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Melanie Warsinske and Joe Boddy: Elemental

‘Elemental’ exhibit offers contemporary visual take on our relationship with our surroundings.

Melanie Warsinske and Joe Boddy join forces for the 'Elemental' exhibition at Mirada Fine Art

A common thread that flows through many pieces of artwork represented at Mirada Fine Art is a presence of the indefinable attributes we love about Colorado.  Artists from throughout the world unite within the award-winning gallery, offering visual interpretations of humanity, nature, and their interaction.

Melanie Warsinske at Mirada Fine Art, 'Beat of the Drums,' Oil on Canvas, 40" x 40"

Two of Mirada’s artists most proficient at capturing that ‘Colorado essence’ come together in an exhibit opening on Friday August 10 with a reception for the artists. ‘Elemental: A Contemporary Interpretation of Nature’ will run through September 2.

Melanie Warsinske enjoys the opening reception of her 'Elemental' exhibition at Mirada Fine Art.

Evergreen artist Melanie Warsinske translates everything around her—rushing water, ethereal clouds, imposing mountaintops, rippling muscles of animals—into a very personal visual diary.  Lush and powerful, her paintings capture emotion and motion onto canvas, evoking visceral reactions in every viewer.  The idiosyncrasies of the environment continuously fascinate Melanie.  Dichotomous sensations of calm and chaos, power and vulnerability, drama and serenity are reflected in the texture, glints of metallic paint and compelling brushstrokes of Ms. Warsinske.
Joe Boddy at Mirada Fine Art, 'Getting a Handle on It,'
Mixed Media, 30" x 12" x 11"
Similarly inspired by the elements of the earth, and our human struggle to co-exist peacefully with nature and each other, sculptor Joe Boddy’s work epitomizes dynamic mixed-media as an art form.  The path that led Joe to art is not atypical for an artist — as a child he struggled to find a way to express himself.  What sets Joe apart is the strong, organic sculpture that he unearthed (sometimes literally) as a result of that journey.  ‘Rejected’ items take on a new life as fine art.  Fired clay, glass, cast iron farm equipment and recycled wood seamlessly combine in his distinctive sculptures.

Artist Joe Boddy at opening reception of 'Elemental' at Mirada Fine Art.

If you were not able to attend the 'Elemental' exhibition, you can still see other remarkable works of art by Melanie Warsinske and Joe Boddy at any time at Mirada Fine Art.

Melanie Warsinske at Mirada Fine Art,
'Chasm,' Oil on Canvas, 48"  36"

Joe Boddy at Mirada Fine Art, 'Slice of Life,'
Mixed Media, 64" x 15" x 15"

Friday, August 24, 2018

Denver Design Showhouse 2018 - Showcasing the art of Mirada Fine Art!

Mirada Fine Art is proud to be the sole provider of fine art to the 2018 Denver Life Designer Showhome benefiting Habitat for Humanity.

Denver Design Showhouse 2018 is filled with contemporary art from Mirada Fine Art. 

The 2018 Designer Showhouse is a collaborative effort between Denver Life Magazine, Caliber Construction, David Paauw Design, 15 different interior designers and Mirada Fine Art!  The organizers hope to raise over $50,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.

Denver Design Showhouse 2018 -
Mirada Fine Art manager Jan Thompson installs an
amazing diptych by the artist Bruce Marion.

This 5,488-square-foot four-story, five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath contemporary home is a brand new build in the Washington Park neighborhood. Each interior designer has volunteered countless hours to their individual room—they have each created a unique space that reflects their personal style while ensuring the house as a whole flows seamlessly together.

Denver Design Showhouse 2018 featuring artwork from
Mirada Fine Art (the remarkable painting in this photo is
by the artist Danielle Hatherley).

Open Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  There is a $20 donation per person at the door, with 100 percent of every dollar raised donated to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.  The address is 792 S. High St., Denver, CO.

The Denver Design Showhouse is filled with remarkable
contemporary artwork from Mirada Fine Art.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Jean Richardson at Mirada Fine Art

Jean Richardson is now at Mirada Fine Art, and we are absolutely thrilled to have her paintings grace our walls!

Jean Richardson Artwork at Mirada Fine Art in Denver, Colorado

An image of the horse is what artist Jean Richardson believes to be the perfect vehicle to express the true subject of her work—the unbridled motion, energy and indomitable spirit of humans.

Jean Richardson at Mirada Fine Art, Equinoctial, Acrylic on Canvas, 46" x 72"
Born and raised in Oklahoma, an admiration for the strength and beauty of her equine friends was almost inevitable.  Entranced by the mythological aura of the horse throughout history, as well as the real-life beauty of the magnificent animals, Ms. Richardson has always felt they encapsulated the oft restless, sometimes heroic, efforts of their two-legged counterparts.

Jean Richardson at Mirada Fine Art, Felicitations,
Acrylic on Canvas, 60" x 50"
Armed with a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Wesleyan College, Jean strengthened her technical abilities with the Art Students League in New York.  Having mastered painterly skills, she went on to develop her own distinctive style.  Frequently working in very large formats, loose brushstrokes combine with ridges of palette knife color, bringing to life the simultaneously resolute and passionate spirit of her pieces.  Almost hidden within this kaleidoscopic energy, the expressionist beauty of horses develops, prancing stomping and leaping across her canvasses.

Jean Richardson at Mirada Fine Art, Fantasy Duet,
Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 60"
Throughout several decades, Jean Richardson’s work has become a mainstay of both public and private collections.  She is frequently featured in museums, design academies and national art publications throughout the United States.  Mirada Fine Art is the only gallery in Colorado to represent her incredible work!

Jean Richardson at Mirada Fine Art, Far Vista Study,
Acrylic on Canvas, 15" x 30"

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Best Art Gallery in Denver: Mirada Fine Art

Best Art Gallery in Denver!  For the third year in a row Mirada Fine Art was voted the Best Art Gallery in Denver by the Denver A-List.  Mirada has now proudly received this recognition in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  We truly appreciate everyone who voted for us.

Best Art Gallery in Denver is Mirada Fine Art based on the Denver A-List for the last three years: 2016, 2017 & 2018.

This is a tremendous honor for Mirada Fine Art and continues a long history of such awards.   Mirada was also named one of the 'Best 25 Art Galleries in the United States' by the American Art Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015.   Westword Newspaper named Mirada Fine Art the 'Best Denver Gallery for Established Artists' in 2017.  Mirada has received similar honors from Denver Life Magazine, The Culture Trip, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, and many other publications.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Juan Ezcurdia at Mirada Fine Art

Mirada Fine Art is thrilled to introduce Mexican-artist Juan Ezcurdia!

Juan Ezcurdia at Mirada Fine Art, 'Tres en Bici,' Acrylic on Canvas, 36" x 58"
Born in the most populated city in North America, Mexico City, Juan Ezcurdia was naturally drawn to the study of psychology as a young man.  Painting was learned initially as a source of self-expression and stress relief.  His innate talent was recognized almost immediately, however, and interest in his artistic work was meteoric. 

Juan Ezcurdia at Mirada Fine Art, 'Tres,'
Acrylic on Canvas, 47" x 47"
Juan’s whimsical but professional creations led to an offer to illustrate children’s books, thus launching him onto his second career path.  Recognized by Mexico’s Ministry of Art & Culture, Ezcurdia was awarded the country’s prestigious National Illustration Prize. Seeking to escape the frenetic pace of a huge city, in 1997 Ezcurdia sought refuge in the culturally-rich, art-centric hub of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Juan Ezcurdia at Mirada Fine Art
Juan Ezcurdia is recognized worldwide for his wholly unique interpretations of animals and people.  His paintings, although rendered simply, are inarguably sophisticated in their sense of color, shading and composition.  In his world, different species not only interact, they also coexist and intermingle on equal planes.  It’s not unusual to have a woman and a bull in a three-piece suit enjoying a bicycle ride on a sunny afternoon.  Humorous yet heartfelt, his figures are seemingly uncomplicated but the overall feel is undoubtedly polished and painterly.  His style has been likened to a combination of Gary Larson the cartoonist meets the Masters of Art. 

Juan Ezcurdia at Mirada Fine Art, 'Bioamor,'
Acrylic on Canvas, 39" x 31"
Juan Ezcurdia’s work is shown throughout Europe, Canada and the Caribbean.  Mirada Fine Art is extremely privileged to be the solo outlet to represent his work in the United States.

Juan Ezcurdia at Mirada Fine Art, 'Socios (Partners),'
Acrylic on Canvas, 35" x 35"

Juan Ezcurdia at Mirada Fine Art, 'Pianista,' Acrylic on Canvas, 47" x 58"