Last Saturday, the Joshua Liner Gallery hosted the opening of shows by two talented painters, Mike Davis and Heidi Taillefer.

Although the two are seemingly very different, the pairing of Davis and Taillefer begins to make perfect sense once one sees the work together. Both artists work in oil, are very technically proficient and could be labeled “pop-surrealists.”  But beyond that, both incorporate their surrealist imagery within more classical styles of painting. Davis is obviously highly influenced by the Dutch Masters, so much so that he even frames his work in ornate, yet rustic wooden frames befitting the home of a 17th century Dutch merchant. As for Taillefer, much her work seemed based in classical portraiture, although updated using mechanically enhanced animals instead of people.

See all of the photos from the opening after the jump.

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