New York-based artist, Ryan McLennan, will be traveling to Denver this coming weekend with a new body of work in tote for art enthusiasts in the Mile High City. Opening Friday, January 28th in tandem with Laura Ball (previewed) at David B. Smith Gallery, New Works (teased) will showcase the adept painterly realism coupled with subtly surrealistic compositions for which the West Collection recognized as worthy of their Grand Prize last year. An impressive accomplishment, indeed, for the young artist, who’s work centers around a cast of animal characters struggling to survive in barren environments. The tension achieved within this narrative is heightened by the muted color palette and the empty white backdrop of his acrylic and graphite works on paper. In a fitting curatorial pairing, with two emerging artists that share a common approach and a similar message, this exhibition is setting itself up for success.

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