Dif­fer­ing Per­spec­tives

Four-artist show

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Abend Gallery’s lat­est four-artist show will fea­ture sub­ject mat­ter rang­ing from fam­ily farms and moun­tain ranges to bustling cities. Ja­cob Dhein, Stephanie Hartshorn, Dave San­til­lanes and Elsa Sroka will all show new works in oil at the Den­ver gallery, open­ing with a re­cep­tion on May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. and re­main­ing on view through May 26.

In­spired by the Colorado land­scape, San­til­lanes’ paint­ings are all about light and at­mos­phere. “For the work in this show, I use both these el­e­ments in or­der to evoke an emo­tional re­sponse to the scene,” he says. “While some of the work will de­pict spe­cific places, of­ten times I’m only af­ter an emo­tional re­sponse and take in­for­ma­tion from sev­eral plein air stud­ies com­bin­ing sev­eral scenes into one.” One of his paint­ings on view is the wa­ter­fall scene Evening Des­cent.

Cows con­tinue to be a muse and source of in­spi­ra­tion for Sroka, though she notes they are mov­ing into un­charted ter­ri­tory. “I have re­ally been push­ing my­self to de­velop my works, hop­ing for more com­plex­ity and rich­ness in color and tex­tures. I have been al­low­ing my­self to play with my imag­i­na­tion and be more un­in­hib­ited with my brush,” she says. “I never want to lose the play­ful­ness of what brought me to paint­ing from the start.” In Af­ter the Show, her bovine sub­ject sits tri­umphant on a sofa, sur­rounded by flow­ers.

Though she has fo­cused pri­mar­ily on ru­ral sub­ject mat­ter over the past few years, Hartshorn will show a mix­ture of ur­ban and ru­ral scenes. “Rail yards and amuse­ment parks are a theme of­fer­ing a whole new vis­ual pat­tern to ex­plore: lines, lines, lines and the break­down of space,” she says. “I’m lov­ing the en­ergy and dis­cov­ery.”

In her new works, Hartshorn ex­plores thick and thin tex­ture through­out, adding dy­namic views of lay­ered shapes.

Dhein will show fig­u­ra­tive work as well as cityscapes. “The fig­ures will be painted us­ing dis­rupted real­ism, al­low­ing them to have a sense of move­ment and some­times a pix­e­lated look,” he says. His Mar­ket Street de­picts a dark, rainy San Fran­cisco day, and he adds, “I en­joy paint­ing rainy scenes be­cause it gives me the op­por­tu­nity to com­bine rep­re­sen­ta­tion and ab­strac­tion with nat­u­ral har­mony in the im­agery.”

Stephanie Hartshorn, Di­vided Lights, oil, 36 x 60"

Elsa Sroka, Af­ter the Show, oil on panel, 20 x 31"

Ja­cob Dhein, Mar­ket Street, oil on panel, 36 x 36"

Dave San­til­lanes, Evening Des­cent, oil, 40 x 30"

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