Rick Dula, Jeanette Pasin Sloan and Emmett Culligan

William Havu Gallery

September 9 - October 29, 2011

  • Opening Reception: Friday September 9th, 6-9pm
  • Artist Talk with Rick Dula: Saturday September 10th, 2:00pm. Please RSVP
Rick Dula, Mingo Junction Triptych, acrylic on 3 panels, 51” x 96”

(from the press release)

The William Havu Gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibition with Denver realist painter, Rick Dula. Featured in the salon area will be new works by Santa Fe, NM based realist, Jeanette Pasin Sloan.

Continued on the mezzanine is Amazing Glazing, a group clay show. A realist painter of “factoryscapes” and urban views, Rick Dula finds inspiration in the majesty of aging industrial scenes and explores the vitality they once possessed. With his work he aims to realize a deeper history for American culture. Dula recently gained much notoriety in the Denver Art Scene with his 18 x 32 foot trompe l’oeil mural A Moment in Time: Here for Embrace! at the Denver Art Museum. The mural is now part of the Museum’s permanent collection. His newest body of work consists of factories, rural silos and construction sites, including that of the Clyfford Still Museum under construction in Denver.

“My current work focuses on a type of urban landscape, mostly in the run down and decaying vestiges of an earlier time. I like to visit cities and seek out the industrial edges, where either side of the train tracks is lined with factories and plants near death. Rust, ruins and abandonment are my roadside attractions, and I photograph (and later paint) these with an eye for dramatic light, often returning several times to catch the best mood. My fascination with corrosion reflects a particularly American longing for deeper history: we don't have buildings older than a mere couple of centuries as does the rest of the Old World. I think this causes a sort of 'patina envy' in our culture.

One of my heroes is Charles Sheeler, whose early 20th century paintings of new massive industrial plants were like proud birth announcements for modern industry. My work is more that of the obituary. Although some of the factories and industrial plants are still in operation, I paint what seems to be vanishing from the modern urban landscape, and want to preserve some of the beauty before it is gone.” Rick Dula

Featured in our salon area of the gallery will be recent works from Jeanette Pasin Sloan. These paintings blur the line that is normally associated with still life. Anyone that has taken an advanced painting course has run into the challenges of the reflective surface. The exercise forces the artist to break down the forms into pieces and to deny associations with the objects. In other words, you have to paint what you see and disavow what you know. That is the essence of effective representational painting.

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204