The Pause Between Breaths: The Sculptures of Shan Wells

Smokebrush (Colorado Springs)

May 7 – May 28, 2010

  • Opening Reception: Friday May 7 from 5-8pm
Shan Wells - Leafpress
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Join us First Friday, May 7 from 5 to 8pm for the opening reception for Durango artist Shan Wells and his exhibition The Pause Between Breaths. This installation of sculptures made from materials found in nature is an intimate look at the artist's relationship to his landscape. The exhibition continues through May 28.

Shan Wells' sculptural installations employ materials found in nature. The artist considers himself an assayer, a compiler foraging for color, collecting emotion. He strives for the child's perception in which things become referential and reverential, stripping away the cliché of "beautiful nature" to reveal overlooked components. Referencing science, he seeks ways to extend the connections implied by scientific discoveries, but clarifies it is only a part of our perception.

Wells is an artist and professor of art in Durango and a political illustrator. He attended Art Center College of Design in California and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where he studied under Andrew Drummond. He is the recipient of: a 2003 Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship- Sculpture, a 2002 Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art Biennial Award, 2000 Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship-Drawing and a 1999 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant.

View the artist's website at:

Smokebrush Foundation
Located under the Colorado Ave. Bridge in the Depot Arts District
218 West Colorado Avenue, Suite 111
Colorado Springs, C0 80903
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 5pm
First Saturday of each month