Artist Bios

Artist Bios and Statements of Practice

Charles Parson

Charles Parson's artwork has been seen locally, regionally  and nationally in over 80 One-person Exhibits. His large-scale public sculptures, installations and performance works have been seen in such places as New York, Chicago and Kansas City to name a few. His work has been extensively reviewed and featured in newspapers, magazines, books, radio and television. A new book on his drawings will be coming out in 2019 by Leaping Man Press.

Current small pedestal sculptures provide a multiplicity of viewing points, each bringing to bear the same imagery that permeates Parson's dimensional drawings... the  horizon and a singular place on it. Viewed from the top, the works provide a  site- line of cross hairs which allude  to the compass of north, south , east, west...art giving a sense of our individual particular place. Viewed from the sides the  works provide an implied  horizon line, with a pedestal form emerging out of the  sub-ground plane to present a representation of  the individual's place, vertically,  tenuously positioned on this fragile plinth. The use of materials represent the emergence of today's architectural infra-structural world with the organic phrasings that are the focus of the contemporary West.

Represented at the Kirkland Museum of Fine Art - this man is amazing - painting and sculpture - crossing boundaries and mediums for decades. Know for his ability to draw out skills in others - he just retired from teaching as he looks forward to his future.

Gayla Lemke

Gayla Lemke has been an active studio artist for over 30 years.  She received a B.F.A. from the University of Hawaii and an M.A. from the University of South Florida with an emphasis on printmaking.  Gayla works primarily in ceramic sculpture, often incorporating text and/or objects. She also works in other media including intaglio.  Her imagery has a continuity that reflects her skill at draftsmanship and attention to detail. She teaches at the Art Student's League and can be found working and exhibiting nationally. 

A pleasure to work with - fooLPRoof is excited to have a line of her small figurative pieces known as the Audience.

Louis Recchia

Louis too is an amazing man - His artist statement revolves around much of how contemporary art today is informed by language.  With his work informed by images. There is art everywhere, he says. He gets inspiration from art history and comic books, old circus banners, the media, and everyday things he sees on the street.

His work is included in many important public and corporate collections including: The Denver Art Museum,  Vance Kirkland Museum, California College of Arts & Crafts, San Francisco, CA; Absolut Vodka, Carillon Importers, New York  as well as many others.

His works have been shown in numerous venues including the Vienna Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, Austria; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; International Art Expo, Navy Pier, Chicago; and the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center.

Zoa Ace

Another formidable force, Zoa has been a example of what a woman can accomplish in contemporary art taking her practice to heights all artists can strive for.  Her figurative, oil on canvas paintings deal primarily with human feelings within various settings evoked by a relationship with our natural world. Collage compositions involve juxtaposing found images in a pleasing and/or thought-provoking manner. They cover topics including social comment, pop culture, contemporary artists, as well as plants and animals.

Her work is in the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum, Children’s Hospital (Denver), Kaiser Permanente, and the El Pomar Foundation (The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs), as well as numerous private collections across the United States and Europe.

fooLPRoof is excited to have Zoa creating an exclusive body of work for the gallery on the vein of women's work!

Phil Bender

A local legend in contemporary art in Denver. Also a formidable force that can boast a solo exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, work in their permanent collection, numerous hotel and commercial spaces are graced with his works. a pleasure to have his work on display and dealing exclusively in his "western genre" works.

Caroline Peters

Her drawings connect with fragments of history that are on the brink of dissolution brought about by the social and economic forces of American society. The perspectives she is interested in are not conventional, but exist in the memories of the individual. While there are revelatory historical resonances emanating from certain things and our environment, the dominant culture and ideology has rendered them largely unintelligible. By drawing these objects and places in the midst of sustained observation, she hopes to reattach these historical traces. fooLPRoof enjoys her deep attention to detail, process based approach to mark making and the phychological effects her work imparts on viewers. It should be a joy to own and place one of her works, as she is a unique and deeply intellectual addition to the art world.

Caroline heads up the visual programming at CSU Pueblo as Associate Professor of Contemporary Theory and Art History.

David Lobdell

The gallery has selected work from David's series using Binary code as a symbol of contemporary culture.  Based on Zen Buddhist sand painting his series encourages one to contemplate spirituality in contemporary life. David is Professor of Fine Art at New Mexico Highlands University.  He is an innovator and conduit for sculpture, the casting community and fire arts. He received his Undergraduate degree at University of Southwestern Louisiana and his Masters degree at Notre Dame

Tobias Flores

Imparts a humor and re-contextualization of objects into his work that can not be found anywhere else and kind and generous man, fooLPRoof is excited to have his work in the gallery. Working on his craft at Carbondale he was influenced by the father of contemporary cast iron movement Julias Schmidt. The process based nature of his work extends into the manifestation of the tools themselves. He receive his BFA at the University of California San Diego. Flores earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 2003. He currently is an Associate Professor at Fort Hayes University heading up the Sculpture Department.

Ben Woodeson

Born and raised in London, England, Ben Woodeson received his MFA at Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Teaching extensively at art schools in the UK and North America. In 2013 he was awarded the Theodore Randall International Chair in Sculpture Fellowship at Alfred University, NY, USA. He is the grandson of the unique and colorful German Jewish artist and gallerist Jack Bilbo. Exhibited extensively in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America. Highlights include William Bennington Gallery, The Whitechapel Gallery, Berloni Gallery, ‘Twelve-Fisted Boxing Caterpillar: Jack Bilbo & Ben Woodeson’ at England & Co (2014), the Victoria & Albert Museum. He has been featured in a wide variety of publications including Elephant, GQ, Time Out, Art Monthly, Art Review, Creative Review. He is a sophisticated curator and work includes: ‘Morphisisation’ for APT Gallery in London showcasing work of  artists for whom pre-existing objects are the raw or source material. WOW! we are elated to him in out line-up needless to say.

Laura Phelps Rogers

Laura is a contemporary sculptor maintaining her practice and consulting in RINO.  Born in Denver, her visual background began in Southern Colorado. She received her BFA from the University of Colorado Denver.  She is best known for works in cast and fabricated metal, light based work, process based - digital - large format photography and ephemeral materials.  Laura is also know building large scale installation works and for placing individual works in an installation format. Her commercial practice focuses on public art, fabrication, consulting, site specific work addressing her client’s spaces, events and budgets.

Current project: Art In The Everyday Community Quilt Project, Volcano Hawaii.  She exhibits nationally and internationally - Latvia, Ireland, Croatia, Bosnia, New York, Chicago, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, San Francisco, Cheyenne, Fort Hays, Savannah, Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Anchorage, and Miami. Permanent collections / Public works include: Talsi Regional Museum Latvia, Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado Business Bank, Confucius Institute and Lamar Station Crossing.  She has had 13 solo exhibitions and a recent survey of work at Colorado Women's College University of Denver. Recent Group Exhibitions: Verisimilitude Republic Plaza, Colorado State Capitol, Art of War Arvada Center, Solid Gone Wilkes Barre, Presence/Absence Lakewood Cultural Center, Grass Roots Woman Made Gallery. Her most recent Solo Exhibition is Enchanted. fooLPRoof currently has a portion of that work on exhibit and her recent inclusion in Crush Walls is an extension of that body work where she produced a sculpture for that commission.

 Coral Lambert

Another tour de-force – Coral is a International Research Fellow for Cast Metal Sculpture University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1995-98. She received her MFA in Sculpture at Manchester Metropolitan University, England and her BFA in Sculpture at Canterbury School of Art, Kent, England. She heads up Sculpture at Alfred University in upstate NY where she directs the National Casting Center Foundry.

She eat drinks and sleeps cast metal - yet is is a lovely woman whom is irresistible - She is recognized for large scale cast metal sculpture. British Born she studied sculpture in the 1980's with Sir Anthony Caro and other leading figures in her field. In her extensive practice she utilizes the foundry as her laboratory to explore the process of ‘Speeding up the work of Nature’. Responds to metals rich history, myth and mining, playing with weight, permanence and flux and political reference to the earths resources. She eloquently cites surrealist poet Paul Eluard ‘It is not far as the crow flies from the land of the imagined to the land of the real’ as inspiration for her work and teaching -transforming 5000 year old historical references of ritual, industry, origin of materials, fuel usage with current and future digital prototype technology. Her work can be seen in many prestigious exhibitions and collections around the world. and the list of exhibitions, works and collections is extensive - here are a few: Wales, UK. Museum of Steel Sculpture, permanent collection Ironbridge+ Coalbrookdale, UK, ‘Brooklyn Waterfront Sculpture Invitational’, Governors Island, New York, permanent installation, New Orleans, permanent collection, Plattsburgh, New York, Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture’ at the National Metals Museum, ‘Stacked Hay - Homage to Monet’ Sculpture at Saratoga Springs, New York (MAQUETTE ON DISPLAY AT FOOLPROOF!). Your get the idea it goes on and on with Awards/Honors including the Excellence in Teaching Award Artist of Extraordinary Ability, Gottleib Foundation Award, Jerome Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation

Cynthia Handel

 Cynthia is a woman who has a fervor for her craft. She has investigated sculpture and performance as mediums for the past 25 years. Her process based approach features fabricated steel, cast bronze and iron. She revels in combining ephemeral components and elements elements with silk, wood, beeswax and fire.; frequently reducing them to trace. Self identifying with poetic, graceful, intuitive and intimate approaches she connects to dance. She received an MFA from San Jose State University. Her life journeys have afforded her opportunities to teaching at numerous universities throughout the US. Exhibiting widely she has a focus of presenting work at collaborative events and conferences and frequently travelling internationally to do so. Highlights include the College Art Association, International  Sculpture Conferences and International Conferences for Cast Iron. Residencies include venues in Wales, England, CA, MN, WY, MT and NM. She lives and works from her studio in Montana.

 Walter Barton

Walter chose to collaborate with Gallery Director to install her vision of the pieces she had seen of Walter's originally exhibited statically on the wall for the grand opening of the gallery. Born in Denver, Colorado in 1962, Barton studied art at Parson’s School of Design in Manhattan, New York.  He then took a year to study bronze casting in New Mexico with sculptor David McGary before earning his BFA at Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.  Barton earned a MH at the University of Colorado at Denver though the Masters of Humanities program with an emphasis in Studio Art and Religious Studies. Currently teaching Elementary Art in Douglas County engaging students in creative strategies.

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson was born in Chicago, IL in 1985. He was raised in Oshkosh, WI where he completed his BFA in Painting and Printmaking. Showing artwork throughout the Midwest, the Greater Denver area, Mexico, and Dubai, Eric has also been involved in the public realm discussing refugee-related issues. His influences include Cy Twombly, Lynda Benglis, Anselm Kiefer, Joan Mitchell, Robert Rauschenberg, and Vietnamese peace activist and poet Thich Nhat Hanh. Eric’s current paintings, drawings, prints, and assemblages observe the transitioning of societies – specifically the social conditions that give rise to such phenomena.

Annette Coleman

A Colorado native - Annette is a Multi Media Contemporary Artist working with dreams, meanings, images and layers occupying a dream state.  She finds fragments and symbology evocative. Exploring her inner life and the unknown she attempts to frame dreams and their narratives while translating patterns and archetypal images into meanings open for interpretation. Her career in advertising led her to the transition of her visual practice. She has works in several public collections including Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Craig Hospital and Colorado Mesa University to name just a few. As a Creative Communications’ director, she formed a communications company in 1993. This led to art direction and design integrating her educational pursuits from Colorado State University and the Colorado Institute of Art. She put in time at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the Colorado Historical Society, and leading advertising agencies. and has been committed to supporting women in the arts with the Colorado Women’s Caucus For Art.

 Jennifer Hope

Jennifer Hope was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, earning her BFA from Metropolitan State 1992 and MFA from University of Denver 1994. She is best known for her wall size abstract paintings, “If I don’t need a ladder, it’s not tall enough.” Color defines the large space of her canvas and captures the line, form and motion within.

Robert Green

Not 100% sure this information conveys what a charming and colorful character this man is - Robert earned his BFA from Metropolitan State University and his MFA from Colorado State University -Recipient - Sharpe Wallentas Space Program, NYC 2 time Best of Show winner, John Slade Ely Gallery, New Haven CT

ARTIST STATEMENT - Truth is Stranger than Friction !

Isaac Sandoval

Received his BFA working with David Lobdell at the University of New Mexico Highlands where he is an adjunct instructor. He received his MFA working with Tobias Flores at FHSU. It is a pleasure to exhibit his colorful and humorous work at fooLPRoof. Deeply connecting to process and metal casting the majority of his works are cast iron and cast aluminum. Shifting to other materials is one of the current discussions within his practice as he considers the production of editions of his highly popular and comic works (we can’t wait!) He plays on the undertones of humanity in his riveting sculptures that tell stories in single object forms. - His life has focused around food from his family’s local restaurant in Las Vegas - where he balance the two and his new life as a father.

Marston (Marty) Jaquis

Marston (Marty) Jaquis was born in Buffalo, N.Y.  He received his undergraduate degree in 1946 with a BS Art Education, N.Y. at State University College at Buffalo and AOS Advertising Design/ Illustration at Colorado Institute of Art in 1975.  His studies at the Art Students League in Denver continued the expansion of his visual practice.  Geometric Abstracts (optical illusions) are Marty’s my mainstay at fooLPRoof.  His works are intended to entice the viewer to look for more than just a few moments – the more time spent with the works, the more the viewer will see. His sculpture leads viewers into a play of two dimensional objects occupying three-dimensional space

Nichole Hongchang

Nichole is an artist and educator who currently lives and works between Denver, United States and Beijing, China. She received her MFA in Integrated Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her BFA from Colorado Sate University in Pueblo, Colorado. Her work is interdisciplinary, specializes in sound art, video art, performance/installation, and social practice.  Proficient in painting and drawing, having studied Fine Arts in China. prior to immigration to the United States. She currently participates with Artnauts exhibiting various international locations including Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Palestine, Peru, Sweden, Chile, China, England. Nichole Hongchang, a former adjunct University of Colorado-Denver professor continues to introduce Chinese emerging artist and acts as translator and coordinator and sometimes assistant curator for the artists and their works.

Leslie Aguillard

Bodies of Leslie’s work are diverse - a living museum actually - from first wave feminism to pop-art to noir.

She received her degree at Illinois State University where her portrait and commissions work arose from. From wall murals to sculpture she settled into a commercial practice of painting. Drawing from emotional responses, social commentary and observations, favorite locations, explorations of color and graphic images her work can frequently been interpreted as technical ‘homages.’ where she interprets famous artists styles and popular culture iconography. She says: “I like to do series.  Recently I wanted to show wrinkles, age, shadows, non-traditional portraits and make them interesting.” Leslie is a supporter of artists and has set an example of how to do that with her leadership and commitment to multiple art organizations from the Women’s Caucus for Art and the Colorado Artist’s Guild on down the line. For her, visual art is the language that supersedes the written. Her tongue-in-cheek approach to life is evident in her work. Known for series such has Allegories of Women’s Lives and her black and white Noir together many others. She is a character for sure, from transitions as diverse as being a rolling stone minister to an ordained priest with and embodiment of eastern religions and Buddhist meditation. Rest assured, if you are committed to your visual practice she will commit to supporting you - a pillar.

Jean Smith

My current body of work is influenced by Alexander Calder, Jean Arp, Joan Miro, as well as Anne Truitt, Carmen Herrera, and Etel Adnan. These people all share the ideas of abstraction, surface, and color, with or without movement.  I consider this work to be Mid-Century Modern which was popular between 1945 and 1975, and to me, it is timeless. I work with mid-range paper clay, using the slab roller to prepare it for its final design.  Some of my work is functional, however most of it is decorative.  I have been working as a full-time artist since 1986.  Jean received her BA in Art and Education from Milton College, Wisconsin. Post graduate work includes residencies at Anderson Ranch and Artist in Residence at The Logan School for 9 years. Teaching at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center for 9 years.  A long-time member of Zip 37 co-op gallery and the Colorado Women's Caucus for Art. Jean is both influential as well as a supportive component of the Denver art community.

Susan Berkley

info coming soon

Vy Pham

Multiple majors! Just graduated from the University of Colorado Denver. Proudly giving this hard working emerging artist a little exposure! Thank you for the exterior image of fooLPRoof gallery that has been used EVERYWHERE!

Leah Diament

A self-taught artist learning how to talk and present her work. She is currently working with manipulated cyanotype process based photography on fabric use thread and needle on the work currently on exhibit. Investigate the human psyche from her unique perspective is currently fueling her process. She is currently focused on cafe exhibitions.

Watch for more artists exhibiting in December

Lawrence Hass

Info coming - soon

Kayo Peeler

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Ron Landucci

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Sara Landucci

info coming soon