Artist Bios and Statements of Practice
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. His work has been extensively reviewed and featured in multiple formats. His latest book on his drawings will be coming out in 2019 by Leaping Man Press. fooLPRoof has several of his small sculptures available for purchase: works providing a multiplicity of viewing points, bringing imagery referencing the horizon. Viewed the works top down provides a site- line of cross hairs which allude to the compass of north, south, east, west...referencing a sense of our individual place. Viewed from the sides the works provide the implication of a horizon line and forms emerging from the sub-ground plane, vertically and tenuously positioned on this fragile plinth. His materials represent emergence of today's architectural infra-structural world with organics reinterpreting 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 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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, University of Hawaii Maui College a large scale public social engagement project she is scheduling throughout the US and Internationally through 2023. Exhibiting internationally - Latvia, Ireland, Croatia, Bosnia and Nationally in New York, Chicago, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, San Francisco, Cheyenne, Fort Hays, Savannah, Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Anchorage, and Miami and more. Works in 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. the GlassHall Gallery 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. At fooLPRoof her installation work has expanded as a gallerist to showcase works of numerous artists expanding the 2-d into 3-d manifestations.
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
Is a Scottish born artist living and working in New York. His practice revolves around computational technology. He remains consistent since studying at Goldsmiths College of Art in London to propagate new forms by basing his art on self organizational theories of artificial life. Paul is a pioneer in the area of area of computers in sculpture. Born is Scotland in 1954 he has studied at Liverpool Art School, Goldsmiths College of Art in London. He completed a residency in 1987 at the Madhyamaka Tibetan Monestary. traveling to the U.S. in 1995. He conducted advance research at the University of Minnesota in rapid prototyping and V.R. medical visualization labs. This led to his role as visiting artist at the Mayo Clinic - it is at this time that his practice fully developed into “Data Sculpture” - thru information theory, heuristics and real time data creating emergent forms. He is collected in private world collections and is featured in One of his many impressive historical notions is: Ars Mathematica in Paris have recognized Paul as having done the first sculptural fdm rapid prototype print. They are publishing a book on the early history of digital sculpture where Paul will be featured.
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.
Through her photographic practice Gwen searches for alchemy deep from within her red-lit darkroom in the Hawaiian Islands. She finds her niche in process based practice experimenting with emulsion and process based photography, where experiments with developing and handcrafted prints. Through her studio time she searches for haunting and mysterious outcomes. Gwen considers the darkroom not only laboratory but, a also a yielding of herself to process where she looks for magic giving the nascent image and its own sensibility a voice both narrative from its content and imbued with the greater experience and intention of artistic manipulation. Gwen has work in the collection of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and Arts as well as numerous public and private collections. Her image “Garden House” was recently featured on the cover of the newest collection of poetry by W.S. Merwin published by Copper Canyon Press. She received her BFA from the University of Illinois Chicago and her MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder. She currently teaches, art, photography and art design at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Gwen is currently assisting the gallery director with a large social engagement project who’s next stop in 2019 in Maui at the University Of Hawaii Maui College.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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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
Currently featured in the Community Gallery. 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.
Currently featured in the Community Gallery and this past November as Artist in Residence - Jean’s 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.
Vy has one of the most popular bodies of work in the gallery. He has multiple majors and just graduated from the University of Colorado Denver. The gallery is proud to give this hard working emerging artist a little exposure! Vy - Thank you for the exterior image of fooLPRoof gallery that has been used EVERYWHERE!
Born in New York, Gabrielle, “Gaby” currently lives in Denver. she brings her long history of arts and culture to Denver working from her studio here in Colorado. With education from the Art Student’s League in New York, Grove Arts in California and SVA in New York - we are happy to share her work and energy in the gallery. Gaby’s work has been exhibited widely utilizing both her energy and business skills. She has built a background in the arts publication sector while exhibiting in venues such as Elga Wimmer, Thompson Street galleries as well as numerous public venues including the Manhattan Children’s Museum.
Karen “Lyn” Bennett
Best know for her fiber work Karen “Lyn” is a retired science teacher. We are excited to feature and support Karen “Lyn” as she continues to explore dimensionality in a medium well know to craft world but less know to sculpture. Her textile work pushes the boundary of the medium creating contemporary conversations about cultural shifts. Currently teaching at the Art Student’s League in Denver and pushing herself out of emerging and into an early career artist position the gallery is excited to support her endeavors.
Is an early career photographer who focuses on the manipulation of her images into alternate reality and the unseen. She subverts the single glance allowing the viewer to draw upon memory and experience. While her practice finds itself embedded with realism she defends the concrete while subverting it into fantastical realms abstracting our know connections to the objects occupying her visual content. Kathy won a contest to be featured in the Community Gallery. The gallery director was surprised to see her extensive connection to academia and traditional mediums and was stunned by the range of experience Dr. Kelly as acquired. She has not only her advanced degrees but, has acquired a plethora of expertise in a broad range of subjects from her years there - management to information technology. Kathy has a PhD in Education her advanced degrees are in Business and International Relations. The gallery is interested in positioning Kathy to take her practice to the monumental scale and harness all the aspects of her skill set.
Is an emerging artist - a portion of her work pertains to weather a repetitive patterns - through these investigations she expands out it to the landscape addresses the effects of weather. She harnesses the emotions from the unpredictability and devastation weather patterns yield upon us. Interested in the notion of mid-century fabric patterns and the west her work shifts between chosen substrates. Coming soon she hope to facilitate a large scale installation and deepen her investigation of mixed media approaches. Her education is focused on her former trade as a lawyer and through that her practice has imbued a 360 approach that is being distilled down.
Is an emerging artist taking her practice to the next level. She works in a small format to allow her collectors to create their own large scale or site specific uses of her work. fooLPRoof is introducing this modular approach in a large format installation. Use of texture combines with her thought process to create striking individual works to be used as shown or moved into configurations to suit your, office or commercial space.
Is an emerging photographer and recent graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design - Rob is working in both a traditional and conceptual manner. The works fooLPRoof is displaying feature his “set building” that leads the viewers down a rabbit hole of thought as he delves into conventional and controversial topics.
Is a mid career artist who is deeply committed to her practice where she uses process based steps to facilitate abstraction. As a member of the Women’s Caucus For Art and co-ops in the Santa Fe Art District both her practice and process are growing and developing to meet her artistic vision as well as her client’s.
Savannah is an emerging artist with an emphasis in printmaking. she just received her BFA at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado with prints fresh off the press. Trained to incorporate a multidisciplinary approach, she considers photography and graphic design as expertise that can position her to work from a dynamic point of view. The gallery is currently in talks with Savannah to scale up her work for the public sector. One should consider acquiring her work for their collection as she was recently included in the “Made In Colorado” exhibit at Emmanuel Gallery in Denver (curated and juried by former Smithsonian heavy weights Jeff Lambson and Olga Viso and reviewed by Art Critic Ray Rinaldi.)
One of our artists featured in the Community Gallery. Leslie’s bodies of 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.
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.’
Gay Germain -
Gay is an accomplished multidisciplinary contemporary artist working in both painting and sculpture. She has won numerous awards and has exhibited widely in New York and Florida. She has a string of top notch reviews to match her exhibition history. New to Denver, we are excited to see Gay here in the west.
Sarah Ashford -
Sarah was born in England and has a BA in Painting and Drawing from West Surrey College of Art and Design and advanced degree studies locally from the Colorado Institute of Art. A master of metallics and fine art finishes her work is in many notable Colorado Homes. The gallery is excited to share her massive collage pieces incorporating her unique approach.