Art on a Whim Gallery in Breckenridge hosts artist Talia Swartz
If you go
What: Meet artist Talia Swartz, watch her demonstrate and browse her newest work
When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29
Where: Art on a Whim Gallery, 100 N. Main St.
Cost: Admission is free; art is available for purchase
More information: Visit www.artonawhim.com, or call (970) 547-8399
Talia Swartz began exhibiting her work at the Art on a Whim Gallery at age 28, bringing her unique style to Breckenridge for the past six years. As a result, Summit County art fans have had the opportunity to watch this artist’s paintings evolve as she has grown as an artist and a person.
Swartz’s paintings are alive with color and form, and her landscapes seem to undulate. A city’s or town’s true character comes from the inanimate structures that become permanent fixtures, she said, and she puts her unique style into the lines, angles and shapes that form a town. She takes signature parts of the places she paints and make them entirely her own.
Swartz will be in the Art on a Whim Gallery on Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, painting and presenting her newest works.
Finding inspiration in architecture stems from Swartz’s upbringing in Ohio and her admiration for the big buildings in the Midwest. Places such as the Sears Tower struck a chord on family trips to Chicago, and having lived in Colorado for the better part of a decade, Denver is now a consistent muse for Swartz’s paintings.
“My paintings are personal responses and memories devoted to the places that have shaped my life experiences,” she said.
While bold and primary colors are a staple in the paintings and provide a sense of playfulness, several of Swartz’s newest pieces have taken on a more serious tone. Denver is going through a period of growth, and new buildings have taken the focus from the city’s historic architecture. Swartz seeks to show this change in her work.
“I am fascinated with the sense of place and its power to influence our life experiences,” she said. “Each place in our world renders different emotional experiences, evokes various feelings and can give us a sense of authentic human attachment and belonging.”
Paintings such as “Out with the Old” and “Steal Your Sunshine” speak to the changes going on around Swartz’s city and neighborhood as she grows closer to welcoming her first child into the world. They strike a balance between nostalgia for the old, rustic buildings that have shaped Denver’s history and excitement for the new buildings that are altering the skyline in many neighborhoods.
Framing is also a part of Swartz’s work, as she designs unique angles into her frames to give her pieces an animated, adventurous feel. It makes every piece not only one of a kind, but also distinctly hers.
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