Local artist presents first-ever show of his paintings in Breckenridge
If you go
What: “Dreams in Color” art show, featuring the work of Mauricio Meneses
When: Opening is 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9
Where: Art Supply Breckenridge, 201 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge
More information: Call (970) 423-6945
An art show featuring the paintings of Breckenridge artist Mauricio Meneses will open Sunday, Nov. 9, at Art Supply Breckenridge on Ridge Street. The exhibit, titled “Dreams in Color,” includes 36 pieces of the painter’s most recent works.
Meneses has lived in Summit County for 11 years and has been painting since he was 12. He teaches workshops at Art Supply Breckenridge and also has been a competitor in the Snowflake Challenge amateur snow-carving competition, winning second place two years ago. His preferred medium is paint, and this show will be approximately 75 percent acrylic pieces and about 25 percent watercolors, he said.
“When it come to watercolor, I love how the watercolor, the paint itself, flows on the paper,” Meneses said. “I love how it just stays wet so you can create a lot of combinations of colors and washes. I tend to paint a lot of landscapes, Summit County scenarios, in watercolor because I really love the way it looks.
“As far as acrylics, I love doing surrealism, pop art, because the colors are brighter, stronger. It’s a very, very bold effect you get, so it allows me to project better when I am coming up with dreamy or surreal pieces. It looks a lot better in acrylic than watercolor. I use watercolor the most with landscapes and nature.”
About 95 percent of the pieces in Meneses’ “Dreams in Color” show are inspired by nature in Summit County, the artist said. The paintings are divided into three sets, Native American, surreal and pop art, all with very romantic subjects and poses.
“What I was trying to portray was to capture the beauty of nature projected by humans,” he said. “You see a lot of female bodies in landscapes or nature scenarios. One of the particular details that people are going to notice is that a lot of the subjects have their eyes closed. When you dream, you can dream about so many things, and everything is surrounded by nature.”
One particular work in the collection is titled “Free Soul” and depicts a woman with a birdcage for a skirt.
“That piece is about freedom and how we as humans perceive freedom in different ways,” Meneses said. “The girl attached to the cage represents someone who isn’t free. Even if you aren’t in a cage, you’re still attached to something that doesn’t allow you to be free. On the other hand, you have a person who is inside the cage but the cage is open and his head is a key.
“Some people might think he is trapped, but his freedom is what he does. His perception of freedom and concept of freedom is different to each human being and it’s so personal. So that painting represents how different people see freedom.”
This weekend’s opening will be Meneses first solo exhibit with larger pieces, following a fundraiser show he did last year for League of Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS). He said his goal isn’t so much to sell his work but to promote himself as an artist in Summit County.
“I’m looking forward to it; it’s a great way to share my work with the community,” Meneses said. “I’m probably one of the young new artists in Summit County. We have amazing classical artists in Summit County who do landscapes. My work is very different, very romantic, different perspective of nature. I want to project a different vision of things. Come over and dream with me.”
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