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Denver, Colorado 80204
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Herbert Bayer apprenticed under the artist Georg Schmidthammer in Linz. Leaving the workshop to study at the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony, he became interested in Walter Gropius’s Bauhaus manifesto. After Bayer had studied for four years at the Bauhaus under such teachers as Wassily Kandinsky and László Moholy-Nagy, Gropius appointed Bayer director of printing and advertising. Bayer enthusiastically practiced Bauhaus principles for over 60 years. Creating pioneering works in painting, sculpture, environmental works, industrial design, typography, architecture, photography, and applied design, Bayer was one of the few “total artists” of the twentieth century. He produced works that expressed the needs of an industrial age as well as mirroring the advanced tendencies of the avant-garde.
Many artists in Colorado emerged in the 1980's, but Dale Chisman was in a league of his own. His devotion to Abstract Expressionism changed the course of contemporary art in Colorado, and redefined a genre that many had written off as cliche. While compositionally complex and involved, Chisman's work also removes itself from deep moral and religious ponderings, allowing the viewer to find their own theme in the work. This balance between art for "art's sake" and deep soulfulness so elusive to many artists is very difficult to achieve, yet Chisman made it his signature style in his work.
Looking back on Haeseler’s art career, one cannot help but be astonished by how many different mediums he addressed, including painting, drawing, photography, collage, installation and even fibers. While still a student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he earned a fine-arts degree in 1977, Haeseler became a protégé of Lynn Fife, who taught there and introduced him to textile art. Haeseler pushed the folksy craft medium into contemporary art by using unlikely materials in his weaving and crocheting. Instead of yarn, Haeseler used trash-can liners, audiotape, gauze and anything else he could think of. A complete radical concept at the time, Haeseler spearheaded a movement that even in current times goes against the grain of the medium standard.
When considering regional artists, Hayes Lyon is probably one of the finest to come from Colorado. Focused primarily on Colorado and it's amazing beauty his composition flourished using structure from objects he'd see in his journeys, such as roads, skies, trees and homes. Each piece has individuality, quality and distinction. The emotion found in the basics of mood and commonplace subjects makes his work quite stimulating and unforgettable.
A gifted artist even as a child, he earned a scholarship to the Cleveland Institute in 1938 and later attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Michigan. He eventually wound up at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center School in 1945. Marecak had come to Colorado to study with Boardman Robinson, but never got the chance. Instead, he connected with the modernist scene here and became especially close to Edgar Britton. Like Britton, Marecak decamped from the Springs in the early '50s and moved to Denver.
Charles Parson is one of Colorado's artistic "Rock Stars," with 61 one-person shows, as well as numerous large-scale public works throughout the United States. His work has been exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, and in galleries, art centers and museums from coast to coast. Representative large-scale works include: Steeple at Northshore Sculpture Park in the north section of the Chicago area, Subtended Connection, II at Stetson University in Florida, and in Colorado, the three-story tall sculpture, Earthgate, as well as the 14’ Structural Underbelly at the Arvada Center for the Arts.
Al Wynne is a master of mid-century abstract expressionism in Colorado. He was associated with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and was at the center of a scene of vanguard painters active in Colorado Springs in the 1950s through the 1970s. Wynne…is one of the greatest proponents of abstract expressionism in the history of Colorado art.
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