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April 2020: Smoke Signals: An Environmental Solo Exhibition at K Contemporary | Denver, CO

 Fire on the Moutain, 60x60” Acrylic on Panel

Fire on the Moutain, 60x60” Acrylic on Panel


A Solo Exhibition of New Paintings

April 2020

An Environmental Solo Show in honor of the

50th Anniversary of Earth Day 


Opening Night


Artist Talk





The explosive dance of the wild fire. Skies illuminate in spectacular hues through powdered smoke. Clouds of pink and carmine and amber billow upwards in an ethereal light. The sun’s elusive form visible through the ashen sky appears a perfect collage cut out in surreal shades. The beauty and destruction of nature in one combined creative act.

Recent Summer seasons in the West have experienced record breaking heatwaves. A climate that is warming and causing much drought to this already dry landscape gives fuel to the relentless large scale wildfires. Vast and devastaing in scale. Causing many Public and National Forest lands to close, home evacuations and homes lost, lives disrupted, roads closed, soils charred and subsequent massive landslides from unstable landscapes.

August 2018 caught me driving through a blaze on my way back from Utah to Denver passing through the Coal Hollow Fire in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Thousands of acres were burning. I saw the line of explosive flames coming over a mountain range and the brave firefighters digging trenches, chainsawing a fire break and trying to divert the wall of fire racing towards them. The drama and dance between humankind vs nature. An outcome unknown. Somewhere in this moment, I knew I found my next series of work.  


Sarah Winkler is a British-born, US-based painter and collage artist. Winkler studied Art and Earth Science at William Paterson University and combines both subjects in her landscape and environmental based artwork. This international favorite of private and corporate collectors, has been exhibiting since 2004; her work was showcased at the LA Art Fair and Art Aspen in 2018 coinciding with a major solo show "Luminous Mountainous" in Denver at K Contemporary. Her work is featured in many prominent private, corporate and public collections including: Hilton, West Palm Beach, FL, Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas, NV, One Empire Pass, Park City, UT, Chevron, San Ramon, CA, The Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ. Her work has been honored with features in CREATE! Magazine, Scientific American, Alpine Modern and New American Paintings. A documentary on Sarah Winkler by Making Art Films is currently in production.



Located in the heart of Denver’s historic LoDo district, K Contemporary represents emerging and established international artists.  The focus of the gallery since its inception has been to present immersive and experiential exhibitions.  The gallery presents approximately eight major exhibitions a year, as well as mounting pop-up, off-site and satellite exhibitions and participating in major art fairs. We provide collection advisory and brokerage services and enjoy good relations with many Museums and Foundations. K Contemporary is a member of Denver Art Dealers Association (DADA) and is a partner in the 1412 Gallery Collective. Located just blocks from the David Adjaye designed Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the vibrant Beaux Arts masterpiece Union Station.



K Contemporary

1412 Wazee St

Denver, CO 80202





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