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LUMINOUS MOUNTAINOUS | Solo Exhibition at K Contemporary, Denver

  • K Contemporary 1412 Wazee Street Denver, CO, 80202 United States (map)
Pikes Peak Pink Granite, 60x60. Acrylic with Gold Mica Flake, Pink Granite on Panel.2018.

Pikes Peak Pink Granite, 60x60. Acrylic with Gold Mica Flake, Pink Granite on Panel.2018.



A Solo Exhibition of New Paintings

July 5 – July 28, 2018


Opening Night

Saturday, July 7th, 6-10pm

Artist in Attendance. Open to the Public


Artist Talk

Saturday, July 21st, 3-5pm

Geology +/_  Art

with Special Guest, Kalliopi Monoyios





In the last year, we've experienced some incredible celestial phenomenon over the Rocky Mountains. Starting in August, 2017 with the Great American Solar Eclipse and more recently in January 2018 with the double Super Moons and a Lunar Eclipse. The quality of this extraordinary light over the Western high altitude landscape inspired to me to illuminate my mountains in ethereal baths of energetic light.

In my solo exhibition of new paintings, LUMINOUS MOUNTAINOUS, I explore how the color-rich gradient of sky light under dramatic conditions in the Western region effects the perception, depth, mood and experience of familiar alpine and desert basin formations. Using saturated and desaturated color palettes, simulated geological rock textures and actual crushed minerals sourced from an Arizona Mining company - such as Fools Gold and Pink Granite embedded into the painting surface, these new mountainous worlds will emerge and float suspended in a peaceful, dream-like state of consciousness.

In all my work, I explore geology as the essence of creation and keeper of combined histories. My paintings emerge in geological time - in the sense that they are constructed in many textural layers, with multiple media techniques applied in a sequence of experimental applications.  I combine abstract painting, printmaking, photography and digital manipulation techniques to create my textural imagery which become the components in my fully realized miniature landscape collage sketches. Those micro habitats are scaled up into acrylic paintings. In each work, I employ a spatial technique in painting called "equivocal space" which alters depth perspective through color, composition and media to keep your eye engaged and journeying around the image. It's a way I've found that conveys how we move through actual landscapes.

This solo show is inspired by many landmarks and features of Colorado's natural wilderness areas.




Sarah Winkler is a British-born, US-based Painter and Collage Artist working in the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado. Winkler studied Studio Art and Earth Science at William Patterson University. She has exhibited her artwork nationally in exhibitions and art fairs with K Contemporary, Gallery MAR, Space Gallery, RH Contemporary Art, Helikon Gallery and Gallerie Citi. Her work has been commissioned internationally in private and corporate art collections including Chevron HQ, Marriott, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, One Empire Pass, Deer Valley Resort, Hilton West Palm Beach, Viceroy Aspen, Mountain Shadows Resort, The Phoenician and The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas.  Her work has been featured in The Jealous Curator, CREATE! Magazine, LUXE Interiors + Design, Scientific American, New American Paintings, Dwell and Alpine Modern Magazine.



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.



Kalliopi Monoyios graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor's Degree in Geology. For eleven years, she worked at The University of Chicago as a scientific illustrator.  In addition to illustrating numerous scientific papers for publication in peer-review journals such as Nature and Science, she has collaborated on three popular non-fiction science books, Your Inner Fish( Knopf, 2008), and The Universe Within (Pantheon, 2013) by Neil Shubin, and Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne (Viking, 2009).  She is the co-founder and regular contributor to Scientific American Magazine's art and science blog, Symbiartic.



K Contemporary

1412 Wazee St

Denver, CO 80202





Tuesday – Saturday, 12 pm – 6 pm or by appointment