The David B. Smith Gallery, located in Denver, CO, will present new Works by Laura Ball and Ryan McLennan beginning January 28, 2011.

These two creative artists explore the struggles of human existence through animal imagery, which represent parallels to both the natural world and the world of the subconscious. While McLennan creates scenes which parallel the natural world, using a cast of North American mammals and birds to explore brief lessons in ecology, natural history, and evolution, Ball devises a world of internal dreams and monsters, defining the shadows that hold us back from healthy progression in our daily lives. Both Ball and McLennan tend to contrast their images against a stark, white background, inviting the viewer to delve more deeply into the meaning behind the image. While McLennan gravitates to acrylic and graphite while utilizing a subtle pallet of browns and golds, Ball uses watercolor to create softer but equally complex forms or more intense hues. While their aesthetic is similar, their styles and content are strikingly different – but each explores an examination of consciousness while capturing the struggles with which they are intrigued; whether it is the survival of the environment, or the survival of the human psyche. Both artists have received extensive national recognition, prestigious awards and grants.

Above: Laura Ball, Growing Pains, Watercolor on paper, 33 x 51.5 in. (83.8 x 130.8 cm) 2010

David B. Smith Gallery
1543 A Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202

An example of McLennan’s work follows after the jump. The exhibition runs through February 26, 2011.

Ryan McLennan The Witch Acrylic and graphite on paper 37 x 52 in. (94 x 132.1 cm) 2010

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