DENVER, CO., This fall Abend Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by gallery artist Elsa Sroka. The wonderful world of animals for which she is known is extended in this body of work, here with a fresh take on the faces and spaces we normally see. Sroka has a knack for portraying her subjects with so much personality and life that viewers of all ages and backgrounds delight in her work. The exhibition runs September 2nd through October 1st, with the opening reception on Friday, September 2nd, from 6-9 pm.
Sroka has an incredible ability to generate an emotive response from her viewers given her atypical, albeit refreshing, approach to portraiture. The cows that are on view in this new body of work are often placed in settings that are less conventional, in a fun and at times humorous way. While Sroka’s subjects are always imbued with agency, placing them in more human settings makes this aspect even more apparent. The paintings exude a sense of warmth and charm that is unmatched.
Stylistically, Sroka’s combination of realistic and abstract elements blend to create works which focus on the softer sides of the cows on view. While these animals are more traditionally aligned with landscape painting, serving more as props in a scene, Sroka gets up close and personal, and hones in on what makes each one of them unique. We see this in paintings like “Gertie”, “The New Couch”, and “Floyd” amongst others.
Her unique style and endearing subject matter pull you in, rendering you anxious to take in the full image again and again. What remains the same in this series, as in the rest of Sroka’s work, is her genuine appreciation and admiration for her subjects, and her desire to continue to put the cows at the forefront of her work in interesting and imaginative ways.
Elsa Sroka Solo Exhibition
September 2nd – October 1st, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, September 2nd, 6-9 pm.