Visions West Contemporary, Denver, CO is pleased to announce Taking Shape featuring, New York- based artist Mariella Bisson’s first show in Denver along with California-based artist Siddharth Parasnis. Bisson’s natural landscapes and Parasnis’s architectural landscapes both use colorful geometric planes to depict a sense of place.
In Taking Shape, Bisson explores time, light, and gravity in these mixed media paintings to depict elements of rocks, forests and water. She begins all her pieces as drawings and develops them with the use of all colors ranging from dark black to bright white, as well as many earth tones in between.
Before opening up her full-time studio in Woodstock, New York, she earned her BFA in Drawing at Pratt Institute, and then her Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in 1981. The inspiration for her style and subject matter can be attributed to artists such as Thomas Cole, Sanford Gifford, Asher Durand, and Albert Bierstadt.
Bisson's work is showcased at museums and corporate settings across the U.S. and Europe. Some of her notable grants and awards include a 2014 and 2015 Pollock Krasner Foundation Fellowship, and the 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting.
Parasnis similarly uses bright geometric layers of color in his pieces, however he focuses on more architectural cityscapes. The sharp angles of his oil on canvas paintings depict scenes based off of India and California architecture. His inspirations range from pre-modern Indian paintings to Rothko color field paintings.
Parasnis moved to San Francisco from India in 2001 and has since been showing his paintings at numerous exhibitions such as those at the Crocker Art Museum, Bakersfield Art Museum, the Galesburg Civic Art Center in Illinois, the South Central Zone Cultural Center of Nagpur, India, and Dell Computer Corporation. He has also received a 2012-13 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and has been published in many notable publications.
The exhibition will feature seventeen Bisson paintings, some of which are collages on paper and the rest being mixed media paintings on linen and wood, along with five oil on canvas pieces by Parasnis. The artist’s reception opens the show on Friday June 3rd at 6pm and will be on view through July 1st.