Backstage: 1990’s London Fashion Week | Love, Line, Joshua and Jane

Opening First Friday

Apr 1 2016

6:00 pm

Backstage: 1990’s London Fashion Week | Love, Line, Joshua and Jane

Apr 1 2016 - Apr 30 2016

Opening – First Friday
April 1, 2016
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception Party – Third Friday
April 15, 2016
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Showing in the first gallery:

1990’s London Fashion Week.
At the Bit Factory Gallery – April 1st – 15th, 2016.

A rare insight into the 1990’s London fashion scene.

Artist Gary Wallis.
Exhibition by Mario Abela: Creative.

ALEXANDER McQueen – Backstage – The Early Shows :

Photographer Gary Wallis first met Lee McQueen, later known as Alexander McQueen, while they were both studying at Central Saint Martins, London.  Their long-term collaboration began when Lee asked Gary to shoot his MA graduation collection ‘Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims’.

Before McQueen’s 1994 Fall collection ‘Banshee’, Lee requested Wallis to make a short ‘home movie’ and also to photograph ‘Banshee’ backstage.

For McQueen’s next four shows: ‘The Birds’, ‘Highland Rape’, ‘The Hunger’ and ‘Dante’, Wallis was again given backstage access to take pictures. This mainly unseen library has been hidden away in filing cabinets for over 20 years until very recently. These beautiful portraits provide a true insider’s view into a rare and special moment in time, as McQueen pushed the boundaries of convention and rose up as the rebel king of British fashion and ultimately world fashion.

This intimate set is a sample of images published as a collection in a litho printed hardback and is a must have for any discerning lover of McQueen and fashionista’s alike.

London Fashion Week –

A small selection of assorted fashion portraits  taken backstage during London Fashion Week.   These pictures were  chosen  from a forth coming book and exhibition, including backstage Antonio Berardi and Matthew Williamson shows. Of course the 1990’s fashion scene could not be complete without the “super models”- Kate and Naomi, and a little splash of
Strike a pose……

Mario Abela
ph: 303 718 6873
em: info@marioabela.net

Copyright : All copyright remains with Gary Wallis.

Showing in the second gallery:

Love, Line, Joshua and Jane

I love clear arguments for independent witty women, heart touching comic satire, and the promise of happy endings. When attempting to describe my love for Austen’s prose, I find her own words encapsulate my feelings precisely. “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813)

These modern, energetic portraits are my homage to Jane Austen, an author with a profound understanding of human nature captured in ever graceful, sometimes snarky, and uncommonly humorous

I emulate that prose with character studies that are graceful and chivalrous, yet strong and enigmatic. Austen’s characters are both believable and archetypal. The size and color choice in each study attempts to emulate Austen’s ability to reflect her character’s primal nature as well as their emotional makeup. The color, figure and abstract compositional qualities should immerse the viewer in the feelings of the character and the atmosphere of their novel.

The figures in my paintings evoke a nostalgia for a more gracious, slower, more courteous world, but the classical poses and costumes remind the viewer of this narrow, more restrictive existence. The attire and positions of the figures were inspired by the work of Sir Joshua Reynolds. As a contemporary of Austen’s during the Georgian to Regency era, I knew I could count on his large body of work for the historical accuracy of the apparel and pose.

The abstract qualities of my work aim to echo the fluidity of the narrator’s words, the character’s speech pattern, putting the viewer into the character’s mind. The paintings use light and contrast as a definition of the rock solid morality of the time, the sharp delineation reflecting Jane’s sharp observations of people and social situations.

I apply indirect color in washes using acrylic gloss medium, sometimes one at a time, sometimes two or three at a time, to a black acrylic grisaille layer. I use black to create starkness and contrast, as I find it does not distract from the evocative nature of color. I use indirect color in dripping, abstract washes to compositionally challenge myself as well as challenge the viewer’s ideas on modern portraiture.

Jane brought us social satire without causing us to lose faith in humanity. Her characters, and by extension, this body of work, are asking the largest questions in the human experience: ” Will I ever be loved?” “Will I ever find happiness?” Ms. Austen promises a happy ending; she helps us hope a little. It is my great wish that you find this hope in my art.

­Amy Lee Lummus

EAA on Santa Fe 2016

Opening First Friday

Mar 4 2016

6:00 pm

EAA on Santa Fe 2016

Mar 4 2016 - Mar 25 2016

Artist Reception Party – Third Friday
March 18, 2016
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

A Member Show of the Evergreen Artists Association in Denver Arts District on Santa Fe
Since 1958, the Evergreen Artists Association (EAA) has played a major part in establishing the art community of Evergreen, just 30 minutes west of Denver. We are a collection of emerging and nationally-recognized artists who learn from, support and teach each other in numerous community social and art events in Evergreen and throughout Colorado. We are a true “family” of artists. As Evergreen is now a Candidate District in the Colorado Creative Industries Creative District Program, we want to share our talents of the visual arts with the Denver Arts District on Santa Fe.  Please join us to celebrate EAA on Santa Fe 2016.
March 4 – March 25, 2016

Contact:  info@evergreenartists.org
More Info:   www.evergreenartists.org

Bruno D’Anna | W. Max Thomason

Opening First Friday

Feb 5 2016

6:00 pm

Bruno D’Anna | W. Max Thomason

Feb 5 2016 - Feb 29 2016

Artist Reception Party
Third Friday
February 19, 2016
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Bruno D’Anna will be displaying a collection of cityscapes and landscapes in the second room at Bitfactory Gallery for the month of February. W. Max Thomason will be displaying his Blue Series in the first room at Bitfactory Gallery for the month of February.


Bruno D’Anna Exhibit

First Friday Art Walk

Nov 6 2015

Bruno D’Anna Exhibit

Nov 6 2015 - Nov 30 2015

Born 1951 in Naples, Italy, Bruno has shown an exceptional inclination for art since childhood. As a teenager, Bruno enrolled in the Artistic Lyceum of Naples, a vocational school in which he had the opportunity to learn from some of Italy’s most respected artists, including Armando De Stefano. While in school, Bruno learned numerous painting techniques and the importance of artist influence on people’s lives. He participated in numerous art exhibitions and galleries throughout the country, and earned his Master of Arts degree in 1971. Afterward, Bruno enrolled at the Naples Accademia delle Belle Arti with an emphasis on Scenography. After enhancing his artistic creativity and gaining full control of various techniques at the prestigious Academy, Bruno dedicated himself fully to painting. A remarkably expressive, figurative, vocational scenographer and painter at heart, Bruno merges various techniques to encompass his own emotions, the exaltation of nature, and the purity of poetry.
Artist Reception Party/Third Friday Event:
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Opening First Friday

Sep 4 2015

12:00 pm


Sep 4 2015 - Sep 30 2015

Opening First Friday, September 4, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Featuring the art of Vincent Cheap

Vincent Cheap is a Colorado grown multimedia artist. Cheap’s art over the years has been about taking found objects and turning them into fine art. By observing the obvious and the absurd in his environment, he has created a narrative and a world all his own though painting, illustration, music, film, and sculpture.  Cheap is currently a partner in the local Denver gallery/collective,  Cabal Gallery.  He is also co founder of Fast Geek Press, that publishes books of local and national poets as well as recordings on cassette tape and vinyl.  This has led to Cheap collaborating with a number of bands and musicians.

Artist Reception Party September 18, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Movement and Inspiration from Rock N’ Roll to Landscapes

First Friday

Jul 3 2015

12:00 pm

Movement and Inspiration from Rock N’ Roll to Landscapes

Jul 3 2015 - Jul 31 2015

Opening reception: 6:00 pm till 12:00 am July 3rd
Artist reception party: 6:00 pm till 12:00 am July 17th

John Cutaia’s works highlight his recent and successful transition into one of Denver’s most requested rock and roll photographers. This exhibition will include photographs of local and beloved musicians Hazel Miller and Chris Daniels, as well as international musicians Alejandro Escovedo, Gavin Harrison and Adrian
Belew. Composer David Torn, who has lent his talents to the soundtracks of No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski, and The Departed, will also be featured. Cutaia began this photographic journey by chance. A friend, who was a professional photographer, had sold Cutaia a used camera, and with this purchase he
also received a lesson in night-time photography. Delving into the challenges of shooting into complicated light intrigued and inspired him. He uses negative space and the lack of light to his advantage within the dark atmosphere of bars and music halls. Making a photograph include the abstract to transform the view into a work akin to a painting is both the challenge and the goal of Cutaia.For further information on John Cutaia, please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/john.cutaia

Gina Burg’s works highlight the movement and light within landscapes. Burg aims to inspire the viewer to feel the passion for seeing these settings in person. By blending the mediums of film, graphic art and painting, she merges the real and the surreal to illustrate the moods of nature. With Burg’s unique eye for
composition, she captures the feeling of motion through a dream-like quality of light. She has been taking photographs since she was a little girl after being handed a 35 millimeter camera from her father. Her love of art translated into a career in graphic design, which influences and often extends into her photographic works. She has more than a decade of professional photography experience and has worked with such artists as John Fielder who stated “I consistently can say whenever she hands over another file that it is another perfect Gina Design.”For more information on Gina Burg, please visit her website at www.ginastudio.com or her facebook page at www.facebook.com/5280shutterbug