Denver Post Features Topher Straus' "The Parks"
Article by Amy Norton
“The Parks” exhibit showcases treasured landscapes through unconventional paintings
As our nation’s leadership shifts its environmental priorities from protection to exploitation, it is critical, now more than ever, for citizens to appreciate and explore the treasured landscapes that have inspired inhabitants of our continent for centuries. To that end, artist Topher Straus chose to use the vast National Park system, established 150 years ago, as a blueprint for his unconventional representational landscapes featured in a new exhibit at Niza Knoll Gallery entitled “The Parks.”
Straus highlights popular vistas through spectacular 30-inch-by-60-inch paintings on metal with the goal of providing a personal and rich experience for the viewer, much like when visiting the parks themselves. The show runs January 11 through February 16 at 915 Santa Fe Drive in Denver with the public invited to view and purchase work at an artist’s reception during the Third Friday Art Walk on January 18, 5-8 pm and during regular gallery Winter hours, Wednesday through Saturday 1-4 pm, First and Third Friday 4-8 pm and by appointment.
Topher Straus is a Denver-born, New York-trained fine artist, known for his raw playfulness and imaginative concepts. He describes his work as “… a deconstruction of reality that is layered with radical color combinations and bold texture. My style is unconventional, fresh and inspired. My work is fun, fearless and full of rhythm.” He believes that nature is food for our souls and fuel for our imagination.
In 2009 Niza Knoll Gallery opened in the Art District on Santa Fe at 915 Santa Fe Drive. The gallery specializes in intriguing conceptual exhibits, hosts first and third Friday events, monthly salons, private concerts and guest speakers. Past exhibits have included unusual artist pairings, outsider art, collaborative work, thought provoking thematic exhibits of artists using non-traditional media. Through a partnership with Kingman Winery the space serves a tasting room for their fine Colorado wines and is proud to offer their wine for sale during art walks and other special events. Visit www.nizaknollgallery.com for more information.