Leon gallery is extremely proud to present an extraordinary new body of work by Denver’s own artistic prodigal son, Jonathan Saiz.
After spending several years in Greece, Paris, and Mexico, Saiz has triumphantly returned to Denver and it’s artistic community, poised to shatter whatever expectations the local critics, curators, and collectors may have about of his practice. Courageously exploring controversial subject matter and unconventional materials, Saiz’s signature lush, polished style has evolved into a chaotic, convulsive, and dynamic manifestation of the deep, dark terrors we all imagine. He has vulnerably tapped into and exposed the fears he indulges in, a cacophony of conspiracy theories, provoked by the daily barrage of socio-political battles, the surpassing of climate change thresholds, and the potential destructiveness of cosmological forces, that continuously threaten our world and our way of life. In the artist’s own words, “Something doesn’t feel right.”
The coinciding events scheduled are:
Planet X-mas Party, Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, 6pm - 10pm
Youtube Tuesday & Flea (for your life) Market, Tuesday, December 20th, 2016, 6pm - 10pm
The End (Party), Thursday, January 5th, 2017, 6pm - 10pm
The exhibition, which opens on Saturday, November 19th, 2016, will feature an array of sculptural work, both wall mounted and free-standing, which deconstruct traditional concepts of painting, and blur the distinctions between art and object. In addition, Saiz will premiere his first book, “Wake Up, Do Some Shit, Sleep,” a memoir that irreverently disassembles the barriers between visual and literary artistic practices, cleverly challenging our preconceptions of form, while upending our understanding of “the daily grind.”
Taking bold strides as he approaches his mid-thirties, Saiz has established himself as a solid, market-worthy artist. His paintings have been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine’s “New Contemporary” book from 2014, Elle Decor in 2015, and most recently in Veranda. His collaborative product project, “The Fountain Tarot” in which he produced 79 original paintings for each card within the deck, has been featured in Vogue twice, in both 2015 and 2016. His latest exhibition reaffirms the impressive volume of his artistic output, coming on the heels of a 2012 showing at Gildar Galleryin Denver, a 2013 exhibition at Alpha Gallery in London, and an appearance at the 2015 LA Art Show, via Leon Gallery.
The exhibition will be open to the public starting on Saturday, November 19th, 2016, between Noon and 7pm. Although there is no opening reception scheduled, we invite you to stop in and view this incredible new body of work by one of Denver’s most promising young artists.