Creative Community Resource

Uncanny Worlds


  • 1261 1261 Delaware St, Denver, CO 80204

Opening Reception: Friday, May 5th 6-9 pm
Live Demonstration: Saturday, May
6th 12-3 pm

This May Gallery 1261 presents Uncanny Worlds, a solo exhibition of extraordinary work by Seattle-based artist David Cheifetz. This exhibition showcases the artists’ incredible talent for blending realism with fantastic imagery, merging the two to create vibrant, eye catching, and wholly original works of art. The exhibition runs from May 5 – May 27 with the opening reception on Friday May 5 from 6-9 pm. The artist will also be holding a demonstration on Saturday May 6 from 12-3 pm. It is perhaps best here to let the artist’s own words describe the work on view in this exhibition. Cheifetz says, "This body of work represents my creativity at its most unconstrained. The freedom of my current process has allowed me to tap into lightness, darkness, and the uncanny without excess judgement or expectation. For each painting, I was uncertain of the destination until the final brushstroke. The discomfort of this uncertainty leads me on a journey that is both more difficult and more rewarding. I am discovering places in my imagination I never knew were there. Through the process of painting, I am transported to other worlds. Or rather, an innermost world." These works reflect both the inner workings of the artists’ imagination as well as a newly cultivated freedom that he discovered once he truly allowed himself to delve into the process. His talent for realism is at its peak here. Each painting delivers crisp, clean lines with full attention to the details of each subject and his use of color and understanding of light and dark are a testament to this. The sense of freedom within this body of work is palpable. One can sense the discoveries made in each and every piece. There is a hint of mystery and a desire to know more when looking at the works on view. Uncanny Worlds is a fresh and invigorating investigation into the world of painting and is not to be missed.