2/9/2017 - Review: Artist Michael J. Dowling Erases and Marks Old Master Classical Imagery - Michael Paglia, Denver Westword

Colorado artist Michael J. Dowling, the subject of a striking solo, You Already Know How This Will End, at Leon Gallery, has built a solid reputation based on drawings, paintings and now sculptures that have an old-master classicism that he intentionally undermines through additions and subtractions, what he calls “redactions.”

Colorado artist Michael J. Dowling, the subject of a striking solo, You Already Know How This Will End, at Leon Gallery, has built a solid reputation based on drawings, paintings and now sculptures that have an old-master classicism that he intentionally undermines through additions and subtractions, what he calls “redactions.”

1/5/17 - The top 10 art exhibitions of 2016 in Denver - Michael Paglia, Art, ltd. 

7) Leon Gallery, “Matthew Harris: Baroque Selfies”  A stunning combo of abstracted busts paired with wallpaper-like paintings.

7) Leon Gallery, “Matthew Harris: Baroque Selfies” 
A stunning combo of abstracted busts paired with wallpaper-like paintings.

12/22/16 - The top 10 (plus a few more) art exhibits of 2016 in Colorado - Ray Rinaldi, One Good Eye

8. Jonathan Saiz, The Deep End, Leon Gallery, November 18 through January 7, 2017 Jonathan Saiz confirmed our worst fears as 2016 closed out on a particularly ugly and impolite political note: The world is, for sure, coming to an end. He’s not a partisan, just a keen observer of humanity’s willingness to recklessly and selfishly screw itself. His creations for this show, assembled from 9,000 little paintings packed in tiny plastic boxes, go to very dark places but always seem to squeeze out a bit of optimism, or at least, an acceptance of the natural order. Doomsday Eve might not be an excuse to party, but it’s no reason to freak out either.

8. Jonathan Saiz, The Deep End, Leon Gallery, November 18 through January 7, 2017

Jonathan Saiz confirmed our worst fears as 2016 closed out on a particularly ugly and impolite political note: The world is, for sure, coming to an end. He’s not a partisan, just a keen observer of humanity’s willingness to recklessly and selfishly screw itself. His creations for this show, assembled from 9,000 little paintings packed in tiny plastic boxes, go to very dark places but always seem to squeeze out a bit of optimism, or at least, an acceptance of the natural order. Doomsday Eve might not be an excuse to party, but it’s no reason to freak out either.

12/15/16 - Decoding Painted Constellations of Tiny, Mysterious Symbols - Kealey Boyd, Hyperallergic

"In Revelations, the eye suggests God’s knowledge, awareness, and concern. In The Deep End, the symbol also encourages looking as an active choice. Looking is hunting and searching for meaning or for answers. Saiz makes our terrors tangible in his artwork. By acknowledging fears in the periphery of our daily lives or the dark corners of our minds, the mechanisms of control — whether god or government — are disrupted. The gaze is powerful."

"In Revelations, the eye suggests God’s knowledge, awareness, and concern. In The Deep End, the symbol also encourages looking as an active choice. Looking is hunting and searching for meaning or for answers. Saiz makes our terrors tangible in his artwork. By acknowledging fears in the periphery of our daily lives or the dark corners of our minds, the mechanisms of control — whether god or government — are disrupted. The gaze is powerful."

12/7/16 - The end is near (and maybe that’s OK): Artist Jonathan Saiz isn’t about to argue with the apocalypse - Ray Rinaldi, The Denver Post

"The exhibit, “The Deep End,” distributes his brilliant and confused mind across the walls of Leon and it is as entertaining and immersive as any Hollywood blockbuster, though without the big-budget. There’s an unpolished, D.I.Y. aura to the effort that makes it personal, sincere and, almost, convincing."

"The exhibit, “The Deep End,” distributes his brilliant and confused mind across the walls of Leon and it is as entertaining and immersive as any Hollywood blockbuster, though without the big-budget. There’s an unpolished, D.I.Y. aura to the effort that makes it personal, sincere and, almost, convincing."

12/14/16 - Review: Systems Analysts Clark Richert at Gildar, Jonathan Saiz at Leon - Michael Paglia, Westword

"Though many of Saiz’s works are compelling, the showstopper is the monumental “It’s only working ’til it isn’t,” made up of thousands of little plastic boxes, each containing a minuscule painting. Trussed up with brightly colored cords and painted over in places, the piece takes on a jagged horizontal form that stands out from the wall."

"Though many of Saiz’s works are compelling, the showstopper is the monumental “It’s only working ’til it isn’t,” made up of thousands of little plastic boxes, each containing a minuscule painting. Trussed up with brightly colored cords and painted over in places, the piece takes on a jagged horizontal form that stands out from the wall."

12/12/16 - DENVER ARTIST EXPLORES CONSPIRACY THEORIES THROUGH ART AT LEON GALLERY, by Cori Anderson, 303 Magazine

"Conspiracy theories are sometimes alluded to in art, but are not usually addressed directly. Often, these ideas are side-stepped perhaps due to the artist’s fear of losing credibility. But Denver-raised artist Jonathan Saiz wants to confront the stigma of believing in conspiracy theories by representing them in visually stunning displays of intense complexity."

"Conspiracy theories are sometimes alluded to in art, but are not usually addressed directly. Often, these ideas are side-stepped perhaps due to the artist’s fear of losing credibility. But Denver-raised artist Jonathan Saiz wants to confront the stigma of believing in conspiracy theories by representing them in visually stunning displays of intense complexity."

 "This exhibition is about reflection. Decadent mirrors filled with text push one to reflect on the outside viewer's role in enabling a culture in turmoil to thrive" - Odessa Denver 

 "This exhibition is about reflection. Decadent mirrors filled with text push one to reflect on the outside viewer's role in enabling a culture in turmoil to thrive" - Odessa Denver 


"Denver artist Matthew Harris is on a quest to uncover some of those flaws with meticulously sculpted and grotesque statue heads which seduce the eye from a distance and repulse it from up close. In doing so, he hopes that viewers of his work may rethink how they deal with the reality of imperfection" written by Cori Anderson.


Pick up your May/June copy in stores today to read the wonderful review. Visit Art Ltd. for more reviews. 

Pick up your May/June copy in stores today to read the wonderful review. Visit Art Ltd. for more reviews. 






"Issues of National Security Agency-style spying and intrusive modern technology come to the visual art world with this digital-focused exhibit." - 5280

"Issues of National Security Agency-style spying and intrusive modern technology come to the visual art world with this digital-focused exhibit." - 5280


Gravey's Tiny Cinema will be parked in back of Leon Gallery, and the short film will be shown to a handful of viewers at a time while the gallery slings drinks and gets people moving with a guest DJ inside.

Gravey's Tiny Cinema will be parked in back of Leon Gallery, and the short film will be shown to a handful of viewers at a time while the gallery slings drinks and gets people moving with a guest DJ inside.


"There is the unmistakable hint of death, but it is presented in a playful way, in a challenging way that asks us to let go of living and dying and be in that moment." - 303 Magazine

"There is the unmistakable hint of death, but it is presented in a playful way, in a challenging way that asks us to let go of living and dying and be in that moment." - 303 Magazine


"Iconic big strange works on wood that feel retro-primal" - Walt Morton on Michael Dowling's work at the LA Art Show.

"Iconic big strange works on wood that feel retro-primal" - Walt Morton on Michael Dowling's work at the LA Art Show.


The artist Jolt, best-known for his graffiti writing and outdoor murals,shows recent work at Leon Gallery. "A gallery show, by contrast, demands that people come to it. It's not an intervention, but an invitation. It has to serve as a gracious host, allow intimacy, make a personal plea for our attention. Jolt does all of that at Leon." Photo by Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post. (Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post)

The artist Jolt, best-known for his graffiti writing and outdoor murals,shows recent work at Leon Gallery. "A gallery show, by contrast, demands that people come to it. It's not an intervention, but an invitation. It has to serve as a gracious host, allow intimacy, make a personal plea for our attention. Jolt does all of that at Leon." Photo by Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post. (Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post)


"Jolt — Guerilla Garden founder, Westword MasterMind and art curator for Artopia 2016 — is always fighting to legitimize graffiti art by creating bold, writing-based graphic murals and heading up a hub for like-minded street artists. Now he's bringing his style indoors for a solo show at Leon..." written by Susan Froyd.

"Jolt — Guerilla Garden founder, Westword MasterMind and art curator for Artopia 2016 — is always fighting to legitimize graffiti art by creating bold, writing-based graphic murals and heading up a hub for like-minded street artists. Now he's bringing his style indoors for a solo show at Leon..." written by Susan Froyd.


Diego Rodriguez-Warner's murals reference everything from Matisse to Disney. He has a show at Leon Gallery. Ray Rinaldi, The Denver Post (Photos by Ray Rinaldi, The Denver Post)

Diego Rodriguez-Warner's murals reference everything from Matisse to Disney. He has a show at Leon Gallery. Ray Rinaldi, The Denver Post (Photos by Ray Rinaldi, The Denver Post)


We are very excited to announce that Leon Gallery is teaming up with Clyfford Still Museum to bring a little color and art into the Black Friday madness. With your visit,to Leon, receive a free ticket to the Clyfford Still Museum! This year, brighten up your Black Friday by visiting Leon Gallery and opting for art instead!

We are very excited to announce that Leon Gallery is teaming up with Clyfford Still Museum to bring a little color and art into the Black Friday madness. With your visit,to Leon, receive a free ticket to the Clyfford Still Museum! This year, brighten up your Black Friday by visiting Leon Gallery and opting for art instead!


  "At this highly anticipated dual exhibition, catch two artists who delve into the Technicolor cacophony of our world." - 5280 Best Bet Award for the Arts for the month of November.

 

"At this highly anticipated dual exhibition, catch two artists who delve into the Technicolor cacophony of our world." - 5280 Best Bet Award for the Arts for the month of November.



"Matt Scobey has been part of the Denver scene for ten years, but he has never had a higher profile than he does right now..." - written by Michael Paglia. Photograph by Amanda Tipton. 

"Matt Scobey has been part of the Denver scene for ten years, but he has never had a higher profile than he does right now..." - written by Michael Paglia. Photograph by Amanda Tipton


“The idea for Press Fest came to me and my partner in Walled In magazines, Gregory Ferrari, via Eric Dallimore,” Kaela Martin, one of the Fest’s founders, told 303 in an exclusive interview. “He is the co-owner of Leon Gallery and was so inspired by the NY Art Book Fair that he wanted to gather a crew to make something similar in Denver: something that wasn’t just a book fair, but instead, a  showcase of art and all kinds of works in print. Eric reached out to others: Daniel Landes of City O’ City, Derrick Mund of SpringGun Press and of course his partner at Leon, Eric Nord..." Written by Addison Herron-Wheeler.

“The idea for Press Fest came to me and my partner in Walled In magazines, Gregory Ferrari, via Eric Dallimore,” Kaela Martin, one of the Fest’s founders, told 303 in an exclusive interview. “He is the co-owner of Leon Gallery and was so inspired by the NY Art Book Fair that he wanted to gather a crew to make something similar in Denver: something that wasn’t just a book fair, but instead, a  showcase of art and all kinds of works in print. Eric reached out to others: Daniel Landes of City O’ City, Derrick Mund of SpringGun Press and of course his partner at Leon, Eric Nord..." Written by Addison Herron-Wheeler.


  Congratulations to Matt Scobey for a fine write up by Ray Rinaldi in the Denver Post for his exhibition "The Essence". "Matt Scobey is one of the most interesting artists working in Denver today, and mostly because he's so hard to pin down. The concrete objects he's currently displaying at Leon Gallery position him somewhere between creative madman and sharp-minded entrepreneur." "Matt Scobey's rough, romantic concrete at Denver's Leon"- written by Ray Rinaldi. Photograph by Amanda Tipton.

 

Congratulations to Matt Scobey for a fine write up by Ray Rinaldi in the Denver Post for his exhibition "The Essence". "Matt Scobey is one of the most interesting artists working in Denver today, and mostly because he's so hard to pin down. The concrete objects he's currently displaying at Leon Gallery position him somewhere between creative madman and sharp-minded entrepreneur." "Matt Scobey's rough, romantic concrete at Denver's Leon"- written by Ray Rinaldi. Photograph by Amanda Tipton.


  "KUVO's visual arts consultant Hilary DePolo booked the guest on her monthly feature "Art Scene"  far in advance of this week's nuclear weapons treaty announcement with Iran.  Her guest, Eric Dallimore of Leon Gallery (1112 E 17th Ave., Uptown) is opening an exhibit of Iranian-American artists called Continental Divide: East of L.A./West of Tehran."  Image courtesy by Amanda Tipton.

 

"KUVO's visual arts consultant Hilary DePolo booked the guest on her monthly feature "Art Scene"  far in advance of this week's nuclear weapons treaty announcement with Iran.  Her guest, Eric Dallimore of Leon Gallery (1112 E 17th Ave., Uptown) is opening an exhibit of Iranian-American artists called Continental Divide: East of L.A./West of Tehran."  Image courtesy by Amanda Tipton.


  Our anticipated summer group show that is in conjunction with this year's Biennial of the Americas, "Continental Divide: East of L.A / West of Tehran" has been chosen as the top five exhibitions to see! "Leon Gallery took a different tack in exploring the Biennial theme by focusing on the Persian-American immigrant experience. A conversation with Safa Samiezadé-Yazd — a local artist who’s worked on a national level for Aslan Media and Boomgen Studios — first opened Eric Dallimore’s eyes to the unique position of her culture-straddling compatriots in America: Iranian-American artists struggle not only with their mixed cultural identity, but also with the question of whether that’s a theme they should pursue in their work." "Five Biennial-Inspired Exhibitions at Denver Galleries and in the Streets!" - written by Susan Froyd. Photograph: Amitis Motevalli, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Rebel," 2005.

 

Our anticipated summer group show that is in conjunction with this year's Biennial of the Americas, "Continental Divide: East of L.A / West of Tehran" has been chosen as the top five exhibitions to see! "Leon Gallery took a different tack in exploring the Biennial theme by focusing on the Persian-American immigrant experience. A conversation with Safa Samiezadé-Yazd — a local artist who’s worked on a national level for Aslan Media and Boomgen Studios — first opened Eric Dallimore’s eyes to the unique position of her culture-straddling compatriots in America: Iranian-American artists struggle not only with their mixed cultural identity, but also with the question of whether that’s a theme they should pursue in their work." "Five Biennial-Inspired Exhibitions at Denver Galleries and in the Streets!" - written by Susan Froyd. Photograph: Amitis Motevalli, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Rebel," 2005.


  "Starting this week, Mehran has work appearing in two Denver exhibitions: the Museum of Contemporary Art's Biennial exhibit, "Now? NOW!" and Leon gallery's "Continental Divide: East of L.A. / West of Tehran." Both run through the end of August." "Through Art, Laleh Mehran Explores The Idea Of Iranian-American" - written by Stephanie Wolf and interviewed by CPR's Ryan Warner.

 

"Starting this week, Mehran has work appearing in two Denver exhibitions: the Museum of Contemporary Art's Biennial exhibit, "Now? NOW!" and Leon gallery's "Continental Divide: East of L.A. / West of Tehran." Both run through the end of August." "Through Art, Laleh Mehran Explores The Idea Of Iranian-American" - written by Stephanie Wolf and interviewed by CPR's Ryan Warner.


  READERS' CHOICE: BEST GALLERY SHOW-- SOLO (2015) Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's exhibition, "Lament", at Leon Gallery. Photograph by Amanda Tipton.

 

READERS' CHOICE: BEST GALLERY SHOW-- SOLO (2015) Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's exhibition, "Lament", at Leon Gallery. Photograph by Amanda Tipton.


  "As much as these are kind of dismissible images in many respects, I see a lot of magic in them and a lot of serendipity,” Isaacs says. “They're exquisite moments." The exhibition “36 Views of the Lion’s Lair” runs at Denver’s Leon Gallery through Jan. 4. The title references “36 Views of Mount Fuji,” a renowned series of woodblock prints created in the 19th century by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. Written and photographed by Corey H. Jones of CPR.

 

"As much as these are kind of dismissible images in many respects, I see a lot of magic in them and a lot of serendipity,” Isaacs says. “They're exquisite moments." The exhibition “36 Views of the Lion’s Lair” runs at Denver’s Leon Gallery through Jan. 4. The title references “36 Views of Mount Fuji,” a renowned series of woodblock prints created in the 19th century by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. Written and photographed by Corey H. Jones of CPR.


  We are excited to announce our exhibition "Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver" is announced a Denver's Best Bet. “Denver was also a photographer, toting his camera along on concert tours, backpacking trips and jaunts around the globe, and his visual work, on display at Leon Gallery, shares that same tone. It has what you'd expect from the author of chart toppers like "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Sunshine On My Shoulders" — scenes of nature, up close and personal, and people, near and far.”  "Best Bet: John Denver, photographer" -written and by Ray Rinaldi of The Denver Post.

 

We are excited to announce our exhibition "Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver" is announced a Denver's Best Bet. “Denver was also a photographer, toting his camera along on concert tours, backpacking trips and jaunts around the globe, and his visual work, on display at Leon Gallery, shares that same tone. It has what you'd expect from the author of chart toppers like "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Sunshine On My Shoulders" — scenes of nature, up close and personal, and people, near and far.”  "Best Bet: John Denver, photographer" -written and by Ray Rinaldi of The Denver Post.