Homare Ikeda

Sandy Carson Gallery features a must-see solo by one of Denver’s best contemporary artists.

Since returning from Bemis in March, Ikeda's continued to produce prolifically, and still begins his day by making drawings. In fact, in July he will be the subject of another solo, slated for the Dairy Center in Boulder, featuring only pieces done in the past couple of months.

William Biety, the gallery's director, says that several people have asked him why he would schedule such a significant outing in the summer instead of in the fall or winter, and he explains that "during the summer we get a lot of people from California and the East Coast coming in, and so I wanted to do a show of this quality." Biety also notes that prices for Denver art are ridiculously low by national standards, and this factor, along with the high quality of the offerings, encourages art sales. "They'll say, 'Five thousand dollars for that?'" he says with a laugh. "And they can hardly believe it."

"Air in Sea," by Homare Ikeda, acrylic, wax and oil on canvas.
"Air in Sea," by Homare Ikeda, acrylic, wax and oil on canvas.
"White Breath," by Homare Ikeda, acrylic, wax and oil on canvas.
"White Breath," by Homare Ikeda, acrylic, wax and oil on canvas.

Well, the tourist art dollars might be what Biety had in mind when booking the Ikeda show now, but it's those of us who are the regular hometown exhibition-hounds who are the true beneficiaries. Take my advice and definitely check out Homare Ikeda at Sandy Carson Gallery.

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