The current exhibit at 1818 is Impressions of Denver, one of a number of shows done in conjunction with the DAM's Impressionism exhibit. The gallery's director, Eric Bazarnic, has selected ten regional artists, all of whom paint recognizable subjects. Despite the implication of the show's title, most of the artists here are not contemporary impressionists; rather, they are more easily characterized as expressionists, like Steve Walker, or are hyper-realists, like Robert Gratiot.
Walker paints a lively and cartoon-like view in "Union Station," an acrylic on board. Gratiot explores old signage in a series of paintings on canvas; in the acrylic "Coffee Shop, Denver" (above), he takes a fanatically detailed look at an old building at Grant Street and 7th Avenue.
Bazarnic points out that although the artists in this show are not, strictly speaking, impressionists, they do have something in common with their French forebears. Like the original impressionists, these local contemporary artists are interested in capturing the world in which they live.