Yust has long been interested in making prints, even before he came to Colorado from Kansas in the early 1960s, but he's better known as a painter. So it's no surprise to learn that the monotypes produced at Open Press were later touched up with paint at Yust's Fort Collins studio.
The prints in the show, many of them diptychs, some pairing a circle with a square, seem to be abstractions of the Western landscape. And that's no accident, says Yust. "There are topographic and landscape references," he admits, "but I hope color comes through as a major concern and interest." Some pieces, such as "Hieromantic Inclusion I" (above), look like hand-painted renditions of satellite photos.
Yust, a painting professor at Colorado State University, has exhibited only rarely in Denver since the gallery that represented him, Inkfish, closed a few years ago. That makes this show a special opportunity -- and a brief one, since the gallery's open only on weekends and the show closes June 16.