The Ghost Feeding Arena Opening
The Gallery 4 is committed to redefining the nature of conventional galleries by making fine art within reach to everyone. Enter their newest show, Ghost Feeding Arena, by Denver native Leslie Minnis. Minnis is an accomplished artist and illustrator, who has also been working in gaming development for the past 10 years. World of Darkness fans should recognize her work, as she participated in developing modern characters and costumes, and creating turnarounds for 3D models for the game. Her illustrations have appeared in many books, and recently she was chosen as one of a select few illustrators to work with fashion model “Zombie Boy” for a virtual fashion show during New York Fashion Week.
Minnis returned to her fine art roots in 2008 with her first solo show featuring oil paintings at Andenken Gallery in Denver, Colorado. The work in Ghost Feeding Arena comes from her recent endeavor, Echoroad, an independent graphic novel. The comic features her detailed paintings that include props, furniture, costumes, and sculptures created by the artist. Presented in a large scale format, her rich and vivid details draw viewers into the wondrous worlds she creates. Her work reflects themes of identity, the unconscious, dreams and surrealism with mythological and archetypal imagery. References to indigenous cultures melded with fantasy, as well as everyday life, can be seen in her paintings.
Minnis says of her work, “The oil paintings featured in Ghost Feeding Arena are painted from sets built with painted objects constructed from found scraps of wood and fabric. Each painting is meant to tell a story through objects, while reflecting an everyday situation such as a room in a house. They are intended to act as meditations and mnemonic devices to navigate important, yet easily neglected barriers that prevent achieving a more authentic self.”
Ghost Feeding Arena will be on display at The Gallery 4 in Shadyside, August 3rd through the 24th, with an opening reception, Saturday August 3rd from 7-11pm. Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8PM.