By Helen Olsson By Helen Olsson | July 5, 2022 | People Feature Events The Latest Art
FROM FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY TO POP ART TO NATURE-BASED DIGITAL WORKS, VAIL’S BEST GALLERIES HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERY ART AFICIONADO.
David Yarrow, “The Rookie” (2021, archival pigment print), in three sizes. PHOTO BY DAVID YARROW/COURTESY OF GIB SINGLETON GALLERY
In 2021, Vail’s Gib Singleton Gallery (gibsingletongallery.com) started representing fine art photographer David Yarrow. “He’s hotter than a pistol,” says gallery director Lynnette Zueger. This summer, the gallery will showcase photos from the Wild West collection like “The Rookie,” which features Russell Wilson, the Broncos’ new quarterback, and his wife, R&B singer Ciara, shooting pool inside Montana’s Pioneer Bar. For the last two decades, the gallery has also featured an extensive collection by sculptor Gib Singleton, who passed away in 2014. The artist’s legacy of Western and biblical bronze sculpture lives on as the gallery publishes limited-edition museum pieces. “Once a piece sells out, they break the mold,” says Zueger.
DeVon, “James Bond” (2022, mixed media), 52 inches by 52 inches. PHOTO COURTESY OF GALERIE ZÜGER VAIL
Located in the center of Solaris in Vail Village is Singleton’s sister gallery, Galerie Züger (galeriezugervail.com), where you’ll discover powerful pieces of modern art and contemporary collections from around the world. Whether you’re a new or seasoned collector—or just browsing Vail’s art scene—the gallery will delight with works by Brazilian painter Hamilton Aguiar and colorful Western pieces by Carrie Fell. Our favorites are the works from pop artist DeVon, who uses digital and fine art techniques to create large-format abstract collages reminiscent of Andy Warhol. DeVon incorporates elements like acrylic, enamel, linen and Swarovski crystals to depict cultural icons like Marilyn Monroe blowing a giant pink bubble and Sean Connery as James Bond leaning jauntily on a sports car.
Topher Straus, “Vail” (2020, sublimated on aluminum), 30 inches by 60 inches. PHOTO BY TOPHER STRAUS
Founded in 2005, Vail International Gallery (vailgallery.com) is known for exhibiting a range of contemporary and historic museum-quality works from diverse genres. The gallery features work by Denver artist Topher Straus (the gallery also collaborated with The Hythe to display his work in the hotel’s lobby), and it will open a solo exhibition of Straus’ work in July. Straus takes a modern stylized approach to the depiction of iconic natural landscapes, from national parks to ski resorts, blending photography with digital painting. The works are printed onto large-scale aluminum sheets using a state-of-the-art sublimation process. “Our location in the Rocky Mountains lends itself to an emphasis on art relating to the natural world,” says Marc LeVarn, co-owner of the gallery, which also represents contemporary Colorado artists like Lu Cong, Ron Hicks and Scott Fraser.