Posts Tagged ‘Denver’

Artist of the moment…….Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair



Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair are a young artistic duo from India who are renown for their work with cut paper and lightboxes.

Hari Panicker was born in Mumbai, India in the year 1980. He studied graphic design and illustration in college and has worked in the industry as an album designer. Paniker was also in management for MTV networks of India.

The artist enjoys drawing and creating monsters.

Panicker is inspired by Balinese shadow puppets.

Below we take a closer look at one of the duo’s signature lightboxes:

Deepti Nair was also born in India in the year 1981. Nair enjoys working with papercuts and clay. She works in the technology industry as an interaction designer. Since she works with technology so much with her day job she prefers to do without when she is creating art.

The duo have been creating their lightboxes since 2010.

This creative team is now based out of Black Book Gallery looked in downtown Denver. This is an awesome gallery to view many of the artists listed here such as Ben Eine and ROA.

Price range information: Most original works are priced $2,000 to $5,000.

These are remarkable works of art made from paper. I am so impressed with the feeling and emotion of the scene the viewer gets when the piece is turned on. They are lit from behind with a L.E.D. light.


Artist of the moment…..Witold K

Witold K was born in Warsaw, Poland in the year 1932. Witold K was raised mainly by his grandparents as his mother died upon his birth. His grandfather was even a member of Polish Parliamentary government.

To help him learn English Witold K was an avid Scrabble player!

For his artistic education the artist attended Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.

1964 Witold K is sent to Paris, France by the Polish Minister of Culture. The artist smuggled writings of the those that disagreed with the governments of Poland and the Soviet Union. The artist helped bring these thoughts to the West.

For his acts Witold K received an award from the United States, but was then banned from returning to Poland.

Witold K moved to New York city in 1968. A year later he would move to California. He opened his first gallery in Beverly Hills.

In 1980 the artist moved to Denver, Colorado.

In 1997 the mayor of Denver, Wellington Webb proclaimed May 15th Witold K day. At the time it was his 65th birthday and the mayor wanted to recognize the donation to the artistic community of  Denver.

A documentary film is being shot talking about the life history and artistic journey of the artist.

In this great clip we listen to Witold K talk about a painting for auction at Sotheby’s. His dream job was to be the director of a zoo as he loved animals. We also learn about a wonderful painting inspired by his grandfather.

A link to Witold K’s own website:

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment…..David Shevlino….

The  artist was born in 1962.

He started off as a wildlife and landscape painter. A very tight and realistic painter. As he has blossomed as a painter his works now are very impressionistic with very graceful brushwork in his art. The paintings are finished enough so the viewer is intrigued, but nothing is overstated or overworked in his art.

A brief video on the artist and his works. One of the most diverse artists out there and it you can see how many different subjects he has worked with over the years. As the clip says in the beginning, the artist is freaking good at EVERYTHING!

One reason I love this artist is that he tries EVERYTHING when it comes to art. A child, an elderly person, a barn, a piece of fruit, and animating are all done at  very high level. To be honest I try to avoid using technology in my art, but after seeing this demo and the life he brought to the animation project, I may have to try out a Corel product just to experiment. This clip shows a neat animation done by Shevlino with a figure diving into the water.

The artist has some DVDs available and here is a short preview for his style of painting of the still life.  Gotta love his brushwork!

The artist was first drawn to the art world at the age of fourteen. He was able to visit the Metropolitan Musuem of Art. Shevlino started making copies of the master works he saw there and by the age of sixteen knew that he wanted to become a full time professional artist.

The artist has studied at many great institutions of art. The Art Students League of New York, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and earned a college degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

low price range: Small floral oils starting at $2,000. Pastel landscapes for $1,000.

high price range: $20,000 for a large oil painting.

The artist is great at painting moving figures as well, such as the boxers. The boxers are very lively and like the sumo wrestlers, its easy to tell the artist has a great grasp of the human form. If you enjoy the painted boxing figure I would suggest looking up art works painted by Steve Huston and George Bellows. Huston loves to layer paint on his works. Interesting also he likes to remove paint as well, using sandpaper on every work. Put some paint on, take it off. Huston likes to develop the abstraction in his works this way. Bellows was a great painter of the landscape, but was also a fantastic illustrator and painter of the figure engaged in sport.

I hope Mr. Shevlino inspires you to try a new medium and develop your creative skills even more when you let go and aren’t afraid to jump out of your normal creative style. As with any master artist when you see the works in person you get a better grasp at the artist’s use of color and how he layers it for effect.

On line and land based galleries:  Gallery 1261 in Denver, Colorado.

A link to the artist’s own website:

Happy painting!


He has worked in pastels and oils for the most part.