Kevin Sloan: Collection of Rarities
November 8, 2018 to February 17, 2019
Kevin Sloan is a Denver based painter whose work is characterized by a deep reverence for the natural world.
Sloan’s allegorical realism, a term he has coined to refer to his use of objects and environments that are painted in a realistic way but because of the inclusion of unexpected elements, the narrative in the work takes on an allegorical quality.
His work is found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Phoenix Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, Tampa Museum of Art and the Tucson Museum of Art.
Over the past several months, this collective effort has relied upon the generosity of the artistic spirit, and a recognition of the important themes explored in Kevin Sloan’s paintings to create what critic, Carmine Starnino calls the “perfected expression of a sensibility in language.”
Poetry written by local poets in response to Kevin Sloan’s work. The poets include Steve Braff, Jennifer Kelley, Marsha de la O, Friday Gretchen, Fernando Albert Salinas and Nancy-Jean Pément.
What is surrealism?
What paintings in this collection feature unexpected combinations that seem like something out of a dream?
Surrealism is an art and literature movement that began in the 1920’s that valued imagination above logic- producing unexpected, poetic, and sometimes absurd results. Surrealism uses symbolism to convey meaning. A symbol is a picture that represents an idea. Symbolism can also be the combination of unexpected things, for example, what does it mean to have an elephant balancing on a china tea post in the middle of a meadow?