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Bus Stop Gallery Exhibit – Art of Modeling Figurative Exhibit Group Show/Breaking Boundaries of Body Exclusivity

June 7 - June 30

This exhibit features figurative artists Erica Podwoiski, Renee Patrick Martinez, Megan Morgan, Jasmine Mann, David Osburn and Virginia Kostmayer who are breaking down the boundaries of body exclusivity in art.  Historically, the models depicted in art have been overwhelmingly white, thin, able-bodied, and cis-gendered individuals. These artists and their models are paving the way toward equal representation of marginalized populations in art.

Boutique fine art modeling agency, Art of Modeling believes that all body shapes, sizes, colors, ages and genders are worthy of representation in works of art and is a proponent of increasing the accessibility of figure modeling as an artistic profession to community members who identify as underrepresented in fine arts.  We aim to send a wide variety of fine art models into studios and classrooms across Colorado’s front range in order to provide professional fine artists and students of art with a diverse range of bodies to depict in their work.  

About the artists:

David Osburn: Growing up on a farm in Indiana, led to a profound appreciation for life and nature. I abandoned an early interest in drawing for decades, only to have it speak to me again (loudly!) in recent years. Jumping out of a long corporate IT career a couple of years ago has enabled me to fully pursue my creative passion for painting. I have a few wonderful art teachers to thank for revealing the secrets of gesture, values, color, form, and depth.

The human form infuses me with energy and inspiration, and dominates my art expressions. I’m particularly drawn to subtle gestures and the feeling of intimacy. Our bodies say so much without spoken language. Celebration of life and grief for its transience is woven into my work.

René Patrick Martinez (b. 1976, Los Angeles), currently based in Denver, is a mixed media artist known for his compelling explorations of the human condition. Working primarily in oil painting, photography, and sculpture, Martinez’s versatile practice spans from unconventional portraiture to immersive installations. His art delves into psychological and metaphysical narratives, capturing the interplay of diverse human experiences shaped by the emotional challenges we all face and his own life experiences. 

Martinez is best known for his series “Mercedes,” a poignant collection of portraits that depict the frailty of life and the passage of time. This series, along with his other important projects, including a deeply personal exploration of death and the process of grief through the portrait of a friend who died suddenly, showcases his ability to communicate complex themes in accessible yet profound ways.

His distinctive approach to art-making blends traditional and contemporary techniques, challenging conventional boundaries by letting the concept dictate the discipline he chooses to execute the work. Martinez’s unconventional path as a self-taught artist underscores his belief in the democratization of art, pushing viewers to engage deeply with his work regardless of their background or artistic knowledge.

Location: The Bus Stop Gallery 4895 Broadway

Dates: Opening Reception Friday June 7 from 6-9 PM. Gallery hours Saturday June 8 from 1-6 PM, Sunday June 9 from 1-4 PM, Friday June 14 from 4-7 PM, Saturday June 15 from 1-6 PM, Sunday June 16 from 1-4 PM, Friday June 21 from 4-7 PM, Saturday June 22 from 1-6 PM, Sunday June 23 from 1-4 PM, Friday June 28 from 4-7 PM, Saturday June 29 from 1-6 PM, and Sunday June 30 from 1-4 PM.


June 7
June 30
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