RON HARRIS (b. 1961, Denver, Colorado)â€¨Lives and works in Denverâ€¨ron@KathyTrageserGallery.net | http://www.KathyTrageserGallery.net | 303.731.9611 EDUCATION University of Utah, Master of Fine Arts, 1986â€¨University of Northern Colorado, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1984 SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2000 Â Up In The Trees, East End Gallery, Dallas â€¨ 2001 Up In The Trees, Paramount Pictures Dining Room, Hollywood â€¨ 2015 Ron Harris Art Show, Private Showing, Littleton, CO 2016 Ron Harris Art Show, Private Showing, Littleton, CO GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2002 Up In The Trees, Soho Gallery, Studio City, CA ART FESTIVALS 2016 ArtStir Denver, CO COLLECTIONS Private Collection, Woodlands, TX Private Collection, Encino, CAâ€¨Private Collection, Centennial, COâ€¨Private Collection, Highlands Ranch, CO Private Collection, Dallas, TX
I’ve always felt the need to explain the sense that there is a larger force at work in the universe. Painting didn’t come to me as a desire to create at first, but as an exploration of color as a tool in theatrical presentation. My first efforts were less than representational and more expressionistic color patterns. The evolution to more realistic imagery always limited the standard contexts of subject, foreground, background, etc – to direct identification of the specific item: river, tree, or flower.
We have a prolific rose garden at our home in SW Denver. Almost daily throughout the summer my wife cuts off the spent roses and places them in a basket, awaiting disposal into the trash can. Many times I would see the remnants and wish I could preserve the final bouquet, which was so valiant in this simple, concentrated context. Out of these moments began the inspiration for the Deadhead series. Not a great name, but a true recognition of the continuing isolation of colors and patterns from realistic elements. I hope to carry forward this choice to utilize strong images, refined to their essence, bringing forth an art which is sublime and accessible.