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Anna Dvorak PA I N T I N G S CURRENT WORK


artist statement

My work reflects inspirations drawn from the natural world, from rock formations of major rift zones to landscapes of the western plains - and utilizes an intellectual, technical and emotional process that moves from representation toward abstraction. Throughout this process, my intention is to expose an impression of nature, generated by a response to the forces behind the natural landscapes left behind after dramatic geological change. The original inspiration of these landscapes - what is visible on the surface - suggests at the energy and phenomena that occurred under the surface but has come to rest, appearing immutable and quiet. Spending time immersed in these landscapes has taught me how the natural phenomena mirrors the experience of being human. As we are constantly shifting emotional and spiritual beings, the surface of our appearance reveals little of the changing terrain underneath the surface as we explore what it means to be alive. Technically, the paintings are created by staining unprimed raw canvas with layers of fluid acrylic paint applied in extremely liquid form. The painting surface is slowly built up over weeks, where the fluid and unpredictable colors interact and intersect. The result is a richly colored, layered and subtly textured surface, which hints at the initial watercolor studies, but gains a depth and intensity from the stratum of pigments. During observation and distillation, the abstracted images take their direction and structure from nature and retain their most vital characteristics in an essential way, reflecting through the process the unpredictable quality of nature - and being - itself.


recent paintings


Kansas series

Kansas acrylic and ink on canvas 42x56� 2016


Kansas 2 acrylic and ink on canvas 42x56� 2016


Kansas 3 acrylic and ink on canvas 11x16� 2016


Kansas 4 acrylic and ink on canvas 22x24� 2016


Kansas 5 acrylic and ink on canvas 22x25� 2016


Kansas 15 Acrylic and ink on canvas 22x24� 2016


Kansas 8 Acrylic and ink on canvas 20x23� 2016


Kansas 12 Acrylic and ink on canvas 20x23� 2016


Kansas 17 Acrylic and ink on canvas 21x23� 2016


element series

Wind-Water acrylic and ink on canvas 45x64� 2016


Wind-Water 2 acrylic and ink on canvas 48x60� 2016


Wind-Water 3 acrylic and ink on canvas 54x64� 2016


Wind-Water 4 acrylic and ink on canvas 38x33� 2016


Earth-Water (Sand) II acrylic and ink on canvas 30x50� 2015


Earth-Water III acrylic and ink on canvas 42x36� 2015


Earth-Water acrylic and ink on canvas 35x46� 2015


Earth-Water (ice) III acrylic and ink on canvas 26x18� 2015


Earth-Water (sand) IV acrylic and ink on canvas 33x24� 2015


Earth-Water (sand) acrylic and ink on canvas 38x55� 2015


Water-Earth (ice) acrylic and ink on canvas 40x66� 2013-2015


Water-Earth II acrylic and ink on canvas 53x56� 2015


Water-Earth IV acrylic and ink on canvas 16x24� 2015


Water-Earth III acrylic and ink on canvas 18x15� 2015


Water-Earth V acrylic and ink on canvas 10x10” 2015

Water-Earth VI acrylic and ink on canvas 10x10” 2015


FireAir acrylic and ink on canvas 30x36� 2014


FireAirWater acrylic and ink on canvas 30x36� 2014


WindAir acrylic and ink on canvas 18x26� 2014


Still Air acrylic and ink on canvas 18x26� 2014


AirEarth acrylic and ink on canvas 12x12� 2014


cuba series

Havana I acrylic and ink on canvas 25x30� 2015


Havana II acrylic and ink on canvas 25x30� 2015


Havana III acrylic and ink on canvas 24x26� 2015


Havana IV acrylic and ink on canvas 26x24� 2015


Vedado acrylic and ink on canvas 30x46� 2015


Viñales acrylic and ink on canvas 28x26” 2015


Education B.A. College of St. Catherine, Saint Paul, MN; art Art Students League, New York City, NY; drawing and painting Exhibitions 2015 Michael Warren Contemporary, Denver CO, solo show 2014 Michael Warren Contemporary, Denver CO, group show 2012 Space Gallery, CO 12x12” group show 2009 Denver International Airport, CO, Art of the Dunes show 2009 Space Gallery, Denver, CO, three-person show 2008 Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO, group show 2008 Space Gallery, Denver, CO, two-person show 2007 Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, University of St Catherine, MN, solo show 2007 Joan of Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, solo show 2006 Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis MN, three-person show 2006 Arvada Center, Arvada CO, invitational group show 2006 Space Gallery, Denver CO, Nature’s Rhythm: three-person show 2005 Arvada Center, Arvada CO, invitational group show 2005 Gallery 360º, Minneapolis MN, rotating exhibition 2004 Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis MN, group show 2004 Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis MN, three-person show 2004 Minneapolis City Hall, Minneapolis MN 2004 Gallery 360º, Minneapolis MN, rotating exhibition 2004 Gallery 360º, Minneapolis MN, “5 foot show” 2003 Crema Cafe, Minneapolis MN, two-person show 2003 Affinity Credit Union, Minaneapolis MN, solo show 2003 Gallery 360º, Minneapolis MN, rotating exhibition 2001 Crema Cafe, Minneapolis MN, solo show 2001 Art Students League, NYC, group show, drawings 2001 Art Students League, NYC, group show, paintings 2000 Art Students League, NYC, group show, drawings 2000 Art Students League, NYC, group show, paintings 1998 Cooks of Crocus Hill, Saint Paul MN, group show 1991 College of St. Catherine, Saint Paul MN, B.A. graduation solo show


Collections Private collections


We really just love art - we enjoy seeing art and we enjoy living with art. At Michael Warren Contemporary, we showcase contemporary artwork that speaks to us personally. We present colorful abstract and figurative work alongside contemplative sculpture, installations, works on paper and photography with particular emphasis on materials and process. Come on in to the gallery and enjoy the shows. If you are in the market, let us try to help you find the artwork that you love. If we don’t have what you like, our team of ArtLook consultants will be happy to help. We are honored to work with talented artists from around the country and thrilled to have the opportunity to share our love of art with the community. Mike & Warren Michael Warren Contemporary 760 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204 303.635.6255 www.michaelwarrencontemporary.com


Anna Dvorak