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Departing gallery director Kenny Riches names 25 local artists who should be on your radar.

By Kenny Riches
Posted // February 1,2008 -

Tyrone Davies
The brave and the few
The contemporary art scene here in Salt Lake City is led by a small army of progressive artists, one of whom is Tyrone Davies. His dedication to experimental film goes far beyond just the work he produces. He also organizes a monthly showcase of experimental films called “Out/Ex,” screening every third Saturday at Nobrow Coffee.

Cara Despain Dinosaurs vs. The Entire Universe
Cara Despain, who writes occasionally for City Weekly, makes paintings as adventurous as her life. Climbing trees and watching evening skies spill out of her reality and into her artwork. Self-portraits as jackalopes, dinosaurs and goats are often in the foreground of these illustrative narratives.

Stefanie Dykes Fantastic fancy
The other hand, in Salt Lake City’s sweetest print studio, Saltgrass, Stefanie Dykes makes prints as bold and deliberate as she is. They read almost like fairytale fragments—delicately gothic and whimsical. Mostly black and white, the prints are clean, concise and classical.

Wynter Jones The skeleton of memory
Complex in subject and execution, Wynter Jones makes paintings to explore a past and present self. Her thoughts on religion and feminism are expressed through her work in a beautifully obscure and dark way giving her work an edge that has garnered much attention in a conservative climate.

Lenka Konopasek Captive moments
There’s a fine line, a particular moment of calm beauty between action and impending destruction. Lenka Konopasek successfully captures these moments and suspends them—trapping them in paint and leaving viewers hooked on what happens next. From bull riders to airstrikes, the works are brushed, blurry and affective.

Steve Larson Not my rooftop
Best known for his cityscape paintings from rooftops to buildings below, Steve Larson’s work is drawing, splashing, scraping, brushing and maybe even screaming. The first work of his I was introduced to was a series of monotype prints made not with a press but by running over the plate and paper with his car. Enough said, enjoy.

Tessa Lindsey With elegance
From fresco painting to delicate watercolors, Tessa Lindsey is a well of knowledge from materials to technique. Decadent interiors with Victorian wallpaper and furniture speak not only of her recent interests but also of the quality of the glamorous materials she employs.

Jason Metcalf Honeycomb to the beehive state
Jason Metcalf is young and eager. His work has repetitive elements, such as honeycombs and medical crosses combined to make wasteland landscapes. Upon returning from his adventures in Boston and New York, Metcalf is already booking exhibits for the next year. This motivation, coupled with strong work, should bring worthy attention from Salt Lake City patrons.

Jayne-Anne Mulholland Some chemistry involved
Giant, shiny, pocked and blistering, Jayne-Anne Muholland’s paintings much resemble a science experiment conducted with paint. Color, glazes, and puckering reactionary patterns cover her canvasses like lichen. They are lovely, organic and selling like hotcakes.

Brian Patterson Dissolving reality
Influenced by German painters and video art, Brian Patterson constructs strange disintegrating scenes that appear much like painted collages of figures disappearing. Tense and intriguing, his work has a certain professionalism that sets him apart from the crowd. I anticipate increased collection of his work in the next few years and foresee great progression for Patterson as well.

David Ruhlman An audience worth watching
With a folky outsider art style, David Ruhlman’s paintings are often characters in repetition. Whether it be as crowded as an ant pile or as simple as a mirrored image of Jesus, his work seems eerily personal and wonderfully magical. Beyond his paintings, Ruhlman has proved himself further as an exceptional artist with his installation work, giving an even more in-depth look into this talented artist.
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