Straus’ landscapes have a retro cubist quality, along with a dash of Yellow Submarine.
Topher’s work is very beautiful. It’s creative. It’s imaginative. It’s eye capturing. You can’t help but look at his work.
“Straus’ work is alarming with color, solid and vibrant. Each work, they first jump out at the viewer separately and then together in a cooperative relationship with one another. His subjects focus on everyday images, though envisioned through an abstract scope. Each piece seems familiar and in most cases, jarringly emotional.”
I contacted Topher and asked if he would be willing to create a work of art for me. It was wonderful and great fun working with him to create “Sea and Mist” for a very particular spot in my entry.
Straus’s large, landscape mountain parks are an abstracted look that suggests the very canyon walls and mountain peaks the center was built to extol.
“I was enthralled with Topher’s series of works inspired by the National Parks and approached him about a commission. We discussed his work, the pieces that resonated the most with me, and ultimately decided to create an original work based on a very special place to me in the Rockies of Colorado and in the style of The Parks. Topher reviewed a number of photographs and worked hard to ensure he understood my connection to the place, down to my favorite time of year and even time of day. He created a beautiful piece of original work that is the centerpiece of my living room remodel. In addition to being a very talented artist, he is a great professional. He listens and communicates effectively and works quickly but with all his heart. I greatly enjoyed the process and absolutely love the piece.”
When Topher Straus showed me his work I was taken with the exuberance and color of his paintings and the excitement of him talking about his work.A while later we opened with his first one person exhibition of THE PARKS. Collector came into the gallery to view and purchase Topher’s transcending paintings. Topher is easy work with and I look forward to our future exhibitions.