The recent government shutdown brings to light artist Topher Straus' unconventional and individualistic landscapes of America's national park system. This is a prudent time to unveil these colorful panoramas, as the federal government continues to undermine the importance of nature preservation. Straus uses a playful style in these breathtaking 30" x 60" dye sublimation aluminum prints that rekindles the wonder and bliss within all of us.
Straus is Denver-born and New York-trained. His art has been featured in multiple galleries and is sold worldwide to a variety of collectors. "I want to inspire people to go outside and get in touch with the beautiful landscapes that surround us everyday. Whether that be in Rocky Mountain National Park or a rural town in Eastern Colorado, all places have scenery to observe and absorb," says Straus. Topher spends most of his time in the Rocky Mountains, trekking and exploring landscapes to inspire his next painting. His work is described as abstract representations of reality that transcend the status quo with rhythmic color combinations. He utilizes his experience in filmmaking to frame his pieces. Each frame represents a clear understanding of composition and mise en scène.
"The Parks" series captures ten National Parks, including: Rocky Mountain National Park, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite National Park—all of which are currently closed. Straus exclaims, "I don't care if you're a republican or a democrat, our national parks system should not be shutdown for political differences. Nature surpasses political alignment."
The Niza Knoll Gallery—located in Denver at 915 Santa Fe Drive—will exhibit Straus' "The Parks" series January 11th through February 16, 2019. People of all ages are welcome .
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