Hunter-Wolff Gallery is pleased to introduce one of Colorado Springs best story tellers, Liese Chavez, who doesn't use words but uses her paint brush. For those not familiar with surrealism, take a few moments to explore Liese’s collection and enjoy her personal universe of narrative surrealism. “Doe-eyed women with gossamer skin stare into your soul from her canvases. And they’re all doing impossible, improbable things…a blond woman in platform heels walking her warthog-like pet…a dark-haired woman standing aboard a ship while she conjures an ominous storm with her violin playing.” This is what collectors especially love about what Liese does best — she tells stories through the depiction of the implausible and far-fetched. Successful surrealist artists, like Liese Chavez, channel the unconscious in order to unlock their creativity and imagination.
Liese tells us that she has always been drawn to artwork that tells a human story. Fairytale, fable, myth, legend, and images that give a glimpse of what it means to be alive and full of emotion have fascinated her since childhood. “These types of visuals cross language barriers and show us a reflection of who we are inside.” Because of this passion, her work is best described as Narrative Surrealism. Her paintings tell a visual story, sometimes humorous, sometimes unsettling, but always with a dream-like quality that draws you into strange and beautiful worlds with an emphasis on provoking intellectual and emotional responses.
It’s easy to see she delights in depicting the resiliency and tenacity of the human spirit. Her subjects are often females finding strength or humor in a less than ideal world. These themes are designed to remind viewers of their potential strength or courage in difficult times, while helping to keep a sense of humor when things just don't go as planned.
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