“I always saw art as my legacy,” says Michael Gadlin, a Park Hill native who attended East High School (one of his pieces is now in the school’s permanent collection), studied and taught for years at the Art Students League, once owned a gallery in Denver and even hosted the Denver Channel 8 show “ArtScene.”
“I love tackling things—I think it’s an artist’s responsibility,” says Gadlin, who attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and was the youngest artist to win Best of Show at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The cerebral artist, whose works include a public art installation that hangs in Denver’s District 2 Police Station, now shows at the Space Gallery on Santa Fe Drive, and has been invited to display his work around the world, from Japan to France to South Africa. “I paint my feelings and my emotions, and I always feel I have something to say,” he says. “Ultimately, every piece an artist creates is a self-portrait; it really reflects so much of you.”
We visited Gadlin at his roomy studio in the RiNo district, where his huge paintings are as dreamlike as they are thought-provoking.
By: Alison Gwinn