The Gallery 4 presents "Ghost Feeding Arena" Recent Works by Leslie Minnis

"Ghost Feeding Arena"opens Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 and runs through Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will take place Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8PM .

The Gallery 4 is pleased to welcome Leslie Minnis. Minnis, a Denver, Colorado native; received a bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Colorado and has worked for well over a decade in the video game industry as a concept artist in the United States and abroad. Her illustrations have been included in a number of books. Some notable examples have appeared in David Freeman’s "Creating Emotion in Games", Eric Cagle’s "Star Wars: Ultimate Adversaries", and a Monster Manual for prominent fantasy gaming publisher, Wizards of the Coast. Minnis also contributed fine art and design work to "Bad Bad", a contemporary poetry collection by Chelsey Minnis. Recently, Leslie was one of a select few illustrators to work with fashion model “Zombie Boy” for virtual fashion show during New York Fashion Week.

After several years of applying her talents to strengthen game development projects; it seemed essential for Leslie to get back to the roots of fine art where her ideas and energy could flourish naturally. In 2008, Minnis presented her oil paintings in her first solo show at Andenken Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Her personal expression galvanized, Minnis continues with a new endeavor: a multi-layered psychological thriller in the form of an independent graphic novel project, Echoroad. The comic, as a direct form of storytelling, and her illustrious, detail-rich paintings(which feature props, furnitures, costumes, and sculptures created by the artist); concurrently reflect themes of identity, the unconscious, monstrosity, object relations, dreams and the surreal. Leslie's works are distinguished in their exposition of mythological and archetypal imagery through which she posits a personal voice to a collective experience. Minnis has scaled her paintings at a larger format to encourage accessibility and exploration to the viewer.

Leslie Minnis, on her works:

"The oil paintings featured in Ghost Feeding Arena are painted from sets built with painted objects constructed from found scraps of wood and fabric. Each painting is meant to tell a story through objects, while reflecting an everyday situation such as a room in a house. They are intended to act as meditations and mnemonic devices to navigate important, yet easily neglected barriers that prevent achieving a more authentic self." 

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The Gallery 4 is committed to redefining the nature of a conventional gallery. We feature works from a variety of national artists and local talent. We also carry a variety of limited edition toys and clothing. Fine art should be within the reach of everyone, and at The Gallery 4 we are making this a reality.

Select props and objects from "Ghost Feeding Arena"

Select oil painting vignettes from "Ghost Feeding Arena"

Select Images from Ghost Feeding Arena:

"Belly of the Beast"

"Eye Shot"

"Dead Sea March"

"Ambiguous map"

"Heart Purse"

"Work and Play"

 

"Bed Friend Defender"

"Gracelegg"