By Raymundo Muñoz

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Opening this weekend at Mike Wright Gallery in LoDo is a solo exhibition by international artist Valerio D’Ospina, and it’s a smart fit for the space given its stylish and urban contemporary leanings. Italian and Manhattan city scapes comprise much of the works on display for “Transient Glance,” though, this classically trained oil painter dedicates a few pieces to Denver’s own downtown thoroughfares. Architectural landscapes aren’t for everyone — so many seem either exacting but dull, or impressionistic yet messy. D’Ospina strikes a healthy balance: while he shows much respect to form and realism in his paintings, it’s the bustling nature of loud and lively city streets that really drives his work, sometimes at near-breakneck speed. As wild as his brush strokes can seem at times, though, they’re quite controlled and appropriate for the hard lines that inspire him. “Transient Glance” opens Friday March 4 and runs through April 16. Artist will be in attendance at opening reception. Images provided by Mike Wright Gallery. For more information, please visit: mikewrightgallery.com    

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