By Scott Bailey

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When analyzed in its simplest form, isn’t most art really the calling to make something exceptional out of ordinary materials?  Aren’t artists of all mediums trying to spin straw into gold?  Case in point: this past week Denver’s own Shawn Huckins used his combination of classic painting skill and a brazen sense of humor to transform paint color swatches– the ultimate in banal substance material–into a hell of an art show.

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Blowing them up to be absurdly over-sized and adding hilarious human elements, the paintings are equal parts wit and aesthetic.  Probably the most brilliant part of the color swatches are the great hues and fact that it’s guaranteed you’ll be able to find a palette to match your taste.

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Included below are pictures from opening night at Boulder’s Art + Soul, one of the anchors of Boulder’s legendary Pearl Street Mall.  There is no end date given for the show, but the work is selling very quickly so don’t delay getting on the website or motoring over to  Art + Soul at 1615 Pearl St. in Boulder to check out the show.
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