Current and Past Exhibitions and Events

Ralph Wolfe Cowan: Selections from a Blue Chip Master Painter

Exhibition Dates: 7 May–30 July 2010

Opening Reception: Third Friday, 21 May 2010, 6p–10p

Live Podcast Interview on The Untitled Art Show: Wednesday, 21 July 2010, 8p

Artist Reception: Fourth Friday, 23 July 2010, 6p–10p

Special Engagement: Let's celebrate with a rare engagement from master painter Ralph Wolfe Cowan of West Palm Beach, Florida. Often called a "Blue Chip" master painter, Cowan began his painting career in childhood and has well-known accolades as a "Celebrity Portrait Painter" who has had an extensive career painting on private commission from true Royals and celebrities from around the world. Cowan is recognized by The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery as the only painter Elvis ever commissioned for a portrait. Cowan states, "My aim is to reflect contemporary man's ultimate desire for self-expression and living on the edge."

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In the selection of paintings on display, VERTIGO shows the variety of trademark styles Ralph Wolfe Cowan has created throughout the decades of his illustrious painting career.

More About Ralph Wolfe Cowan

  • Many people have seen Cowan's work in some form or another, but few have realized it. Just after Michael Jackson's passing, his painting of Michael went ballistic through the worldwide media: Newsweek, "Oprah," "Forbes Profile of Michael Jackson", and more.
  • Cowan has been featured on numerous international news and talk shows including "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," "To Tell the Truth," "Entertainment Tonight," "Texas Today," and several Japanese programs and Middle-Eastern shows.
  • Cowan was the only painter that Elvis ever commissioned for a portrait, and millions of people have seen his full-length painting of Elvis in the white jumpsuit hanging in Graceland, which is also the only portrait Elvis ever allowed to hang in Graceland.
  • One of Cowan's paintings of Elvis is the featured painting for the "One Life: Echoes of Elvis" exhibition currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. During Elvis' 75th birthday, that painting was published worldwide, even in China, Kuwait, and the Czech Republic. Visit the facetoface blog of the National Portrait Gallery where you can listen to an interview of Cowan by “One Life: Echoes of Elvis” curator Warren Perry.
  • Cowan was named the number one portrait painter in the world in a 2009 lecture by one of the curators at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
  • He has painted six portraits of Johnny Mathis which were all used for album covers.
  • Even Nancy Sinatra used the one her father Frank commissioned in 1967 on her recent album cover.
  • Nearly every article published on Monaco since 1956 has shown his now legendary portrait of H.S.H. Princess Grace. Anyone touring the Monaco Palace will see his 1981 portrait of the entire family hanging in the Throne Room.

See more of Ralph Wolfe Cowan's work at his personal Web site.

Press Coverage

Read an interview with Ralph by Nicole Pasulka of The Morning News. Read a commentary on the exhibition by Gene Davis of The Denver Daily News.

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A Something Or Other That Has No Name In Any Language

Heads of Hydra, a photographers' collective. Curated by Richard Peterson.

Exhibition Dates: 5 March–30 April 2010

Opening Reception: Third Friday, 19 March 2010, 6p–10p

Closing Reception: Third Friday, 16 April 2010, 6p–10p

In pursuit of Chance Elements and Unknown Pleasures, Heads of Hydra is:
This exhibition is based loosely on a 19th century French Symbolist writer's pursuit of the Unknown, Arthur Rimbaud. Instead of the usual scenario in which images are created to illuminate writing, poet Carson Reed summoned new words from a chance sequence of images. Carson's poetry, The Space that Binds Us (is also between us), was posted next to the images and became an integral part of the exhibition. Carson read his poetry at the artists' receptions on 19 March 2010 and 16 April 2010.
"The Poet makes himself a SEER by a long, immense, and reasoned DERANGEMENT OF ALL THE SENSES. All forms of love, suffering, and madness; he explores himself, he tries out all the poisons on himself and keeps only their quintessences. Unspeakable torture where he really needs faith, all the superhuman strength there is, where he becomes in the midst of everyone else the great sick man, the great criminal, the great condemned — and the supreme Knower! — since he has reached the UNKNOWN!" –Arthur Rimbaud

Press Coverage

Listen to Richard Peterson discuss the exhibition as the featured guest on The Untitled Art Show. Read a review of the exhibition by Greg Cradick of Eye on Photography.

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EMERGING 4

Exhibition Dates: January 15–February 27, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, January 15, 6-9 pm
Closing Reception: Friday, February 19, 6-9 pm
Featuring: Tyler Beard, Ben Dayton, Linda Lopez, Austin Parkhill, Alex Perrine, Lindsay Pichaske, and Allie Pohl


"Reine", 54x54 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 2010 / Austin Parkhill


Lindsay Pichaske


Linda Lopez


"Bears" / Tyler Beard


Ben Dayton


"Female" (small) / Alex Perrine


"Ideal Woman: Astroturf A and B" / Allie Pohl

Curated by Robert D. Garner (who is also an emerging artist), the fourth annual Emerging Artist Show at VERTIGO features the talents of Tyler Beard, Benjamin Dayton, Linda Lopez, Austin Parkhill, Alexander Perrine, Lindsay Pichaske, and Allie Pohl. I am really looking forward to this one — it has been a big challenge and there is a very interesting connection that runs through the work.

Press Coverage

Read a review of this exhibition by Denver Post Fine Arts Critic, Kyle MacMillan. The Signtologist commented on the exhibition and has additional photos of the work.
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