New Work by Aaron Pickens Unveiled!

Artist debuts seven additional paintings at 20 North Gallery’s Toy Stories Opening Reception

“Plein Air Play” Oil on panel by Aaron Pickens, 2019

On Friday, January 11, 2019 Aaron Pickens debuts seven never-before-seen paintings created specifically for his Toy Stories solo exhibit at the show’s opening reception from 6 – 9 p.m.

Click to view the 2nd edition Toy Stories exhibition catalogue, updated to include new work, with artist info and commentary.

Bright and whimsical, arcane and nostalgic, meticulously composed and deeply symbolic, Pickens’ paintings of toy tableaux are dedicated observations that interpret the creative act of child’s play through the adult lens of consequence and social justice—sometimes nonsensical, sometimes disturbing and, somehow, always fun.

In celebration of the unveiling, 20 North Gallery invites friends and collectors to explore the creative side of play at their “interactive”  Toy Stories opening event, stating that, “It will be more fun than a barrel full of monkeys!”

Who ever said great art had to be so serious?

"Dawn of the Donut" Oil on panel by Aaron Pickens
“Dawn of the Donut” Oil on panel by Aaron Pickens, 2015

The exhibit continues through March 30.

20 North Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, Noon  –  4 p.m.
Or by Appointment

Click here to view the 2nd edition Toy Stories exhibition catalogue, updated to include new work and containing art images of the full exhibit with artist information.

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