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Painted Across the Day: Jarred De Palo, Najee Dread, and Ian Ferguson

10/05/2018 - 10/27/2018


Opening reception: October 5 (6 - 10 PM)


Join us at Alto Gallery Friday October 5 for the opening reception of Painted Across the Day, featuring works by Jarred De Palo a.k.a. Mr. Depalakua, Najee Dread, and Ian Ferguson a.k.a. Hydeon. 


Jarred De Palo’s creative process is a blend of urban street art mixed with fine art collage work and detailed with hand-cut paper to create exclusive compositions. His approach is to bring the streets into a gallery setting. His art is influenced by his geographical travels, graffiti, and the impact of situational experiences in his life.


Born in Brooklyn and raised in Maui, the love of the mountains and art brought him to Denver in 2004. Because of his natural creativity and eye for design, he decided to attend college and graduated top of his class at the Art Institute of Colorado with a degree in graphic design. Working as a freelance designer and meeting many of Denver’s talented artists, Jarred started curating art shows in 2005. Almost 10 years later it evolved into an online magazine called 1/1 Magazine (pronounced one of one) which he was the Founder/Publisher for 3 years. He currently curates art shows in Colorado at locations between Denver and Boulder.


Najee Dread is a Haitian artist and musician hailing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Assembled from found materials, Najee’s art and sculpture reflects Haiti’s vibrant culture and community. Born and raised in Haiti, Najee is a husband, father, intellectual, educator, and activist. A jack of all trades, Najee also plays and composes various styles of Haitian music. Najee plays bass in the band 2Rasin and records as a solo artist where he plays guitar, sings, raps, and produces.


Ian Ferguson (AKA Hydeon) is a contemporary artist and designer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He was born in 1985 in National City, CA and grew up in San Diego. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of California – San Diego in 2006.

Ferguson’s work is an expression of observations and visual memoirs from his life experience. The characters, architecture, and imagery used in his work are all conduits for telling stories and sharing ideas. Ferguson’s work is largely inspired by: ancient civilizations, baroque, gothic, and victorian era architectural movements, medieval, folk, and outsider art, ancient myths, fairy tales, and ideas of consciousness. His illustrative style and subjects form together in an effort to inspire introspection and employ aesthetic unity.

Ferguson has worked with clients such as Bergdorf Goodman, Oscar Niemeyer Museum (Brazil), The World Trade Center (NYC), Converse, Vans, RedBull, Flavor Paper, PBR, Sixpoint Brewery, and more. His work has been featured in VICE Media, Forbes Magazine, Hyperallergic, Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz, Create! Magazine, Tape OP, Time Out Chicago, and more. Ferguson has exhibited his work in cities throughout the United States and internationally.


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