Communication + Arts

I have a solo show located at the CU South Denver campus. The show features work that represents my ongoing interest in technology and the art of communicating visually. The show is hung chronologically, beginning with early work using egg tempera and oil paint, which were created while I was a student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

The illustrations that I created in the early part of my career include book covers, posters and magazine covers and consist of oil paintings with the occasional use of gold leaf. Many of the works on view have never been shown before including a cover for Time magazine and a portrait of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith based on Van Eyck’s Arnolfini portrait.

Later work includes digital illustration, digital encaustic paintings and objects that combine the use of digital video and 3D printing. I wanted to create a show that encompassed all of my work. At first, it may seem odd that old-master style paintings would now be programming and making interactive installations. But, I think all of the work shows an interest in technology, old and new. And my interest in drawing the viewer in, trying to provide an experience that is unreal, but real at the same time.


An installation of recent work at Ironton Studios. Work include 3D lenticular prints and an interactive room-sized installation – Hail vs. Tomatoes.


In April of 2011 I had a solo show, Uncategorized, open at Ironton Gallery in Denver. Ironton is well known in the Denver area for presenting experimental work and this installation was chosen by a jury of Ironton Studio artists as one of only 5 non-member artists invited to show in their space each year. Art critic Kyle MacMillan had this to say about the show in the the Denver Post:

“In his tech-driven, boundary-blurring art, Bryan Leister creates hermetic, contemplative worlds which draw inspiration from nature yet, ironically, are manufactured and artificial.

In “Uncategorized,” an exhibition at the Ironton Gallery, 3636 Chestnut Place, the highly accomplished illustrator- turned-artist explores a range of imaging technologies.

In the most attention-grabbing of the seven offerings, “intervention [0],” he uses video- game technology to create an interactive work in which a pair of pincers, hovering above a kind of petri dish, shift according to the movements of viewers in front of it.”

The artificially natural art of Bryan Leister blurs borders
Denver Post, April 22, 2011

For the exhibition, which consisted of an installation covering the entire gallery I showed a collection of work including in transit, the exolith series of prints and a new interactive work called intervention[0].

in transit


in transit, an installation at UICA exploring the landscape and representation from June 11 through August 6. Above is a screen shot of the interactive projection that is part of the installation. The work combines single channel projection animation, 5-channel sound, 3D printed sculptures and original drawings. The concept revolves around explorations of the Colorado landscape and interest in depicting layers of representation to the viewer.