Alyson Khan

Alyson Khan

Denver, CO, United States

About Alyson Khan

My work is about the suspension of reason or rationality as one might experience in ceremony, dance, or theatrics—an agreement to open one’s self to transcendence, the realization of fantasy, the acceptance of the tragic, absurd or paradoxical. Often aided by costume, mask, or symbols, these states of mind allow us to edge closer to a shared soulspeak, and in doing so we are changed and healed.

My paintings include hints of two-dimensional icons, stained glass windows, ceremonial objects, carnivalesque paraphernalia, dressmaker pattern pieces, and carefully designed altars. A final piece may resemble a long built-upon place of gathering, a strange alchemical device, a crude vessel, a protector, a fortune teller, or a shamanic robe--all of which shepherd the process of transformation.

I am further inspired by the decadence of Art Deco; the hope and efficiency of Mid-Century aesthetics; the joining of texture, light and comfort in interior design; the riotous maximalism in haute couture; the rawness of tribal mark making; and the implied doorway to the unseen in esoteric symbology. All of these influences are cradled in deep investigations into color, particularly its role as a visual phenomenon and catalyst for sparking feeling and narrative.


University of Colorado, Denver
Art Students League of Denver
Crestone Healing Arts Center, Crestone CO


Cristina Grajales Gallery (NYC)
Space Gallery (Denver, CO)
Moberg Gallery (Des Moines, IA)


UPCOMING: August 2021 @ Space Gallery (Denver, CO)
Selected Exhibitions
Moberg Gallery
Cristina Grajales Gallery (NYC)
Space Gallery - Beyond the Framework - Denver, CO

The Art Project, Denver, CO
Denver Designer Showhouse, Denver, CO
Amsterdam Kimpton - "Corridors" project
Artwork Network - "Entice" Group Show, Denver, CO
Denver Designer Show House, Denver, CO
Space Gallery - 11 Year Retrospective Group Show, Denver, CO
New Denver Civic Theater Gallery - Light & Milky*, Denver, CO
CORE - The Abstract Show (Juried Show), Denver, CO
Space Gallery - Aiming for the Seam, Denver, CO
Revoluciones Collective Art Space - Head Rest, Denver, CO
Rattlebrain Theater Gallery - Acts of Devotion*, Denver, CO
Chance Operations Gallery - (Group Show), Denver, CO
Space Gallery - Strung up after the Circus, Denver, CO
23rd Avenue Sculpture Gallery - Group Show, Denver, CO
Arts on Vine - New Visions Through Old Windows*, Denver, CO
Soulsciety Collective Art Space - Group Show, Denver, CO
Revoluciones Collective Art Space - Group Show, Denver, CO