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This original oil painting by artist Christopher Clark is of the giant blue horse statue outside the Denver International Airport (DIA). The locals seem to have a love-hate relationship with the aptly nicknamed "Blucifer" statue: some love it, and some hate it. It seems that the Denver residents who lived here long before the statue was installed are the ones who dislike it the most, and the newer arrivals enjoy it a bit more. It seems it would bring to mind the city's obsession with the local NFL team the Denver Broncos, but the glowing red eyes and general demonic disposition of this fellow leave one feeling a tad perplexed. Regardless of the mixed feelings on this eery blue bronco, it has become an icon of Denver, being one of the first sights to welcome visitors at the DIA.

If the statue isn't strange enough, the history of it makes it even moreso. While still being created, a section of the bloodthirsty bronco actually fell on and killed its artist, Luis Jiménez, severing an artery in his leg. His sons finished the sculpture and it was successfully installed in 2008 to mixed reviews. Many Denver residents have even petitioned to have it removed, but it's unlikely that Blucifer will be going away any time soon.

As part of my journey capturing the beautiful city of Denver in oil paint, I felt it necessary to include this astonishing icon as well. Though I have to admit, strangely, that while painting this intimidating and beautiful beast, at one point the canvas came loose from the easel and… fell on me. I escaped with just a little paint on my arm and I lived to tell the tale, but it's apparent that the spirit of the Blue Bronco reaches far and wide.

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About Christopher Clark

Denver, CO

Christopher Clark specializes in oil paintings of many subjects: romance, dancing, music, Italy, animals, and cityscapes. His impressionist style is compelled by bold brushwork, brilliant colors, and a luminous sense of light.

Christopher Clark has studied art his entire life, ever since he was a boy watching Bob Ross painting shows on TV (that wacky guy with the afro painting "happy little trees"). His art studies and travels have taken him all over the world in pursuit of culture, art knowledge, and painting subjects.

Christopher's favorite subject to paint is light itself, meaning anything becomes a beautiful subject if the light is stunning. Christopher's paintings are collected all over the world, and he is available for commissions of all kinds.

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