Portrait Gallery: Aaron Acker

Aaron Acker, 27, enjoys creating oil “very realistic” paintings along the lines of Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. Acker’s website is aaronacker.com.

Don’t let your eyes deceive you. Aaron Acker is a serious artist.

Only 27 and self-taught, except for the old Bob Ross videos Acker grew up watching and sometimes still listens to, Acker loves painting “very realistic” oil paintings along the lines of Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt.

Admittedly, he has much different tastes than other young artists he knows, who prefer contemporary, abstract work.

“Oil requires a certain level of technical ability that I enjoy,” Acker said. “With oils, there is a sense of history behind it. It’s been around forever.”

Acker’s interest in art began when he was a young child, but he thought he’d do something in the military or in computers until he took art at Fruita Monument High School.

It morphed into a passion outside school. He was most inspired by Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani.

“I started teaching private lessons at 16,” Acker said. He still teaches, and is still learning new ways of painting by reading books and researching art history.

Acker is drawn to the splendor of the simplistic style of the Renaissance period, particularly in the portraits, but he also paints landscapes, flowers and other pieces in a clean style.

“With my artwork based so much on love and romance, portraits are the simplest things in the world to get that emotion across, but they are the hardest to paint,” Acker said.

Although Acker has lived in Mesa County most of his life, he rarely shows his work locally. Instead, he maintains a website, aaronacker.com, and often travels to shows in Denver, where there has been more interested in his paintings, he said.

“I was in my first art show at 4 1/2,” Acker said. “I didn’t win anything but one of the jurors left a note to my mom telling her to supply me with art supplies.”


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