Amazing oil portraits by LA artist Aaron Smith. See more of his work and a video that captures his process HERE
I’m discovering lots of great interviews with Southern California artists and want to share them with you. This is from Saatchi online and features the amazing collages by Laurie Raskin. View it HERE
I saw this print at the LA Art Book Fair in Feb and it really spoke to me. Loved the design/color/intent.
Synopsis: This 9-color silkscreen print is a Printed Matter fundraising edition. All proceeds from the sale of the edition will help keep the LA Art Book Fair free and open to the public. New York-based painter and printmaker Andrew Kuo has produced a color-coded chart entitled “Reasons to Move to L.A.” Using precisely measured blocks of color and geometric shapes, Kuo attempts to create metric visualizations of bittersweet experiences such as insomnia or longing. “Reasons to Move to New York” represents the proposition as a series of fanned rectangles, in one direction indicating “NY now and forever!” and in the other, “I’m packing my bags.” Kuo considers the advantages of a Los Angeles lifestyle and the drawbacks of leaving New York. His reasoning is color-coded, with pro-New York statements approaching pink, and pro-L.A. statements approaching orange. Ambivalence, confusion or uncertainty creates color-mixing and disruptions in the spectrum. Here are Kuo’s Reasons – try to color-code them yourself and see if you’re persuaded:
“”Triangular slices of bread with red sauce and melted stretchy cheese on top; The Los Angeles Lakers; I’ve been told the Internet is a kinder, more righteous place near a beach; Finally spending time with Moby Dick (the audio version) while idling in traffic; I wouldn’t have to avoid unsavory people at supermarkets who I told I was in LA; The Los Angeles Clippers; If humans were meant to live in cold weather, we’d be covered in fur or hibernating; The thought of spending my whole life here, and never leaving is _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _; Two of the three people I miss the most.”
This looks like a fun show at a newish gallery, Co-Lab Gallery on Wilshire near Western. They feature local artists at very reasonable prices. I purchased my Audrey Studebaker Venice street scenes from this gallery.
Hey arty friends in LA…if you have time this Sat my former teacher and amazing artist Julio Panisello is having a one day only show at The Velaslavasay Panorama. His work is amazing and if you’ve never seen the Velaslavasay Panorama you are in for a treat (it’s considered one of the most offbeat/strange/feral installations/museums/wtf in LA)
My friend, Emmanuel Galvez has his first gallery show this month at the Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica. I met Emmanuel in our oil painting class at Santa Monica College and we became good friends and even though he is many, many years younger than me he has years of fine arts education and gladly shared it with me.
Info on the show:
Dan McCleary brings the formal sensibilities of Piero della Francesca to the everyday moments of life in Los Angeles. A native of Southern California, McCleary notes that L.A. “feels weightless and devoid of formal rituals. It has no center. Its inhabitants find their own center through daily rituals like driving shopping, eating out and seeing movies.” Although his paintings depict people in seemingly mundane situations, these moments are constructed with the care and grace of an artist with keen observation skills and an awareness of the subtle interaction of form and color. All of the work in this exhibition was painted from life, using sets built in his studio. The new work includes a painting entitled Manicure, which preserves a fleeting moment of quiet intimacy between two women that would otherwise go unnoticed.
In addition to his artistic practice, Dan McCleary is the founder of Art Division, an after school arts program for young adults in the Rampart District of L.A. Among the several talented artists involved in this program, Craig Krull Gallery is pleased to present the work of Javier Carrillo and Emmanuel Galvez.
A former student, Javier Carrillo now runs the printmaking program at Art Division. He notes that his paintings depict close friends, family members and his own life experiences. The images take the form of the playing cards used in a Latin American game of chance that is similar to Bingo, entitled La Lotería. As Carrillo states, “I grew up with the game and loved playing it. Each painting has its own story based on struggles encountered when crossing the border.”
Like his mentor Dan McCleary, Emmanuel Galvez paints his subjects from life. His small still-lifes entitled Pan Dulce, depict the unique color, textures and shapes of traditional Mexican bakery goods. As Galvez recalls, “I grew up eating them…each bread has a different story…I also discovered that the baking techniques were originally learned from the French.” Galvez’s cookies, breads and cakes sit on solid colored backgrounds complete with delicately painted crumbs. He is now an instructor at Heart of Los Angeles, an after-school program for underserved and at-risk youth.