Jennifer Nehrbass recently shot us over a couple of images she took of work coming to life inside her studio out in New Mexico. Nehrbass is currently painting for a big year ahead including a solo show in Austria this summer, her 2-person show at Thinkspace alongside Aaron Nagel and a group show over in Australia. Although it’s not clear which of these shows the below painting will be featured in, we can say with utmost confidence that her new series of work will be well worth the wait.
A native of France, born of Italian parents, Liz Brizzi grew up in Los Angeles. She is inspired by urban themes and loves to portray the beauty she captures in the raw and industrial aspects of city life. Her individual mixed media technique begins with the manipulation of her original photography collaged onto an acrylic painted canvas, finally blended within layers and layers of colorful acrylic washes.
Her recent work utilizes various architectural details found in her photos to create more complex graphics, structures and imaginary landscapes, while using shapes reminiscent of street art found in the very same cities she photographs. She’s also widened the scope of the areas she explores in her imagery to the less explored industrial outskirts of Los Angeles. “I try to capture and share the beauty I see in these desolated and mysterious areas that are unknown to even some of the born and raised Angelenos…”.
“Her scenes seem like that moment when the sun starts to peak after a summer downpour.”– MyLoveForYou.com
I recently visited the Los Angeles studio of this French born artist as she prepares for ‘Torn and Tattered’ opening this coming March at Thinkspace. The new works are Brizzi’s most vibrant and visually arresting yet, her keen eye capturing the forlorn areas of our city which she in turn transforms into scenes that whisk viewers away to an all together different place, one filled with wonder and discovery. Below is a lil’ photographic recap of the studio visit and a glimpse at one of the finished gems she’ll be showing this March.
‘Torn and Tattered’ featuring new mixed-media works from:
Craig “Skibs” Barker grew up in Southern California during the early ‘80s in the midst of both the punk rock and surfing culture explosions. With a healthy dose of punk flyers, album covers, and surfing magazines buzzing through his head, Barker began making flyers and t-shirts for his friends and his own punk bands. Fast-forward to today; Barker’s most recent paintings infuse his long-standing love for painting and rendering the human female figure with his punk-fueled graphic design. Mixing different approaches, techniques, and mediums, he creates a sense of memory, personal history, and appreciation for the female form. Combining elements of pop culture, literary censorship, and a positive mental attitude, he creates layered scenes of voyeuristic mischief. Barker’s work explores the junctions between past and present, memory and imagination, fantasy and reality, while creating a dialog between image and viewer.
I recently visited the studio of this Costa Mesa based artist as he prepares for ‘Torn and Tattered’ opening this coming March at Thinkspace. We’re excited by the direction his work is taking and below is a lil’ photographic recap of the studio visit and a glimpse at one of the finished gems he’ll be showing this March.
‘Torn and Tattered’ featuring new mixed-media works from:
Kelly Vivanco is hard at work on her new series of works for ‘Springs To Mind’ opening this February at Thinkspace. Fans can look forward to over two dozen new works including her largest paintings to date. Having worked with Kelly for almost five years now, we have to say we’re very excited and honored to be debuting her largest body of work to date. She’ll be spending a couple of days adding her personal touch to our gallery as well with murals and more, so be sure to mark Feb. 5th on your calendar now.
Gallery favorite Anthony Clarkson is also working away on his new series of work for ‘A Time To Forget’. Anthony debuted on the gallery circuit in our 1st group show back in November of 2005 and over the past five years has sold just about every piece he’s painted (over 150 and counting). This new series is by far his strongest to date and is sure to please and surprise fans of his work, both new and old.
Had the pleasure of swinging by Audrey Kawasaki‘s home recently to take a look at the works for her upcoming debut NYC solo show set to take place at Jonathan LeVine Gallery this December. Audrey has already completed 15 beautiful new works for the show and will also be completing some drawings and smaller works in time for the show. The new works are by far her strongest yet and really build on the narrative and feature some new elements which are sure to be a big hit with her loyal and ever-growing following.
Had a chance to visit the studio of the Clayton Brothers a couple weeks back as they prepared for their first major show in Los Angeles in six years. This will be their first major collection of works in Los Angeles since they rocked La Luz De Jesus back in 2003 with their epic ‘Six Foot Eleven’ show. I still remember how blown away I was by that show. Simply epic in every sense of the word. For those that missed that one, do all you can to make it to Santa Monica this Saturday.
‘Jumbo Fruit’ will open this Saturday, July 18th at both of Patrick Painter‘s galleries within Bergamot Station over in Santa Monica. Very ambitious and as you can see below, Rob and Christian have more than stepped up the challenge. I can not wait to see these works all finished and hanging in all their glory this Saturday. A big thanks to Rob & Christian for having me out.
The Clayton Brothers work together closely to construct objects that are both narrative and deeply personal in nature. Front and center are the unique people, animals, and places that occupy the outskirts of the American psyche. These works are created in an obsessively rich, cartoon-inspired manner and often incorporate related audio elements.
They’ve a rich history and I highly recommend picking up any of their books. Enjoy the pictures below that offer a glimpse into the creative process behind the works that will make up their ‘Jumbo Fruit’ exhibit(s) opening this Saturday. Above, view a picture of the pinch pot that was the initial point of inspiration for this show, found at a thrift shop, it’s now a cherished item in their studio. Sometimes the simplest things can be the catalyst for amazing works.
Tools of the trade.
Rob Clayton at work in the studio.
The big one in progress… this one is going to blow minds this Saturday.