DAVID HOCKNEY PAINTING / "UNTITLED (BACKYARD ECHO PARK III)"


David Hockney (born 1937) is one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. A painter, printmaker, photographer, and stage designer, Hockney has had a growing impact since his emergence from the British Pop Art movement in the 1960s. His work tests the boundaries of Modernism by shifting between abstraction and realism--often within a single piece.

Hockney's mastery of color and supremely balanced compositions respond to the light and landscape of Southern California, where he has lived and worked extensively since the 1960s. Hockney's body of work suggests extensive travel and a sustained concern for his native Northern England. His complex oeuvre demonstrates his command of a wide range of media and styles, not for their own sake but always to further his pictorial dexterity. 

Hockney has had an amazingly prolific and successful career as an artist, and he continues to create and exhibit at major international venues. He recently began to incorporate digital artwork into his ever-expanding repertoire of media and styles.

One of his wonderful artworks will be on display through this Friday, April 18, as part of the exhibition Color. Untitled (Backyard Echo Park III) from 1983 so perfectly illustrates the use of color and free form that Hockney has expertly utilized throughout his career.

For more information about the artist or this painting, please see the David Hockney artist page.




David Hockney / "Untitled (Backyard Echo Park III)" / 1984 / Painting: gouache on paper 



JULIAN OPIE SELF PORTRAIT


Throughout art history, the self portrait has been a complex subject. A challenging feat for many artists, the art form is one of the most personal and intentional methods of self expression.

Julian Opie's self portrait entitled Julian is on display as part of current exhibition, Color. The portrait is distilled into Julian Opie's signature style, described by clean, simple lines, and deliberate blocks of contrasting color.

Opie was born in 1958 in England. He received his education from Goldsmith's school of Art in 1982. His work spans that of multiple disciplines. He is perhaps most well-known for his process of digital manipulation, through which he distills photographs of chosen subject matter, reducing the content to its purest and most essential form. Although his process is reductive, the portraits are imbued with a wide range of emotion from aloof coldness to psychologically penetrating glances --all within a narrow economy of pictorial means. Blurring the lines between illustration, environmental design, and fine art, Opie has managed to further refine and update the visual clarity and bold impact of 1960s Pop Art. 

Opie's work is held in important collections including those at: The Tate Gallery, London; The National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan; and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

This work will be on display through April 18, 2014. 

What thoughts or feelings come to mind as his self portrait stares back at you?




Julian Opie / "Julian" / 2013 / Archival inkjet laminated to glass and back with dibond presented in a powder coated aluminum frame designed by the artist / Edition of 35



For more information about the artist or this work, please visit the Julian Opie artist page.



TOM WESSELMANN SCULPTURE / "HOUSE AND BARN IN THE DISTANCE"


Tom Wesselmann sculpture, House and Barn in the Distance, is one of many beautiful works in our current exhibition, Color.

The sculpture was completed in 1994 and was designed utilizing layers of cut-out aluminum, finished with oil paint. 

Tom Wesselmann, who passed away in 2004, made pivotal contributions to the American Pop Art movement. Distinguished for colorful paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings that depict nudes, everyday objects and avant-garde abstractions, Wesselmann's graceful line, tight formal compositions and highly polished style are instantly recognizable and visually enticing.

Wesselmann's works are held in major national and international collections including: the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Louisiana Museum, Humblebaek, Denmark; and the Tokyo Central Museum, Japan.

We are excited to present to you, House and Barn in the Distance: a distinguished an important part of our current exhibition.

For more information about the artist, visit our the Tom Wesselmann artist page.

To see other works in the show, please visit our "Color" Exhibition page, closing on April 18, 2014.





Tom Wesselmann / "House and Barn in the Distance" / 1991/1994 / Oil on cut-out aluminum


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