The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.
“In the face of brutality I was prudent. Before injustice I held my peace. I sacrificed the things in hand for the good of they hypothetical whole. I believed in the tongue instead of the fist. As an armor against oppression I taught patience and faith in the human soul I know now how wrong I was. I have been a traitor to myself and to my people. All that is not. Now is the time to act and to act quickly. Fight cunning with cunning and might with might”
― Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Elaine and Williem de Kooning
Group show at the Joanne Artman Gallery in December!
“Life Candy.” Pedro Bonnin. Anthony Hunter. America Martin. Shinji Murakami. James Verbicky.
Artist Reception: Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 6-8 pm to coincide with Laguna Beach Art Walk
Showing: December 1st, 2014 – January 31st, 2015
Please RSVP: 949.510.5481 by December 1st, 2014From pop art to abstraction to stunning hyperrealism, “Life Candy” features artists who delight the senses with their playful themes, glossy finishes, and bold hues. Artists Pedro Bonnin, Anthony Hunter, America Martin, Shinji Murakami, and James Verbicky tantalize viewers into sumptuous escapism. While these artists work in a variety of media and subject matter, all share a contagiously energetic embrace of life.
James Verbicky’s unique process of collaging vintage print media with resins and dyes results in panels that burst with color and pattern. Like Verbicky, Brooklyn-based artist Shinji Murakami appropriates images from popular culture. Familiar forms from video games and electronic media come to life in Murakami’s pixelated sculptures and paintings. By elevating the commonplace into fine art, Verbicky and Murakami both celebrate and critique mass culture.
Though figurative artists Pedro Bonnin and America Martin approach their subjects quite differently, both painters are best known for their skillful depictions of women. Pedro Bonnin is remarkable for his deft handling of oil paint, but what further distinguishes him is his rare ability to create moods. Bonnin’s darkly comic figures frequently border on the absurd. On the other hand, Colombian-American artist America Martin’s abstracted portraits, often of women in repose, are saturated with joie de vivre. Punctuated by strong lines and tropical colors, Martin’s work captures the bliss of a private moment.
The arresting palettes and vigorous compositions of British artist Anthony Hunter allow for works that are both emotionally powerful and visually captivating. Hunter, who has been immersed in the art world as an art fabricator for Damien Hirst, dazzles viewers with his contemporary twist on abstract expressionism.
"Life Candy" welcomes audiences into a world where Murakami brings flat digital images into three dimensions, Verbicky creates lush multimedia works from the discarded advertisements of yesteryear, and Martin envisions larger-than-life women in shades of magenta and turquoise.
These artists will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression.Image: “Shake the Fruit Tree,” by America Martin, 38x45 in.
Do you think I’m wonderful? she asked him one day as they leaned against the trunk of a petrified maple. No, he said. Why? Because so many girls are wonderful. I imagine hundreds of men have called their loves wonderful today, and it’s only noon. You couldn’t be something that hundreds of others are.
—Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated
Another one from TEW Gallery!
Day by the Sea
by America Martin, 2012
Oil and acrylic on canvas
38” x 45”
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
Two great artists make one great picture. David Bowie by Irving Penn.
Another one at the Forré & Co. in Aspen, CO.
Mangoes and Palm Fronds - Oil and acrylic on canvas - 35.5 x 83 in.
by America Martin, 2014
Portrait of Giulia Bellelli by Edgar Degas, 1890
Design duo Charles and Ray Eames.