Wednesday, June 1, 2011

3 Artists, 3 Distinct Contemporary Landscape Styles

What is it about the changing seasons that makes us want to spruce up our surroundings? Is it the longer days? Is it the warming weather? Whatever it is, we at Chemers Gallery have been itching for new and exciting artwork and WOW, do these three talented artists deliver!

Ian Paul

Temporary Telephone Pole, acrylic paint/ink on board

New kid on the block, Ian Paul, is a recent BFA Illustration graduate from Cal State Long Beach. We flipped over his unique style and use of bold yet opaque colors. His subjects are unexpected and unusual, showcasing the temporary and the industrial landscape. Ian had 2 paintings of Peter's Canyon in our recent "Scenes of Tustin" exhibit with the Tustin Art League, and not only did he win an honorable mention, he also won the People's Choice Award. You may have seen Ian's work at the Tangata Restaurant at the Bower's Museum, the grand prize for the Bowers' 2010 Southern California Representational Invitational Exhibition.

Tina Sotis

The Little Prince, oil on canvas

At last! We have new work from Tina Sotis! Deliciously voyeuristic, these small-scale paintings pack a lot of punch. Characteristically her work suggests solitude and introspectiveness. Most significant are the intimations that the action is either just about to happen or has just occurred. As viewers, we are privy to what feels like a very intimate moment, one we were possibly not meant to see. Tina credits a wide range of influences from movies like Rear Window, Surrealist painters and the black and white photography of greats like Henri Cartier Bresson. Tina's paintings tell a small slice of a story and keep us wanting to know more.

John Maxon

Open Vista, oil on canvas

Oh, how we love John Maxon and his refreshing large-scale canvases. John drove down from northern California with his trusty van full of paintings and we had such a hard time choosing! His work is delightfully colorful and transitional, with just enough detail to hint at a seascape or an aerial landscape. Exposure to artists like Roy DeForest, William T. Wiley and Wayne Thiebaud during his college days gave John the insight to the level of dedication needed to pursue his choice of being an artist. John moonlights an an adjunct professor of art at Cabrillo College in Aptos, where he continues to paint and cultivate joy. We recently learned that he meditates for 2 hours every day - no wonder he's always so calm and collected!
Enderle Center Summer Concert Series &
Chemers Gallery Artist Demonstrations

While the music is play, our artists will be displaying!
Entertainment and demonstrations 5-8p

June 16: Margaret Klemm Harp Trio play classical music
painting demonstrations at Chemers Gallery by artists
Mary Aslin * Dana Cooper * Dori Dewberry
Pete Roberts * Anthony Salvo * Jim Wodark

July 21: Ellsworth: A Capella vocals
painting demonstrations at Chemers Gallery by artists
Mary Aslin * Dana Cooper * Dori Dewberry
Ian Paul * Anthony Salvo * Liz & Dinna Yesachar

August 18: Sligo Rags play Celtic music
2 time winners of OC Music Award - Best Folk Band
No demos - the music will be in front of us!

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