JOSE VERA GALLERY presents...
OBSERVATIONS: PAST & PRESENT
Featuring paintings and sculpture by local artists: Charles Borman, Ron Kriss and David McNutt
December 1-31, 2010
Please join us for the opening reception on December 11, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 pm in conjunction with the NELA Art Walk!
About the artists...
Charles Borman retired from the Department of Art at California State University, Los Angeles, in 1992, where he served as Professor of Art & Design and Chairman of the Department. In 1984-85, he received the Outstanding Professor Award, and in 1987-88, he received the Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award. In 1992, he received the School of Arts and Letters Distinguished Service Award.
He has exhibited his work in over 70 juried and invitational exhibitions, both national and international, including: The Burbank Creative Arts Center Gallery, Burbank, CA; Caltech at the Hall of the Associates in the Atheneum Gallery, Pasadena, CA; The National Invitational Exhibition, United Nations Information Centre, Washington,DC; The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; and The National Invitational Juried Competition, Binney & Smith, New York.
His work is owned by both private and corporate collectors. He is distinguished by a long list of publications, either as writer, reviewer or artist, and has been listed in Who's Who in the West.
In 1995, he opened Village Square Gallery, which was located in Montrose, where he exhibited works of over 150 professional artists. After 10 years he closed Village Square Gallery in December 2005. The Montrose Chamber of Commerce honored him with the Volunteer of the Year in 2004 for his dedication and outstanding service. He
also received the Glendale Mayor's Commendation and Commendation from the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors.
"My work has been strongly influenced by the work of the Native People of the Northwest Coast, their wonderful totems, and the symbols utilized in the work of Native Americans. I am also interested in animals of the Southwest: fresh water fish, horses, bears, coyotes, wolves, buffalo, elk, and eagles. They have all fascinated me and have become the subject of my work. When I determine how I am going to work with the subject matter, I continue to carve the wood until each piece begins to mature.
The majority of my pieces are carved from one piece of American Lime. Lime timber is an even pale yellow colour, without distinction of heartwood and sapwood. It shows scarcely any figure. Rings and rays are obscure, pores diffuse and are very fine. It is soft, light in weight, and has a pleasant smell when fresh-cut. Lime has a pleasing natural luster and is soft enough to be carved, yet firm enough
to hold a precisely cut surface well. Once seasoned, it is very stable, free from both shrinkage and warping. These properties make it the favorite wood for sculptors and carvers. Masters of wood carving find it ideal for delicate sculpture.
I enjoy adding symbols found in Native American Art to many of the surfaces. Many of the animals once important to their survival are depicted in the symbols. These symbols are added after the carving is completed and before the final sealer coat is applied."
--C. E. Borman
Artist Ron Kriss was born in Glendale, California in 1945. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, California, and a Masters Degree from California State University, at Los Angeles. His illustrations have graced record album and CD covers for most major recording companies. He is well known as a film poster artist, and his editorial illustrations
have appeared in a wide range of quality publications. He has also taught in the Art Departments of Cal State L.A. and Pasadena City College since 1989.
Ron has also created 40 murals for a western financial institution. In 2004, he assisted Ignacio Gomez on his commemorative mural of Cesar E. Chavez, and, in 2005, Ron was part of a major group show at the Forest Lawn Museum. In 2007, he was in a group show "29 Artists" at the Burbank Gallery.
Ron is currently working on a series of fine art paintings of Koi and Geishas. In 2004, Ron had a one man show at The Village Square Gallery in Montrose, CA. Ron has received honors from the Los Angeles Art Directors Club as well as the Society of Illustrators of both Los Angeles and New York. As a freelance artist, Ron accepts illustration and mural assignments from leading design and architectural studios
throughout the country.
"I address my art to the stunning beauty, drama, and grace of Japan. My objectives were to explore and incorporate strong color combinations and imagery to enhance my paintings of the beautiful, alluring women of Japan, and the magnificent ornamental Koi-Fish, the most outstanding of which come from Japan.
Koi are famous for their incredible patterns and unusual color combinations. I have taken this idea even further, introducing Japanese tattoos and patterns to their bodies, bringing even more drama, texture and color to the pieces.
Japanese women are truly some of the most beautiful women in the world. Their charm, mystery and allure is a powerful force. This is reflected in the dance of paint splashed, molded and blended together creating a visual hierarchy and unity that reflects all aspects of the beauty and serenity of these beautiful alluring women
and magnificent ornamental Koi.
In my three dimensional pieces, I wanted to create an illusion of spatial depth, movement, color and unity, with a focus on the Koi.
My show is a tribute to the Japanese women and Nishiki-Koi which expresses the poetic harmony, serenity, graceful movement and alluring beauty of these very spiritual women and Koi-fish. May their playfulness, beauty and allure endure for centuries
David F. McNutt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967, and Master of Arts degree in 1978, from California State University, Los Angeles. After graduation, he continued at Cal State L.A. as a professor and administrator responsible for creative design services, photography, video production, university publications and public affairs. David has designed award-winning university publications and
his work has appeared in numerous art and design textbooks. He is also the author/illustrator of a children's book entitled "There Was An Old Man Who Lived In A One."
Throughout his career at the university and after his retirement, David has enjoyed exploring many avenues of artistic expression. He has exhibited his work at multiple shows at the Village Square Gallery in Montrose, and sells his designs in museum stores and online internationally.
"Throughout my career in higher education and in the years that have followed, involvement with art and visual communications have fueled my interest in creative expression. Drawing, painting, printmaking, jewelry-making, sculpture, and photography have been a feast of creative opportunities for me. I hope you enjoy this exhibition.
I would like to thank and recognize the José Vera Gallery for its leadership role in supporting the arts in our community."
Gallery contact info:
José Vera Fine Art & Antiques
2012 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Open Daily: 11 am - 6 pm