John Galan "Sabores de mi tierra"
“The Brush found my fingertips before I can remember anything else. Every time I paint, I am discovering a new part of me, an extension of myself which I can share with the world.” – John Galan
The collection of works displayed at 643 Project Space by John Galan, are from a body of work titled “Sabores de mi tierra (The flavors of my land),” which he feels depicts the past, present, and future. These paintings and plein-air work represent the lands and cultures that Galan has experienced over the past two years. Some depict the California landscape, while other paintings were created while traveling abroad in New York, Vermont, and Portugal, as an Artist in Residence. Galan writes, “the one true virtue I have learned from travelling to a new place is that natural beauty can be found wherever you go, but what makes a place more beautiful is its people and their ability to reflect that beauty outwards in all they do; from their culture, to their beliefs, and much more. It is simply what make us human.” The title of the show, “Sabores de mi tierra,” comes from his personal journey experiencing worldly beauty, cultural unity, and the intimate experience of connecting with the Land (Earth). Working with vibrant, high-chroma hues that are influenced by the artist’s Mexican heritage, Galan’s paintings depict personal memories and ideas, themes and motifs influenced by geographical location, seasonal changes, weather phenomena, personality and culture. John Galan resides in Ventura County, California.
Please join John Galan Friday, March 3, 6:30-9:30pm, for his opening reception at 643 Project Space.
Gallery hours are by appointment only. Please contact the artist @ (818) 808-8808 or email at email@example.com
643 PROJECT SPACE
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 5-8:00PM
GALLERY HOURS: 12 - 3PM on Feb. 4, Feb. 11 and Feb. 18, otherwise contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Pinkham's work are created "Ala Prima" on wide, heavyweight paper. She works with paper either rolled out on the floor or pinned onto the walls of her studio. She works with acrylic paints, pens and pencils, often using brushes attached to long handles in order to further free up the painting process. Although she regularly uses sketchbooks to review and sketch out ideas before she starts a new painting, she mostly relies on creating works deliberately done without a preconceived plan. Instead, she prefers to freely apply the paint and follow her instincts as she works. Julia says that, "the blank wallpaper base is wonderful in the way it immediately absorbs the paint and keeps the brush strokes fresh. I can't go back and fuss over the marks I make." Working with giant rolls of yards and yards of 54" paper, she can simply roll up her paintings as she goes along. Julia says that this process, "allows me to be in the moment and work without concern for results, or the temporary nature of paper however oversized it may be. Julia has been self-employed as an artist since 1979. Her work has been strongly influenced by her fascination with the natural world and organic forms. Her current series of gestural abstract paintings, done with mixed media and acrylic on both canvas and paper, reflect her ongoing interest in both the Surrealist's "automatic painting" and the Abstract Expressionist movements in American Art. Please join Julia Friday, February 3, 5-8:00pm, for her opening reception at 643 Project Space.