Carlson Hatton is the son of a long time friend of mine. He is having a wonderful one person exhibition of his paintings at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, Ca. I have been privileged to view his development as an artist for over 20 years now and have enjoyed ever step along the way. I have also included him in online exhibitions at the Torrance Art Museum (on view now) as well as www.curatingcontemporary.com that will be on view next month.
Paul Klee Blossom's In The Night 1930 watercolor and ink on paper mounted on board 9 1/4" x 12 1/4" www.sfmoma.org
I hope when the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopens they will still have a special place to view the wonderful Paul Klee masterpieces they own. Always a treat to view them when I am in The City.
Annie Lapin That Looks In and Out 2013 oil and acrylic enamel spray-paint on canvas 82" x 78" www.honorfraser.com
Stopped by Honor Fraser in Culver City yesterday and got the opportunity to see some wonderful new paintings by L.A. painter Annie Lapin. These are exceptional works and a big step forward in her practice. Another example of a painter pushing boundaries and unwilling to rest on her past achievements. Exciting to see this work have a forum in L. A. Congratulations to both the artist and gallery for exhibition.
Brian Edmonds is an artist based in Huntsville, Alabama. He also coordinates an online gallery called Curating Contemporary where curators and artists come together to show related works and projects on the internet.
His work is similar to a lot on young abstract painters today in that he develops a personal or subjective approach to abstraction. He acknowledges paintings history and at the same time pushes his work to reflect his individual experience and interests.
Jim Nutt Trim 2010 acrylic on linen with mdf frame 25 3/8" x 24 3/8" www.davidnolangallery.com Beautifully painted and sometimes taking months to complete, Nutts current works are more austere than his early works. One things remains constant however and that is his wonderful drawing ability. He is still my favorite commentator on the human condition.
Vicky Wright Guardians LVlll 2011 oil on panel 31.5" x 25.6" www.joshlilleygallery.com Was in LA yesterday to visit friends and attend the LA Contemporary Art Fair. I was under whelmed by the fair for the most part with the exception of the Josh Lilley Gallery from London and the Kansas Gallery from NYC. Both showed interesting painting that seemed fresh and interesting to me. Josh Lilley was freaturing Vicky Wright's paintings on panel. These were the best paintings that I saw during my walk through the 50 or so booths. Good UK painters seem to have a grasp on contemporary painting that usually acknowledges their ante- cedents while pushing boundaries. Wright certainly does.