"Heathcliff"

"Heathcliff"
"Heathcliff", 30 x 22", acrylic on paper

Monday, November 15, 2010

Visiting

Visiting other artist's works has become a big part of my life as an artist.
Recently I was invited to view the 12 Apostles painted by Zhenya Gershman at Harris and Ruble Law firm in Hollywood. Zhenya was an instructor at the Getty Museum many years ago when my husband and I took a two Sunday workshop in modeling the head in oil clay on a support. We loved the class and along with the instruction was a great 17th/18th century collection of busts for us to view including many of Napoleon.
Zhenya used living male models and made her format tall and slender. The space she showed them in was a fluted Rotundra in a restored Hollywood Building by Marcella Ruble and her husband, the Principles of the Law firm. The 12 Apostles stood approximately 7 feet tall by 2 feet wide. It was something to be surrounded by her slightly expressionist version of highly skilled draughtsmanship. Link to images http://www.artslant.com/la/events/show/130788-xii-apostles-paintings-by-zhenya-gershman
Over the weekend, we stumbled down our street toward the beach at the Pacific Ocean here in Venice and came upon Anne Faith Nicholls new CURIO shop with a yellow old timey vertical sign amoungst the artist's studios.
New to the neighborhood, she has a very 'on trend' style that relates to neighboring shops like OBSOLETE and to the Barkers at the beach offering a glimpse of a two headed turtle. Her works are embued with the turn of the 20th century and the 21st. Signage and anime and the traces of Mark Ryden's big eyed characters in a narrative and Lari Pittman's references to silhouetted Victorian design, they seem very current and old timey
concurrently. She also sells antiques picked up from her travels to Paris, London and Venice, Italy. www.annefaithnicholls.com
Links for both are on the Other Artists Links List to the left