Skidmore Contemporary Art hosts an opening reception for two new exhibitions. “Why Landscape?” features new paintings by David Ashwell and “Temptation” spotlights the art of Nicole Finger.
David Ashwell, Malibu Farm, Acrylic on canvas, 45″ x 50″ 2018

Here is some info about the artists provided by the gallery:
A successful Hollywood director, David Ashwell was always drawn to visual art. He decided to take his painting to the next level, by becoming a full time artist in 2001. This will be his 7th solo exhibition with Skidmore Contemporary Art.

Painting mostly Malibu landscapes, once can see his training as a film director brings him a unique perspective. He captures familiar scenes at their best moment, creating timeless, iconic images. The artist said, “I approach my landscape work in the same way I used to look for a location for filming. I visit a likely location at various times of day to photograph the changing light—soft, early light; harsh midday sun and golden magic hour—each painting the scene differently.”

Artist Nicole Finger explained that food is something that unites us all. For her, the subject matter is loaded with personal memory and attachments. “I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of elevating ordinary subjects through art. As sweets and baked goods, in particular, have become ever more taboo in our societal concerns over health, these images are almost reminiscent of idolatry or fossils of a past time in our memories and thus elevated even more.”
Nicole Finger, Melt, Oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″ 2018

She continued, “I strive to reach a high level of realism while not sacrificing the rich, textural quality of the paint as it aligns itself so perfectly to the sensuous and luscious attributes of the subject itself.”

On view: August 11- September 15, 2018

What: Art opening
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot, (B-4), 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
When: Saturday, August 11, 4-6pm