Skidmore Contemporary Art presents “David Ashwells: People and Places.” The gallery will hosts two receptions…on January 21 and 28.
“People and Places” consists of two exhibitions – “A Different Point of View” features Ashwell’s new landscape paintings, “Yesterday’s Children” showcases works from his project for Save the Children (portraits of people who have influenced popular culture). The paintings are based on photos of them as children.
Also on view: “Riverscapes and Waterways” is currently on view at Skidmore Contemporary Art. The solo exhibition features the paintings of Clay Vorhes…his third one-person exhibition with the gallery.
Here is some info provided by the gallery:
Clay Vorhes grew up in Sacramento, surrounded by the unique landscape of the Sacramento River Delta. The land is low and wide. Various bodies of water crisscross the region, creating fascinating patterns of earth and water. From broad rivers to narrow irrigation channels, water flows over and through the land. Seen from an airplane, these patterns look like abstract drawings. Vorhes sees himself as a romantic landscape painter, in the tradition of the 19thcentury English painters, Turner and Constable. Like Turner he is interested in a dramatic glow of light and color. From Constable he inherited a deep love for the simple beauty of our everyday world.
See image: Clay Vorhes, Golden Inlet, 2016, Oil on canvas, 24″ x 48″
As a modern painter, he was also influenced by the great tradition of abstract art. These landscapes reflect the passionate, lively brushstrokes of the Abstract Expressionists. His sense of abstract design was inspired by his long love for the California painter Richard Diebenkorn who could see the abstract in our everyday world.
On view: January 21 – February 25
What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404
When: January 21, 4-6pm; January 28, 4-6pm