For six months, artist Gus Harper traveled to Nepal, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Thailand, the United States, and Mexico. All the while he continued to express himself as an artist.
“Kora II” 36 x 30. Painted in Kathmamdu, Photo courtesy of Gus Harper
His new exhibition “Sojourner Art” is a testament to his travels and the inspiration he received from the culture and community of each location during that trek. He connected with local artists and co-created new works. ” I found so much beauty in various places. I painted more paintings in Nepal than anywhere else. But my favorite piece, Devote was painted in Luang Prabang, Laos.
Harper spent three months in the U.S. and Mexico, then three months in South Asia and will be returning to Malaysia and Indonesia in the spring for an art show and to paint some murals.
Collaborations with acclaimed artist Gronk as well as Nepalese artists Sujan Dangol and Sanjib Rana will be also exhibited.
“I have been traveling like this for several years now. There is just a challenge of being resourceful when traveling. I think that influences the art. Plus, I don’t have a studio when I travel so I have to be creative in my setups. For some reason I seem to make my best art when I am physically uncomfortable. I don’t know what that’s about yet. Maybe I’m just pushing my outside my comfort zones on different levels.
Photo courtesy of Gus Harper
What: Art Party
Where: Castelli Art Space, 5428 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90016
When: 6:00pm – 10:00pm