FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JoAnne Artman Gallery, (formerly SpaceOnSpurgeon) Presents in the Main Gallery:
Made In America: Featuring a Retrospective of James Strombotne
May 7-June 1,2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 7th, 6-9 pm, to coincide with Laguna Beach Artwalk
Please RSVP: 949.510.5481 by May 2nd
JoAnne Artman Gallery
326 N. Coast Highway , Laguna Beach, 92651
Contact: JoAnne Artman
Web site, <http://www.joanneartmangallery.com>
Open Wed-Sunday, 11-5 & by appointment; First Thursday of every month 6-9pm
The Quiet Confidence of an American Artist Representing Truth in a Contemporary World...
"Runway" Acrylic on Canvas.
James Strombotne encapsulates all that is American contemporary art. His work is simple, strong, flat and powerful. The most striking aspect of his work is that it transcends the test of time. Although he has been painting for over 50 years, his work remains to evoke modern stories in which he illustrates a specific point of view; a reflection of a universal moment in time and the examination of the human condition.
"I'm like a storyteller with an endless supply of stories: romances, adventures, tall tales, mysteries and exotic fantasies. My world is full of drama and visions, my own idiosyncratic and unique view. I am witch doctor, shaman, and high priest. I am also a heretic and consummate outsider, the eternal "enfant terrible,"(James Strombotne).
"Summer" Acrylic on Canvas.
The layering of acrylic and oil combined with strong gestural figures radiating power and confidence present straightforward images that challenge the viewer in seeing different points of view. Leaving all mystery behind, viewers are more accessible in relating to the staging illustrated on the canvas allowing the work to speak to the heart. Strombotne further uncomplicates his work through his to-the-point titles such as Red Shoes or Nine Seated Women. Come experience the articulate work of James Strombotne; a man of truth and eloquence.
"Nine Seated Women" Acrylic on Canvas.
"Red Shoes" Acrylic on Canvas.
Arenas 2 & 3-
Dirk Hagner's new nude series celebrates the human condition in a powerful, expressive nature. The fluidity in movement can be found within his etchings, woodcuts, and letterpress. His contemporary subject matter of candid nudity combined with the stylization reminiscent of Primitivism and the early Modern artists will captivate and astound!
David Limrite brings a new approach in revealing the human body. His haunting, solitary figures evoke a commanding emotional beauty. The forms appear on the canvas strong. Their compelling nature brings about a sense of spirituality. Both creative and destructive, masculine and feminine, powerful and vulnerable, Limrite questions the dichotomy of what the nude can truly be.
"All these artists will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you're sure to find the right artistic expression!
JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach and is open Wednesdays-Sundays from 11-5, and by appointment. Visit the first Thursday from 6-9 pm of any month to coincide with the Laguna Beach Art Walk. Street parking is available directly in front of the Gallery as well as the Downtown Parking structure located at Glenneyre Street. Take a stroll through the galleries and studios. See art come alive in North Laguna!