DanielakArt is pleased to announce that one of its represented artists, the landscape painter Robert G. Stevens, has been selected to be featured in the upcoming exhibition “From Santa Fe to LA – Landscapes of the Southwest by Robert G. Stevens.” The exhibition, which runs from May 1 through May 31, 2011, is the largest of the late artist’s work in Southern California. The exhibition is taking place at José Vera Fine Art in Los Angeles. The reception is Saturday, May 14 from 6 pm to 9 pm during the monthly NELA Art Walk.
Robert G. Stevens (1926 – 2004) began his artistic career while stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. A Bay Area native, he returned home after the war to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) in Oakland where he studied under noted California-scene painter, George Post. After graduating from art school in 1950, Stevens applied his drawing skills as a scientific illustrator for the Lawrence Laboratories, working first in Livermore, and then for many years in Berkeley, California. He became Principal Scientific Illustrator for the Lab, working closely with many Nobel Prize-winning scientists on projects which have only recently been declassified.
Stevens fell in love with the Southwest during a vacation to New Mexico in 1971, and in 1984 moved with his wife, Wilkie, to Santa Fe to paint full time. Says his daughter, Pasadena art rep and author, Margaret Danielak, “Artists are amazed when I tell them that my father threw away all of his paints when he moved to New Mexico. He wanted to start over. His goal was to capture the intense colors of the Southwest. To that end, he stopped painting exclusively in watercolor, and started painting in bright acrylics and in gouache. One painting from this series was originally called The Blue Road. After I saw the original, I renamed the piece Acid Flashback.”
Stevens was co-founder of the O.L.G.A. Group of Artists, and exhibited and sold his work to art collectors through galleries in Santa Fe and Taos. Drawings from Stevens’ many sketchbooks were selected by Margaret Danielak to illustrate herhighly rated handbook for fine artists, A Gallery without Walls: Selling Art in Alternative Venues (ArtNetwork Press), which was a featured selection of North Light Book Club.
“From Santa Fe to L.A.” will be on view from May 1 through May 31, 2011. The reception is Saturday, May 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. José Vera Fine Art & Antiques is located at 2012 Colorado Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA 90041. The phone is 323.258.5050 and website is www.joseveragallery.com The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. To see more work by the artist Robert G. Stevens, visit www.danielakart.com.