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Blue Girl Graphite on Vintage Matchbook 2" X 3.5" © Courtesy of the Artist and La Luz de Jesus Gallery
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Booth Graphite on Found Paper 5" X 6" © Courtesy of the Artist and La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Phillumeny

4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
June 1st, 2012 - June 30th, 2012
Opening: June 1st, 2012 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.laluzdejesus.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
silverlake/echo park
EMAIL:  
info@laluzdejesus.com
PHONE:  
323.666.7667
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon-Wed 11-7, Thu-Sat 11-9, Sun 12-6
TAGS:  
miniature

DESCRIPTION

Jason D'Aquino is a miniaturist. The majority of his works are minute and meticulously detailed graphite renderings on vintage matchbook and other found surfaces. White hilites are introduced using watercolor undiluted with a single hair brush. The search for these found "canvases" has led him to strange corners of the world and to some unique treasures. He recently unearthed a hand-quilled, illustrated whaling manuscript from St. Petersburg Russia, which made its way to Christie's auction house in New York City.

"The matchbook was a canvas I fell in love with because it carries with it a universally recognizable built-in scale reference. Often collectors will first encounter my work through a blog or magazine article, and this makes it difficult to effectively convey scale...but once they see the matches, they can put the whole thing quickly in context. I also love the matchbook because it is a nostalgic, gritty, cheap little souvenir. I enjoy taking such a worthless surface and turning it into a coveted piece of art," states D'Aquino.