North of Conception
Concurrently, the gallery will present an exhibition of recent landscape paintings by Bruce Everett. After spending many years in Southern California, Everett recently moved to the central coast and, like many cultural historians and geographers, he recognizes Point Conception as the border between Southern and Northern California. Entitled, North of Conception, this exhibition includes views of the vineyards, oaks and rolling hills that characterize the Central Coast.
Bruce Everett's plein-air and large-scale studio paintings of rural California landscapes have been referred to as painterly photorealism. For many years, the artist lived in the recesses of a rocky Chatsworth canyon and focused on the unique terrain of those sand-colored boulder formations and surrounding hills. Six years ago, he moved to the central coast of California and his new paintings look at the landscape north of Point Conception, which is often considered both the natural and cultural division between Northern and Southern California. While it is difficult to imagine any California location being remote these days, many of Everett's perspectives are obtainable only by means of his hand-built Ultra Light airplane. Sometimes working from photographs made from the open cockpit of this plane, Everett creates bird's-eye views of a California landscape we know, but assumed had vanished. Some of the paintings in this exhibition also required special access to properties such as the usually restricted Coho Jalama Ranch.