City Modernism

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City Modernism, 2013 Oil On Canvas 18 X 42 Inches © @dannyheller
City Modernism
Curated by: Tressa Williams

2716 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
October 19th, 2013 - November 16th, 2013
Opening: October 19th, 2013 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tue-Sat 10-6 and by appointment


George Billis Gallery is pleased to present the gallery’s third solo show of Danny Heller’s realist paintings.  The exhibition features Danny Heller’s paintings of Los Angeles architecture and continues through November 16th.

"In my latest exhibit, City Modernism at the George Billis Gallery, I center my new body of paintings on mid-century architecture and design work found throughout the big city.  Having focused for a while on the suburban and residential locales of mid-century California, characterized by light and airy dwellings of post-and-beam construction, my interest in Modernism has now led me to its impact on the metropolitan environment.  Going from quirky (and sometimes kitschy) aesthetics of colorful tract housing to the more stark concrete of sophisticated commercial buildings, I’ve tried to connect common threads that actually tie these two disparate environments together:  sleek interiors, Modernist furniture, classic cars.  From business offices and lobbies to municipal buildings, my new paintings center on some prominent examples of mid-century design still found in the big city, specifically in downtown Los Angeles, but whose style could very well be found in any major American city.  Part Julius Shulman and part Mad Men, this series hopes to transport viewers to the skyscrapers, offices, and hustle-and-bustle of downtown, but with a Modern twist."

Danny Heller received his BA in paintings from UC Santa Barbara in 2004 and has exhibited extensively throughout Southern California as well as in Denver, Chicago, Washington DC, and Boulonge-Billancourt, France.  His work has been published in Southwest Art, CA Modern Magazine, Atomic Ranch Magazine, North Valley Community News, New American Paintings #73, and most recently was profiled on KCET and will be the subject of a documentary in late 2012.  He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.