Have You Met Painter, Marlene Capell? 4/14/19

Q: How long have you been painting?

A: I have been painting since elementary school where I also did ceramics, weaving and wood working.

Q: Who are some of your greatest influences?

A: Stonehedge, Mark Rothko, Braque, Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn.

Q: What inspired you to get into the arts?

A: It was always around me. My father started as a photographer. He had a darkroom in our garage. He was a movie studio photographer and then went into the movie theater poster business. He even owned a movie theater.

Q: Why painting rather than other mediums?

A: As soon as I walked into my father’s poster studio and smelled the paint I was hooked on painting and drawing as well. Then in college I took classes where I could use visualization and using my hands to create and build.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?

A: Oil paint, pencil, paper and collage.

Q: Do you have a message in your work?

A: One message is the idea of striving and resolution.

Q: Why do you like to use oil paint rather than acrylic or watercolor?

A: I prefer oil paint for layering and scraping.

Q: What is the philosophy behind your work?

A: It is a dialogue of discovery. I start with the idea of a portal structure, which evolved from my fascination with Stonehedge and the Lion Gate at Mycenae. It is the starting point of each new piece. I strive to develop an iconic image. I want the image to reveal the history of itself, layer upon layer. It is made from spontaneous gestures in a dialogue with the materials, showing the process, the struggle and attempts at problem solving. I hope for something unexpected to be discovered in each piece for the viewer and myself. This becomes the exchange between the careful rational mind and the desire for spontaneity and a measure of surprise.

Meet Sculptor, Lee Jordan, 3/21/19

Lee Jordan

Q: How long have you been sculpting?

A: I have been sculpting for over 30 years.

Q: Who are some of your greatest influences?

A: African art, Modigliani, Picasso and Arp.

Q: What was the first work of art you sold?

A: A 4′ x 8′ piece of sheet metal that I had bent and cut with a torch. It sat outside near the ocean and acquired a great rust patina.

Q: Why sculpting rather than another medium?

A: It all had to do with my hands. They wanted to squeeze and shape. Also, I’m not very confident with color.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?

A: Alabaster, limestone and hardwoods.

Q: What is the philosophy behind your work?

A: My work is mostly abstract and non-representational. They are soothing, gentle and inspirational pieces that are a joy to see and live with. I also love the way that they feel, and encourage people to touch them.

We Are Proud to Introduce Photographer, Howie Ronay, 12/3/18

Q: How long have you been shooting?

A: I’ve been creating as long as I can remember. Remnants remain on my parents’ walls and staircase, providing evidence of just how creative I could be.

Q: Who are some of your greatest influences?

A: Anyone who has never given up.

Q: What was the first work of art you sold?

A: It’s called “Pot of Gold.” It’s a photograph of a trash can and it was hanging in a sound studio in Austin, Texas but now belongs to Giancarlo Esposito, who played Gus in “Breaking Bad.”

Q: Why shooting rather than another medium?

A: Photography is the medium that allows me to instantly express myself the moment I see a certain dumpster or traffic cone or any “ugly” object int he world that I can find beauty in.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?

A: I appreciate digital photography because it allows me to nuance and reveal more of the hidden beauty that I find in the objects I shoot.

Q: Do you have a message in your work?

A: When I was 20 years old, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s. After a year of treatment, I was blessed with a clean bill of health and a new perspective on life, which manifested in my photography many years later. There is a lot that is ugly in this world but there is beauty to be found too, if we just look for it.

Young Collector’s Club, 11/6/18

       

Today we are proud to highlight these amazing pieces of art for the budget-conscious art lover. The pieces are from left to right:

1. Central Ave #38 by Kymm Swank, 12 x 12

2. Waimea by Justine Stamen Arrillaga, 5.5 x 8 (unframed)

3. The Thinker by Amy Smith, 36 x 36

4. Fire and Ice 3 by Brooke Wilen, available in various sizes

 

Meet Painter, Carla Koulajian, 9/4/18

 

Q: How long have you been painting?

A: I have been painting since 1990, for 28 years.

Q: Who are some of your greatest influences?

A: I admire all forms of art but I am mostly inspired by De Kooning, Matisse, Cezanne, Basquiat…

Q: What inspired you to get into the arts?

A: I express my thoughts and feelings through my paintings. I started painting at a young age and discovered the world of arts and painting at Art Students League in New York where my art morphed to its present day form.

Q: Why painting rather than another medium?

A: I love the colors and the textures of the oil paints, and I love mixing them and being surprised with the results.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?

A: My favorite material is oil paint.

Q: What kind of art do you own or show in your house or do you only have your own work displayed?

A: I have two pieces of art that were passed down from my family. They bring back great memories. I also have plenty of my artwork displayed.

Q: Do you have a message in your work?

A: I would like to spread positive energy and a very happy mood through my artwork.

Q: What is the philosophy behind your work?

A: I believe that the colors surrounding us have a very strong influence on us. I work with vivid colors to create a positive energy and a burst of a healing sensation through art.

Getting To Know ADO’s Featured Artist, Melissa McGill, 6/26/18

Q: How long have you been painting?

A: I’ve been painting for the past 3 years. Before that I worked as a commercial collage illustrator.

Q: Who are some of your greatest influences?

A: Helen Frankenthaler, Cy Twombly and Robert Rauschenberg

Q: What inspired you to get into the arts?

A: I cannot point to a specific moment. I’ve always made art, and it’s always brought me joy.

Q: Why painting rather than another medium?

A: I love color, painting gives me an expedient expression of any idea or mood I try to communicate.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?

A: Acrylic paint, pastel, graphite, oil sticks and raw canvas and paper

Q: Why kind of art do you own or show in your house or do you only have your own work displayed?

A: I have art from artist friends and a lot of my son’s art. Random assemblages of bits found on travels and photograph memories.

Q: Do you have a message in your work?

A: Overall I hope my work inspires others and makes a connection.

 

Young Collector’s Club, 6/20/18

Today we are proud to showcase these 4 fantastic pieces all priced at $2,000 or less. From left to right they are:

1. Central Ave #18, Kymm Swank, 24 x 24, acrylic, spray paint & lacquer on wood panel, $1,200 or 60/month.

2. The Painter, Marisa Murrow, 24 x 12, oil on canvas, $2,000 or 100/month.

3. Wild Horses, Ashley Prikryl, 16 x 20 (paper size), $950 framed or 47.50/month (additional sizes available).

4. Meander in the Garden, Lynda Pizzuto, 24 x 24, oil on canvas, $1,800 or 90/month.

“Residence II,” Group Exhibition

Check out this amazing video from our group exhibition, “Residence II.” Come down to the Open Mind Art Space in West LA at 11631 Santa Monica Blvd. to view fabulous works of art by Laddie John Dill, Christina Hale, Brian Hodges and Dave Zarick. The show runs through May 25th.

Meet Painter, Mark Acetelli

 

Check out my intimate visit with Mark Acetelli and hear all about his process. Click on the video above.