22 August 2012

Arts District Weeks

My friend and artist Alex Schaefer invited me to paint for a show in the District Art Gallery in downtown L.A. The director of the gallery , Johnathan Jerald has been a pioneer and a prophet in the renaissance this area of the city has been experiencing. I didn't know much about the place  so I set to work in a few pieces that I thought would reflect the  mixture of old and new taking place in the district. Initially I did three pieces and then kept on working as more and more subject matter became apparent.

"6th avenue. Golden hour" 11"x14" sold
The opening of the show was quite successful as I sold my three pieces and got lots of good feedback .... what are the odds?  I needed something like this after my dismal sales at Newport Beach. You just never know I guess, different crowd and different sensibilities.  The show is still up through August till Sept 30th and the other artists made some amazing pieces as well. They are Alex Schaefer , Catherine Kaleel, Christian Hernandez, John Kilduff, Jennifer Korsen,  Arpi Krikorian, Rikki Niehaus, Teod Tomlison  and photographer Alan Reyes.

"Moped speed" 9"x12" Painted at 6th and Mateo. sold
"6th ave. Viaduct" 10"x8" sold
  Johnathan asked me to keep painting away and even negotiated a couple of commissions. I did as told because the neighborhood lends itself to it. Plus there are some nice cafes and coffee shops popping up everywhere so it's not like I was in an industrial wasteland.  It was hot however so I had to pace myself. 

"Boarded up" Citizen's Warehouse bldng back. 9"x12" sold

"Skater's alley" Citizen's Warehouse Bldng. 9"x12" avail.

The first commission  was very free flowing in that I could choose the vantage point within a particular area of the Barker Lofts. The client is a photographer so she insisted on maximum freedom. I chose a view from the terrace looking down because the glint of the old railroad tracks was just to juicy to resist. Roofs and roads really "sing" in the evening.  The Urth cafe turns out is a brand new building.

"Old rails"  9"x12" from Barker Lofts looking down on Urth Cafe.

The second commission was to paint my interpretation of the Factory Lofts. This building consists of two very distinct structures. So the challenge was to find the time of day and vantage point that would portray them better. The painting is going to the owner of this development so I felt  it was important to give an overall view and include as much as possible,  a painting that the owner of a property can look at and say, " that's mine and it's pretty."  Because it was a difficult assignment I ended up doing four pieces at different times and pov's for the client to choose  one. Probably not the way I would go in the future but  who knows, may be they choose to buy them as a cuadriptych for a bit more ? 

Here are the different views from the Factory lofts  in a row. 

"Smoker's Alley" 12"x9"

"Delivery Man" 12"x9" morning
"From the electrician's ladder" 12"x9"
"AC hum" 12"x9" sunset


Nora MacPhail said...

Your work is just beautiful. I love the moped speeding along!
Happy Painting.

Judy P. said...

Nothing more fun than reading about successful art sales stories- what a roll you are on!
Congrats, and well deserved.