Monday, September 26, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Abstract art show opens at Gallery Expo on First Friday

August 5th, 2011 · No Comments · Art

<strong>Kelly Walker, Out of the Dark Water</strong>
Kelly Walker, Out of the Dark Water
An Abstract World, opening Aug. 5 in the main hall of the EXPO Arts Center as a part of the First Friday Art Walk, covers a wide range of contemporary and traditional abstract art, including everything from urban steam punk sculptures by artist Peter Ramirez to modern plexiglass and acrylic works by Joseph Salazar. The exhibit will continue through the end of the month.
<strong>Nairobi Tony, Comb Painting Series</strong>
Nairobi Tony, Comb Painting Series
Noted abstract artist Kellie Walker will be showing four new art pieces as a part of her Dreams series. Kellie’s work reflects images taken from dreams. Each of the three paintings from acrylic artist Nairobi Tony’s Comb Painting series is a mixture of pure primary color paints manipulated by combs to resemble the reflections on the top of a pond filled with koi. Marina Del Ray artist George Marlowe works in pen, ink and acrylics to create lacy renditions reminiscent of modern stained glass. His series Patterns consists of lacy black lines leading to and surrounding bright patches of color.
The artist reception will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 6-9pm. There will be a no-host donation bar, snacks and a band playing. Most of the artists will also be available to talk about their art.
<strong>George Marlowe, Pattern Series, #2</strong>

ardea’s Expo Exhibition Shows Life Centered On Art

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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:15 pm
    As a young child, Raymundo Gardea worked shining shoes on the busy streets of downtown Los Angeles. In his shoeshine box, though, he carried something even more important than his tools — colored chalk.
    With these different colored pieces of chalk, Gardea said he would unleash his creativity.
    “Whenever I wasn’t shining shoes, I would draw whatever I would see — cars, people, anything,” he said.
    As an adult, Gardea tried many different jobs, but said that he was never happy unless he was either painting or drawing. So, he said he decided to pursue his passion and became a professional artist.
    Now, Gardea, whose training consists of several classes at a community college, sells paintings that are worth thousands and is one of three artists featured at the EXPO Arts Center this month. He said that his art style is to paint “anything and everything,” and his diverse collection at the Gallery Expo illustrates his diverse interests.
    One of Gardea’s main pieces featured in this show is “Dawn’s Early Light,” which is a painting of the Twin Towers in New York City. As a survivor of 9-11, he said that he painted the piece as an homage to those who died that day.
    From 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, the Gallery Expo, 4321 Atlantic Ave., will host an artists’ reception featuring live music, snacks and no-host donation bar. The reception will introduce visitors to the artwork of Gardea, Kellie Walker and Robert Wolfe.
    Walker, a self-taught artist, said she’s been an artist for more than 30 years, and learned her art from her mother, who also is an artist. Although she’s been in the art world all her life, Walker said she’s only focused on developing her art in the past five years.
    At the Gallery Expo, she is showcasing her abstract art — art that she creates while also raising her four young children, who sometimes imitate her.
    “I paint during the day, but, I’m a mother first and foremost,” Walker said.
    To create her art, Walker said that she uses a palette knife and loves to layer on thick paint to add “luminosity and severe depth.”
    This is the first time that Walker’s art will be showcased in a gallery.
    Wolfe is an 82-year-old watercolor artist from Los Angeles, and his art depicts the California lifestyle and “explodes with bright colors and brilliant reflections that mesmerize the viewer.”
    Wolfe said he admires the art of Norman Rockwell and with his art he aims to show America and “life as it happens.”

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Check me out online portfolio on ART SLANT
Under Kellie Thomas-Walker in the LA region

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

 30 x48 Untitled as of the moment, but this one is meant to be as if you were peering out toward the edge of the deep center of a thick forest. I grew up romping around the woods with my brother and have so many memories of deep thick brush and I wanted to convey it's magic. This  has stucco medium in part of the paint to create an immense amount of texture and a earthy feel.
this canvas I JUST started, but thought I would post the beginning anyhow. It's a big one 60 x 48 (almost as tall...or short as me). I'm using a different color scheme/pallet than what I usually do. Oranges, deep transluscent browns, greens, canary yellow, black, and white.

Untitled 36 x 36

36 x 36 gallery wrapped
 abstract tree with heavy texture