Bakersfield Museum of Art

Honored to be a part of this show

“The Circle of Sam Francis: Experimenting in California” 

Opening May 25th, 7-9pm

Bakersfield Museum of Art

“Sam Francis kept several studios and homes through the West Coast of California. In these studios Sam often surrounded himself with many young and emerging artists who provided him with help, care, and endless inspiration. Exploring the creative process was his driving force. In doing so, Francis created an atmosphere of experimentation that allowed his assistants to expand their artistic education and nurture their own creativity. The Circle of Sam Francis: Experimenting in California will highlight work made by Francis during this exciting era of artistic exploration and survey the artists who worked alongside the master.”

In the late 80’s I worked for Sam Francis as a studio assistant in his Bay Area studios. Eventually as his health declined he moved to LA for treatment and he moved me down to help out. I was living in his 20,000sf studio in Venice with my main focus prior to the move being music.  As I discovered more about myself and with exposure to Sam I realized my abilities to express myself was more inherent in visual arts as opposed to aural so I turned to painting as my from of expression. I was given full access to the studio as he didn’t use it any more and I started my career as a painter. 

These three works are very early in my journey. the small red piece is the second painting I did as a painter in the studio. The framed figure is from a model my friends and I would bring in once a week and the third painting is when I was learning by painting in Sam’s style of pouring and flow.

2 Reviews of “Deep” at Billis Williams Gallery

Thank you to Genie David and Joseph A. Hazani for these insightful reviews of my show “Deep” at Billis Williams Gallery in Culver City.

Genie wrote for DiversionsLA

Joseph wrote for adilettante

Works from the show available

Install Pics of “Deep”

I am very happy with the show. Tressa and Jeramie did a standout job of placing the work in space. I especially like the grouping of six in the corner next to my favorite piece “Orangutan”.

This link has Available work through the gallery with sizes and more specifics.

Artist statement for ” Deep”

Solo show at Billis Williams Gallery

“Sumatran Tiger” 20 x 60 acrylic on panel

I am excited to present two new series of work in a solo show at Billis Williams Gallery in LA.

May 6th – June 3rd

Opening Reception May 6th 4 – 7 pm

Billis Williams Gallery
2716 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

In “Deep”, I present two series of paintings that explore the delicate balance between human existence and the fragile ecosystems that sustain us. We are blessed with a world that contains such exquisite natural beauty and wonder yet mankind’s endless demand for energy and expansion puts immense pressure on these systems to survive. In the name of human advancement and expansion the cost to animal species and the environment is deep and irreversible. The true measure of a civilization is in its compassion and empathy, not in its ability to consume.

“Snow Leopard” 24 x 21 acrylic on panel

In the “Fading Light” series I explore the theme of endangered species, depicting each animal obscured in a deep darkness. The concept of fading light serves as a metaphor for the dwindling populations of endangered species and the threat of extinction that looms over them. This twilight also represents the passage of time, the impermanence of life and the move from the unconscious to awareness. As light frequently does, it represents hope and possibility in the face of adversity.

“Hawksbill Turtle” 25 x 20 acrylic on panel

“Blue Whale” 30 x 72 acrylic on panel

Within the “Nature” series, I cut apart landscapes of trees and nature and place them one on top of each other, breaking their continuity, while bending and merging what remains. The juxtaposition of the two worlds reveals the struggle we face today with the future of our planet dependent on our ability to balance the increasing demand for resources and the needs of the natural world.

“The Park” 40 x 34 acrylic on panel

“Nature’s Way” 47 x 41 acrylic on panel

“Hawksbill Turtle”

“Hawksbill Turtle” 25×20 acrylic on panel

For an upcoming show at Billis Williams Gallery in LA

May 6th

“con.Text” reception at the de Saisset Museum

My ongoing show “con.Text”, featuring 18 ink on panel portraits, at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara will be having an outdoor reception Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 4-6 p.m. 

There will be light refreshments outside on the lawns in front of the museum and you are welcome to take your time in the galleries. 

The museum is located on the campus of Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050  (408) 554-4528.

If you cannot make it mid week Thursday we have scheduled small group walk throughs with me on Friday April 14 and Saturday April 15 at 11:30 -12:15pm and 1-1:45pm. Due to capacity restrictions advanced registration is suggested and will open soon.

2 of the 18 pieces hanging in the show:

“Tiffany” is the granddaughter of Roy Sakasegawa who was drafted

into the U.S. army in August 1941 from Salinas CA four months before

Pearl Harbor. After the attack Roy’s family was incarcerated along with 120

thousand people of Japanese descent, 62% were American, in Poston

Arizona one of the 10 internment camps set up to house the internees.

Roy went on to serve in the 442nd Infantry division composed of Japanese

Americans who fought mostly in Europe. The 442nd Regiment is the most

decorated unit for its size in U.S. Military history. The unit earned more

than 18,000 awards including 21 Medal of Honor.

The text used to make the marks is Executive Order 9102 that

established the War Relocation Authority the agency responsible for the

forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.

Lorraine’s great grandfather first came to the United States in the

1850’s on a 30ft Sampan, a Chinese fishing vessel not designed to cross an

ocean. He landed in Mendocino County and immediately began work in

the lumber camps as a cook. After going to China in the late 1880’s he tried

to return to his family in California, but due to the Chinese Exclusion Act

of 1882 he had to pay to take the name of a citizen to be allowed back to

his family in California.

The text used to render the portrait is The Chinese Exclusion Act of

1882, which was the first and only law to prevent all members of a specific

ethnic group from immigrating to the United States. Many Americans on

the West Coast attributed declining wages and economic ills to Chinese

workers so Congress passed the Exclusion Act to placate worker demands

and assuage prevalent concerns about maintaining white “racial purity.”

Torrance Art Museum

It is my pleasure to have two pieces included in a show that marks the 50th Anniversary of the Sister-City program between the city of Kashiwa, Japan, and the city of Torrance.To celebrate this milestone Torrance Art Museum is presenting an exhibition of the myriad artistic talents of the Japanese American community based here in southern California. These diaspora artists reflect the complexity and diversity of art practices from those who share a dual legacy, inclusive of the cultures of both countries, to form unique composite expressions of culture.

The show is titled “Bridging the Pacific” and is curated by Max Presneill.

Opening reception January 28, 6-9pm

January 31 thru March 4th

Artists: Tetsuji Aono, Yumiko Glover, Kio Griffith, Clement Hanami, Bryan Ida, Ichiro Irie,  Takeshi Kanemura, Wakana Kimura, Ibuki Kuramochi, Kaoru Mansour, Yoshie Sakai, Macha Suzuki, Misato Suzuki, Tomoaki Shibata, Miki Yokoyama

The Billboard Creative interview

As featured artist for the up coming The Billboard Creative show in February titled “We the People” I had the pleasure to do an interview with curator/fabulous photographer Mona Kuhn going in depth on the inspiration for the series and its meaning to me.  

The show features a portrait of my friend Kio Griffith presented on a billboard located in front of Paramount Studios on Melrose Ave. There is an interactive map on The Billboard Creative website.The show will exhibit 30 artist work on billboards across LA. 

Thank you Mona Kuhn for your support and kindness, The Billboard Creative for this wonderful show and Adam Santelli for all your hard work.

De Saisset Museum Show

I am honored to present 18 portraits from my “con.Text” series in a solo exhibition at the deSaisset Museum on the campus of Santa Clara University.  

Thank you Lauren Baines and Christopher Sicat at the de Saisset Museum for all your hard work and efforts. 

The show opens to the public January 24th – June 17th. 

I will be showing a new portrait of my grandmother that I just finished that that is based on a photograph taken by Dorothea Lange. 

There will be a reception and further programming announced at a later date. 

“Red Panda”

21 x 24 acrylic on panel 2022

In my fading light series I depict endangered or threatened species as light fades to dark. The light and the dark represents the contrast between hope and despair