Past SPARC Gallery Shows
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“CLARITY” a New Exhibition of Works by Fine Artist Sunny Samuel
Sunny Samuel, inspired by his interest in cellular biology, describes his drawings, paintings, and sculpture/installations as explorations of micro/macroscopic activity and otherworldly landscapes. “Through light and transparency, shadows and reflections, and the act of focusing and unfocusing,” Samuel sets the stage “for strange forms inhabiting new territories; a consideration of spaces, strings, and systems beyond our reach but within our view.”
“Clarity” will run through May 14, 2022.
Arriola describes her featured work as “part assemblage art, part photographic still life. Relic-like reminders of the fragile nature of human existence. An ongoing tribute to women I have known.”
Arriola says that she first envisioned this ongoing series during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, when she began photographing decaying plant material in her kitchen sink. Shot at various times of the day and printed on soft fibrous paper, “the resulting pictures are a celebration of nature's continuities, as well as a stark reminder of life's inevitable losses. Like intimate portraits, they provide a window into the soul, revealing the heart's innate desire to hold on to what it has lost.”
“As it is to be” will run through March 12, 2022.
Affordable works by noted professional artists will be available for purchase in a variety of mediums—watercolor and oil paintings, collage, ceramics, and soft sculpture. Featured artists are Victoria Arriola, Michael Campagna, Elaine Carhartt, Laurie Hendricks, Shelley Stephens, Rebecca Tager, Cynthia Thiel, and Ella Trimarchi
VAL TRIMARCHI "A RECURRENT RETREAT"
“A Recurrent Retreat,” an exhibition of works by painter, illustrator, and muralist Val Trimarchi
at the SPARC Gallery in the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
With subject matter ranging from signage to building exteriors to billiard balls, Jimmy Lee captures light and shadow with a photorealistic technique that allows the viewer to experience the scene as if they were there as he painted them.” Lee, a graduate of the California College of the Arts and an illustrator and graphic artist with more than decades in the film and television industry, states that “natural light defines form, and creates color, shadows and reflective color are the components that guide the way, and what I choose to paint.”
Renowned Artist Fulton Leroy Washington (aka MR. WASH)
While serving more than 20 years of a mandatory life sentence for a non-violent drug offense in the 1990s, Louisiana-born Mr. Wash taught art classes & painted striking portraits of fellow inmates & political figures as well as subjects based on news stories and historic events. His 2014 work, “Emancipation Proclamation,” was based on Frances Bicknell Carpenter’s, “First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln. Mr. Wash’s sentence was commuted after he was granted clemency in 2016 by President Barack Obama.
Artist Fulton Leroy Washington (aka Mr. Wash), whose work is currently on display at both the Hammer Museum and The Huntington through August 1 2021—in the multimedia exhibition, “Made in L.A. 2020: a version”—and in his free solo exhibition, “Inside Perspective,” at the SPARC Gallery in South Pasadena through May 30, 2021, will talk about his photorealistic art and extraordinary life in a free Zoom webinar on May 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.