These works, by some of our favorite artists, are as unique and fascinating as the artists who created them.
Hirst is often called the “bad boy” of contemporary art because of his flamboyant installations and bold attitude. What is often overlooked, is Hirst’s background as a student at Goldsmiths College in London, where he focused on the use of color. Very early in his career Hirst became fascinated with the colors of the medications in a book of pharmaceuticals and began to paint his Spots series.
Ellipticine is a beautifully crafted etching, a continuation of the Spot series that allows Hirst to continue to play with color.
Not intentional, but there seems to be a theme here…David Hockney is another “bad boy” of the art world…refusing Queen Elizabeth’s request to paint her portrait and refusing a knighthood, saying, “Prizes of any sort are suspect.” At age 78, Hockney still lives and works in L.A.
Two of his most fascinating works, for sale in our gallery, were done after Hockney took a hiatus from painting and concentrated on photography. His focus, at that time was on the perspective he could achieve using multiple photos of a single subject.
The Tyler Dining Room is part of Hockney’s Moving Focus Series, in which he used Cubist technique and began taking figures out of his work and placing the viewer just outside the scene.
A trip to Mexico, in 1985, inspired View of Hotel Well lll, a continuation of his experiments with perspective. Last year, Hockney had an exhibit, at the San Francisco Museum of his iPad paintings.
President Obama gave Jasper Johns the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. One of America’s most creative and influential artists, we appreciate Johns for his skills as a printmaker.
The Critic Sees is a recurring theme of Johns’, in which looks at the way in which a work of art is perceived…not just by the public, but the artist, as well.
Against Apartheid is one of more than a dozen works that were done, by a group of internationally known artists, for an exhibit in Paris commemorating the observance of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Other artists included in the exhibit were Robert Rauschenberg, Antonio Tapies, Wilfredo Lam and Julio La Parc.
Against Apartheid was also included in a pamphlet produced in cooperation with the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid.
This lithograph is not just a wonderful example of Lichtenstein’s work, but also a piece of history.
The fun doesn’t stop for 77-year-old Ed Ruscha…or for us.
Although music is often a theme in his work, the lithograph Music, has none of Ruscha’s usual wordplay – just a play on the musical staff.
The flat bite etching technique that that Ruscha used in Real Deal is a testament to his talent as a print artist. His use of flat bite technique makes it apparent that Ruscha is still one of the most creative artists of our time.
Zoot Soot, which is handmade from newspaper and cotton thread, pays homage to Richard Duano, the Mexican-American print artist who was co-founder of the Centro de Arte Públicoarts collective in L.A. that supported and encouraged young Latino artists. Duano died in November of 2014 at age 62.
Zoot Soot is a tribute from one great American artist to another.
Please contact us if you would like more information about these works, or the many others we have in our gallery.