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FRANK ROMERO b.1941

It’s Summer Time … and many of us are ‘on the move’…which brings me to CARS and to FRANK ROMERO!

Romero does reveal a love of the CAR in its many guises…even when a deer on a forested road is caught in his headlights(it crossed safely). With the Olympics in Los Angeles future, Romero predicts added traffic via – you’ve guessed it – CARS.

Here are a few examples of available pieces….but let us share more with you.

FRANK E. ROMERO Big Red Chevy
Big Red Chevy
1940 Chevy Fleetline Purple
1940 Chevy Fleetline Purple
Palm Tree
Palm Tree
1940 Chevy Fleetline Blue
1940 Chevy Fleetline Blue
Chevy PickUpster Green
Chevy PickUpster Green
FRANK E. ROMERO Deer Crossing
Deer Crossing
Crossroads
Crossroads
Going to the Olympics
Going to the Olympics

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YNEZ JOHNSTON   1920 – 2019 

With heavy heart, we confirm the death of Ynez Johnston – dear, sweet, quiet, imaginative, inventive, creative YNEZ JOHNSTON.  In her modest self-effacement, she blossomed with John Berry, her loving and supportive husband.

We’ve been entranced by YNEZ JOHNSTON’s personal narratives and idiosyncratic techniques.  She loved jewel like colors in crating imaginary, romantic, mystic cultures – fantastickingdoms, exotic structures and magical setting that suggest teeing cities, ambiguous landscapes, voluptuous royal trappings, strange animals and improbable vehicles.

In 1951 she moved from Berkeley to Los Angeles to teach at Chouinard Art Institute.  Earning recognition from museums, curators, galleries and collectors internationally, she and John travelled in India and Europe, evident in her etchings, woodcuts, collages, paintings, wood and bronze sculptures.

But – in Los Angeles all these years, she simply spun her fascinating narratives, dazzling me and all.  I miss her stories and the lunches at the Mexican restaurant! 

We all will miss her.

YNEZ JOHNSTON Cosmic Mountain
YNEZ JOHNSTON Cosmic Mountain

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Putting It All Together

Artists use various media, materials, detritus – which become the tools and languages through which to express themselves: watercolors, pencils, charcoal, pigments, pastels, torn paper, board, canvas, objects, plaster, stone, photographs, digital printers, wood, junk, shells, bones, foil, wax,……WAIT A MINUTE!…..JUNK!?!?

 

GORDON WAGNER A Piece of Pieces From the Sea
GORDON WAGNER
A Piece of Pieces From the Sea
GORDON WAGNER 
Shrine Box Assemblage
JULES ENGEL E-5
JULES ENGEL
E-5
JULES ENGEL Aqua Stack
JULES ENGEL
Aqua Stack
GEORGE HERMS Silver Rose
GEORGE HERMS
Silver Rose
GEORGE HERMS Polished Love
GEORGE HERMS
Polished Love
WILLIAM DOLE Sneaky Pete
WILLIAM DOLE
Sneaky Pete
WILLIAM DOLE Proxy
WILLIAM DOLE
Proxy
What’s wrong with picking up a guitar pic, a cracked violin bow, a manuscript, a photograph, a broken comb, a weathered piece of wood, thrown up on the sand by surging waves…and then assembling a free-standing structure or a composition on a sheet of paper or board?….nothing!

THAT is Putting it All Together – creating ‘something’ from ‘nothing’.

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JUNE WAYNE 1918 – 2011

JUNE WAYNE arrived in Los Angeles with prior experience as an artist, as a manager of the Federal Arts Project office in Chicago and with an interest in lithography. She sought out Lynton Kistler’s Lithography Workshop and began a mutual challenge to develop the medium.
JUNE WAYNE The Cavern II
The Cavern II
JUNE WAYNE The Hunter
The Hunter

JUNE WAYNE The Bride
The Bride

JUNE WAYNE The Suitor
The Suitor

JUNE WAYNE The Advocate
The Advocate
JUNE WAYNE The Witnesses I
The Witnesses I
JUNE WAYNE The Witnesses II
The Witnesses II

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JULES ENGEL 1909 – 2003

Jules Engel arrived in Hollywood in mid-1930s. Abstraction, color and architecture were his focus. But then – in order to earn a living – he held a job in commercial animation before he stepped into the production of “Fantasia” at Walt Disney Studios. Animation was the future.

In the 1960s, he painted and made abstract films in Italy and France before returning to Los Angeles to make lithographs at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop and at Gemini Graphics Editions Limited – yes, colorful, abstract and geometric compositions.

Making a major career change in 1970, Jules Engel joined the newly formed California Institute of the Arts(CalArts) as Founding Director of the Department of Experimental Abstract Animation on Film, a position he held until his death.

JULES ENGEL Green Interior
Green Interior
JULES ENGEL E-5
E-5
JULES ENGEL Aqua Stack
Aqua Stack
JULES ENGEL Night City
Night City
JULES ENGEL Pink Rimmed Panel
Pink Rimmed Panel
Jules Engel worked in all media: paintings, drawings, collages, films, sculpture, etchings and lithographs. For this web page we focus upon geometric, abstract collages that reveal ideas fermenting in his creative genius.

We plan to reveal his paintings and drawings in subsequent weeks we but encourage you to visit our website in the meantime!

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Limitless Space

Oskar Fischinger’s passion for motion in space is evident through his ‘hand’ – that is, through his paintings, drawings and films. Fischinger’s imagery doesn’t require ‘moving pictures’ in the usually sense – his imagery ‘moves’ on its own, visually. 

These paintings reveal rhythms that also encompass sound – as in melodies!….not aural as in activation of ear drums…sound as ‘felt’ visually.  Oskar Fischinger’s art is to be LIVED with on a daily basis – to enjoy – to feel the pleasure of music and space.

OSKAR FISCHINGER Grids in Space
Grids in Space
OSKAR FISCHINGER Light Source
Light Source
OSKAR FISCHINGER Deep Space
Deep Space
OSKAR FISCHINGER Abstraction #17
Abstraction #17

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Juxtaposition 

Over these forty years, I had a focus on the art and artists of California 1930s – 1980s. I enjoyed the treasured friendships AND the art of many fine artists. Time is a continuum; they and I are leaving the scene open to ever-new waves of young artists with exciting new expressions and techniques! Open yourselves and enjoy!!!

However, true to form, I still can share in specific imagery and media that identify the 1930s-1980s era and predict the future!!! I’ve always responded to the artists who spot, save, create the ‘new’ from links of the past through assemblage and collage: Gordon Wagner, George Herms, Emerson Woelffer, Michael McMillan, Betye Saar, Werner Drewes, Jules Engel, Basil Langton, William Dole, to name but a few.
Do you respond as I do?

GORDON WAGNER Shrine Box
GORDON WAGNER
Shrine Box
GORDON WAGNER Seven Actors
GORDON WAGNER
Seven Actors
GEORGE HERMS Light My Fuse
GEORGE HERMS
Light My Fuse
GEORGE HERMS Silver Rose
GEORGE HERMS
Silver Rose
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BETYE SAAR Keep for Old 'Memoirs'
BETYE SAAR
Keep for Old ‘Memoirs’
BETYE SAAR The Couple
BETYE SAAR
The Couple
BASIL LANGTON Red Rhythm
BASIL LANGTON Red Rhythm
BASIL LANGTON Boy with Girl I/Boy with Girl II
BASIL LANGTON
Boy with Girl I/Boy with Girl II

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Art to Live With