|Flyer for the 102nd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition|
of the California Art Club
This is the virtual exhibition of the 102nd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club. This can be seen in person at the USC Fisher Museum of Art at the University of Southern California 823 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA between 2nd and 23rd June 2013.
The Club’s Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibitions are considered to be one of the country’s premier exhibitions of contemporary-traditional fine art. They include both paintings and sculpture.
To start with I thought there was no slideshow - you have to open and close each painting individually - which means thumbnails rule when it comes to which ones get opened!
Then I realised that to view the slideshow, I needed to click this link and then right click the > at the top right of every image
Artwork which I particularly liked included:
- Gerald Brommer, "Pt. Pinos Light, Pacific Grove," Watercolor on paper, 22" x 30", $3,500 - this very much reminded me of my own visit to Pacific Grove in 2006 and the atmosphere and light associated with a marine inversion
- John Burton, "Point Lobos Cypress," Oil, 40" x 30", $6,800 - the same sort of reasons as the previous painting. I also visited Point Lobos and the cypresses above the steep drops down to the water were very memorable. Although I also seem to remember the path didn't allow much room to set up an easel!
- Warren Chang, "Figurative Arrangement," Oil, 40" x 59", $60,000 - I've been bemoaning the lack of artists who engage with painting groups of people of late. So it's great to see an excellent example of this genre.
- Glen Knowles, "Morning Light, St. Andrew's Abbey," Watercolor, 24" x 18", $2,400 This is colourful, clean, fresh and just lovely!
- Carolyn Lord, "Shell Beach," Watercolor, 11" x 15", $1,500 - well observed, very simple and very effective
- Kim Lordier, "Autumn's Glory," Pastel, 27" x 40", $10,500 - I'm a fan of Kim Lordier's pastel paintings and particularly like the colours in this particular painting. You can read more about Kim's pastel painting in this SouthwestArt article Kim Lordier | Windows To Grandeur
|Some of the paintings in the|
102nd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
California Art Club
- Joseph Paquet, "Rural Electrification," Oil, 24" x 30", $30,000 - Stunning - in more ways than one! I enjoyed my visit to his website too. This is a painter who records landscapes 'as they happen' rather than pretty picture per se.
- Daniel W. Pinkham, "A Prayerful Mind," Oil on canvas, 48" x 40", $38,000 The sort of painting I'd hang on my wall.
- Robin Purcell, "Wild at Heart," Watercolor, 14" x 14", $1,500 - I'm a big fan of Ms Purcell's watercolour paintings of the California countryside, coastline and hills. She has two paintings in the show and you can read about them on her blog Two Paintings at 102nd Annual California Art Club Gold Medal Juried Exhibition and Sale, Opening Gala June 1
- Michael Situ, "Heisler Park - Laguna Beach," Oil on canvas, 24" x 48", $9,500 - I'm very much liking the top two thirds of this painting but would have preferred a foreground which was a little less "in my face".
- Carol Swinney, "Bluebonnet Fields," Oil, 15" x 30", $4,000 - I've got a better sense of how bluebonnets grow from this painting than from any number of paintings I've seen of bluebonnets in the past (Note: I've never seen a bluebonnet!). It reads as truth rather than 'pretty'
- William Wray, "Boats Lei Yue Mun," Oil, 24" x 24", $6,000 - I've seen a lot of William Wray's work over the years but very much like this pared down rendering of boats.
Note: I'm going to be doing shorter posts for a while. I'm finding 19 drops per day post cataract surgery a bit of a challenge!