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.
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.
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.
EDUCATION Sonoma State University Electronic Music composition 1984-86 San Jose State University Electronic Music Composition 1986-89
SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS DeSaisset Museum, Santa Clara University Solo Show “con.Text” January 2023 DeSaisset Museum, Santa Clara University Solo Online programming “con.Text” February 2021 Activities Program Board Helms Building, Culver City Arts Foundation Solo show “Projecting Possibilities” January 2021 California State University, Los Angeles Solo Show “con.Text” January 2021 Ronald H Silverman Fine Arts Gallery Japanese American Museum San Jose Solo show “con.Text” August 2020 West Valley College, Saratoga, CA Solo show “con.Text” February 2020 Dept of Student Services, Diversity and Inclusion LA Artcore, Little Tokyo Los Angeles 2 Person Show November 2017 George Billis Gallery. LA Solo Show “ Echo and Line” May 2017 Bluerider Art, Taipei Taiwan Solo Show “City Symphony” October 2016 Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco Solo Show “Littoral” September 2015 George Billis LA, Los Angeles Solo Show November 2014 Bluerider Art, Taipei City , Taiwan Solo Show “Floating California” June 2014 George Billis, New York, NY Solo show April 2014 Smith Andersen North, San Anselmo, CA 2 Person Show “Placing Memory” March 2014 Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford, CA Solo Show “City Series” May 2013 Blue Whale, Los Angeles, CA Solo Show “LACA” March 2013 George Billis LA, Culver City, CA Solo Show “SoCal” September 2012 Hang, San Francisco, CA Solo Show October 2009 Bandini Art, Culver City, CA Solo Show “Seed” July 2007 Hang, San Francisco, CA Solo Show September 2005 Los Angeles Art Association Solo Show October 2004 Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA “City and Nature: Longing and Need” Hang, Palo Alto, CA Solo Show April 2002 Paper Chase, Los Angeles, CA Solo Show April 2001 Smith Andersen Editions 3 person Show “3 From the Hatch” Palo Alto, CA March 1998 Theosophical University Library Solo Show Pasadena, CA March 1998 The Hatch, Los Angeles, CA Solo Show November 1997 Gallery OBOY, San Francisco, CA 2 Person Show July 1997 The Hatch, Los Angeles, CA Solo Show January 1997 The Hatch, Los Angeles, CA Solo Show September 1996 The Studio of Sam Francis, Venice, CA 2 Person Show October 1995
GROUP EXHIBITIONS LA County Dept of Arts and Culture “Collective Memory Installation” Part of IlluminateLA February 2023 The Billbard Creative “We the People” Featured Artist Feruary 2023 Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA “Bridging the Pacific” January 2023 Durden and Ray, LA “Transmogrified” November 2022 Walter Maciel Gallery, LA “Future Patchwork” July 2022 George Billis Gallery, LA “Cityscape 12” Iconic July 2022 Casa 0101, Boyle Heights, CA “Bronzeville: Modernity, Race and the Search to Belong” April 2022 Moreman Gallery, Louisville KY “Peregrinations” April 2022 DeSaisset Museum, Santa Clara CA “Encounter: Executive Order 9066” January 2022 Union Station Passageway Gallery “We Are...Portraits of Metro Riders by January 2022 LA Metro/Metro Art, LA Local Artists” Kellogg University Art Gallery, “Black, White and Shades of Grey” Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona CA January 2022 Torrance Art Museum, Torrance CA “Nomad” August 2021 George Billis Gallery, LA “Cityscape Show XI” August 2021 Durden and Ray, LA “Artist and Poems”, Online show October 2020 George Billis Gallery, LA “Cityscape show X: Concrete and Earth” July 2020 Orange County Center for Contemporary Art “OCCCA@40” Fullerton, CA June 2020 Durden and Ray, LA “We Are Here / Here We Are” May 2020 Golden West College Gallery “Type” Huntington Beach, CA March 2020 Bluerider Art, Taipei Taiwan “6” Jan 2020 Steps Gallery, Yokohama Japan “California Dreaming” Oct 2019 Bluerider Art, Taipei Taiwan “Daily Sentiments” Sept 2019 Themes and Projects, San Francisco CA “Late Summer” August 2019 Kellogg University Art Gallery, “Ink and Clay 44” August 2019 Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona CA Jurors Choice Award and Jurors Choice
HONORABLE MENTION Hote Gallery, Alhambra CA “Okeanos” June 2019 Beyond Baroque, Venice CA “Littoral” April 2019 iBiennale, Honolulu, HI “Artropocene:iBiennale MMXIX Mar 2019 BG Gallery, Santa Monica CA “Santa Monica: Now & Then” Feb 2019 United Terminal, LAX “Wild Blue Yonder” Oct 2018 George Billis, LA “Selected Abstracts” Sept 2018 Finishing Concepts, Monterey Park CA “Under Construction” July 2018 PØST Gallery, DTLA “Spell Check” July 2018 George Billis, LA “Cityscape Show” July 2018 Muzeumm, LA “Gimme 5” Sept 2017 Mike Kelley Gallery, Venice CA “Gangbusters” Sept 2017 POST Gallery, LA “Blue” July 2017 Art Central Hong Kong Bluerider Art March 2017 Shomberg Gallery, Santa Monica CA Group Show February 2017 Saatchi Art, Santa Monica, CA “Mark-Making” February 2017 BLAM, LA “f.u.topiia” Feburary 2017 Art Palm Springs Group Show Feburary 2017 The Billboard Creative, LA Billboard Show December 2016 San Diego Art Institute, San Diego CA Southern California Baja Biennial December 2016 Torrance Art Museum, Torrance CA MAS Attack 13 November 2016 Carlos Blanco Studio LaBo Por Venezuela Bogota Colombia October 2016 La Estacion Arte Contemporaneo, Group Show Chihuahua, Mexico August 2016 Lancaster Museum of Art and History: Cedar “Cedarfest” June 2016 Forum Kortteli,Turku & Naantali Spa Gallery “Homing Pigeon” Lancaster CA, Naantali, Finland May 2016 Outpost Projects, Joshua Tree CA “UFOlogy” March 2016 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair Group Show Feburary 2016 Fabrik, LA MAS Attack 11 January 2016 Torrance Art Museum “An Odyssey” Sept 2015 George Billis, LA “The Landscape Show V” July 2015 George Billis, New York Group Show July 2015 Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica “Kachofugetsu:: Flowerbirdwindmoon” June 2015 Riverside Art Museum “California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California” May 2015 Gallery Antenna, Kyoto Japan “Homing Pigeon Edition IV:Kyoto” April 2015 Santa Monica Studios MAS Attack VII December 2014 Red Dot Art Fair, Miami Group Show December 2014 Oceanside Museum of Art “California Dreaming: An International Oceanside CA Portrait of Southern California” December 2014 Ichibeicho Gallery, Tokyo Japan i23, “From the Dust Returns” October 2014 Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco CA “Real Surreal” October 2014 Salon d’ingresso of Palozzo della “California Dreaming: An International Provincia da Frisone, Italy Portrait of Southern California” October 2014 Torrance Art Museum MAS Attack VI August 2014 Asia Hotel Art Fair, Seoul Korea Group Show August 2014 Art Taichung, Taipei Taiwan Group Show July 2014 George Billis LA “Cityscape Show IV” July 2014 Art Tainan, Taipei Taiwan Group Show March 2014 Palm Springs Art Fair Group Show February 2014 Red Dot Art Fair , Miami Group Show December 2013 Torrance Art Museum MAS Attack II October 2013 Gallery Lara, Tokyo “Homing Pigeon: Edition 2: Tokyo” October 2013
GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW JAUS, Santa Monica “Black and Blue Show” August 2013 George Billis LA “Cityscape Show III” July 2013 Gallery 85, San Jose CA “Huddle Up” June 2013 Palm Springs Art Fair Group Show February 2013 Red Dot Art Fair Miami Group Show December 2012 George Billis LA “Cityscape Show II” July 2012 LA Art Show Group Show January 2012 LACMA, Sales and Rental Gallery Group Show March 2009 Triton Museum, Santa Clara CA “Statewide Painting Competition and Exhibition” January 2008 Los Angeles Art Association "Field and Form" Gallery 825, LA September 2006 Aiden Riley Taylor Gallery, LA “Stars on Vine” June 2006 Los Angeles Art Association "Open Show" Gallery 825, LA December 2005 UpSpace, LA “Speak Easy” November 2005 Museum of Contemporary Art “Fresh: A Silent Auction of Emerging Los Angeles and Other Great Artist” June 2005 Venice Art Walk Art Auction May 2005 Long Beach Museum of Art “California Vision Art Auction XI” May 2005 Shomburg Gallery,, Santa Monica CA “Holiday Show 2004 December 2004 Los Angeles Art Association "Homeland Security" Gallery 825, LA September 2004 Los Angeles Art Association "Between One and Ten" Gallery 825, LA March 2004 Gallery C, Hermosa Beach CA "The Art of Paint" November 2003 Los Angeles Art Association "50/50 show" Gallery 825, LA May 2003 Los Angeles Art Association "Make Yourself at Home" Gallery 825, LA April 2003 Don O'Melveny Gallery "Peter Frank Selects" Los Angeles January 2003 Los Angeles Art Association "Pacifically Designed" Gallery 825, LA August 2002 Long Beach Arts "Show stoppers" Long Beach CA Group Show August 2002 L. A . Artcore, The Brewery "Wallworks" LA Juried Show April 2002 Digital Symphony, Burbank CA Group Show Feburary 2002 Los Angeles Art Association "Southern California Open" Gallery 825, LA December 2001 The Eyebeam Altelier, "Art Heals II" New York December 2002 BGH Gallery, Santa Monica CA "Art Heals" October 2001 The Hatch, LA "Suspending Detachment" September 2001 The Hatch, LA "The Drop-out Show" May 2001 The Hatch, LA "Shooting Nowhere" February 2001 Hollywood Digital, LA Group show December 2000 Los Angeles Art Association "Southern California Open" September 2000 Gallery 825, LA Juried show:1st Prize The Hatch, LA Group Show February 2000 BGH Gallery, Santa Monica CA Group Show December 1999 Hang Gallery, San Francisco CA Group Show December 1999 Los Angeles Art Association Group Show Gallery 825, LA August 1999 The Hatch, LA Group Show May 1999 Hang Gallery, San Francisco CA Group Show November 1998 The Hatch, LA Group Show September 1998 Los Angeles Art Association Group Show Gallery 825, LA August 1998 The Hatch, LA Group Show May 1998 LACMA, Los Angeles Group Show Sales and Rental Gallery March 1998
PUBLICATIONS The Santa Clara- Review May 2021 Metro San Jose- Review February 2021 Psychological Perspectives the Quarterly Journal of Jungian Thought January 2021 “Healing Cultural Divides: A Jungian Approach” Centerpoint Now, Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations December 2020 Fabrik February 2018 Diversions LA- Review May 2017 Artscene- Cover and Review May 2017 Art and Cake-Studio Visit April 2017 LA Weekly December 2016 The Creators Project December 2016 Fraction Magazine.com December 2016 The Art Newspaper, UK December 2016 Art Ltd.- Review November 2015 Flavorpill- Review August 2008 Artweek October 2007 Ions Noetic Sciences Review September 2003
COLLECTIONS De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA Resnick Collection, Los Angeles, CA LA Metro permanent Collection, Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Corporate Collection, Redmond WA Genencor International Collection, Palo Alto, CA Merril Corporation
GRANTS, RESIDENCIES and AWARDS Culver City Arts Foundation - Helms Bakery Projecting Possibilites 2021 Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs - DCA Emergency Relief Fund 2021 Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona “Ink and Clay 44” 2019 Jurors choice award Los Angeles Art Association – Juried show 1stt prize 2000