1821 Gallery is pleased to present, Spaces of Desire, Architectural Paintings by Nick Potter and Peter Janzen. Since first meeting at Fresno State in 2007, Potter and Janzen, despite having very different backgrounds and influences, have pursued similar themes in their depictions of modernist architecture. Nick Potter’s paintings use architecture as a prism to examine symbols of power and propaganda. His idealized, pseudo-utopias are often highly seductive. On the surface, the architectural elements and furniture are symbols of success, however as one contemplates the ideal further, we become aware that... Read the Rest →
1821 Gallery & Studios will be exhibiting the work of MAXINE OLSON February 21– March 31. The show is titled It’s All About Sex and explores human sexuality and relationships, along with social commentary, in a series of 9 oil paintings. In her artist statement Olson says, “From the very beginning, human nature in all its stages has been the basis for creating my work. People’s attitudes, biases, prejudices and the way they look, act and feel, both culturally, spiritually, and sexually have provided the content for my paintings, drawings... Read the Rest →
Happy New Year! We are excited to start the new year with New Work by mixed media artist Michael Garcia This outstanding body of work will be exhibited from January 3 through February 17. Garcia will be showing 19 new pieces. He creates richly textured works on panels with a process that involves building up layers of paint then tearing them down by scraping, sanding, burning, to reveal a surface that has the abused and weathered quality of an object damaged by time. Garcia’s work reflects his immersion in Japanese culture and aesthetic, from ten... Read the Rest →
RON WIGGINTON “HOW IT HAPPENED” NOVEMBER 29TH-DECEMBER 30TH, 2017 1821 Gallery is currently exhibiting the delightful and thought provoking illustrations from Ron Wigginton’s new book “HOW IT HAPPENED” This story, about the beginning of everything, was born from the imagination of his 5 year old daughter, Sophia. In their months-long collaboration these images flowed from another world and Ron painted it. An excerpt form the book reads, “Once when every thing was nothing, and nothing contained every thing, the first stories began. Soon after, the subjects of the stories emerged... Read the Rest →
ADAM LONGATTI “OBSCURA” OCTOBER 4- NOVEMBER 11 ARTIST RECEPTION: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7TH 5-8 PM ART HOP, OCTOBER 5TH & NOVEMBER 2ND 1821 Gallery & Studios is excited to be presenting a completely new body of work by local artist and instructor Adam Longatti titled “Obscura”. This collection is a resonance of experiences gleamed from his life experiences in the Central Valley of California. Some paintings are imagined without visual references; some are from direct observation and physical experience; and some are a combination of both. But each has a non-direct... Read the Rest →
1821 Gallery & Studios will be exhibiting the work of Neal Breton, June 21 – July 28, 2017. Neal Breton, a New Hampshire native, currently residing in San Luis Obispo, has been professionally painting for 20 years. His bold color selection and creative interpretation of familiar subjects are unique and brilliant. Neal’s artist statement speaks volumes about him; one time in kindergarten I was assigned crayons and a piece of cardboard, “draw something and we will cut it out for you”. Others made jets, fire trucks and racecars. I made... Read the Rest →
1821 Gallery & Studios is delighted to welcome back Peggy Jelmini. The award winning local artist has enjoyed critical & commercial success throughout her career and these 16, never before exhibited pieces, certainly reflect her talents. “Being inspired by the shear beauty and uniqueness of the scenery and the landscape of our valley has been something inherit in my challenge to express feelings on canvas. Beyond the physical characteristics of the landscape there is something hopeful in a sunset of colors capturing it’s fleeting magic at the end of the... Read the Rest →
1821 Gallery & Studios is pleased to welcome back Gordon Senior and Eleanor Wood. Their new exhibition “Silent Journeys: Sculpture and Works on Paper will run March 1- April 8, 2017. The major themes running through Gordon Senior’s sculptures identify frozen moments in time, significant pauses in the migratory passage and the wild or domesticated grasses and grains that have become part of our staple diet. These are explored through various contrasting materials such as wood, alabaster, cast plaster, laminated plywood and bronze. His drawings contain differing images of... Read the Rest →
For February ArtHop, February 2nd, 1821 Gallery & Studios will be featuring the explosive and colorful work of Dale Oftedal. Oftedal has a Masters in Fine Arts and has taught at West Hills college in Coalinga and Fresno State University. He has worked for CBS-TV New York doing corporate design and was Assistant Art Director for the New York Herald Tribune newspaper Sunday Magazine “NEW YORK”. His artwork is in many public and private collections around the world.
Thomas Spears returns to 1821 Gallery and Studios for his second solo exhibition titled Cathedral. This body of work consists of paintings and collage/decollage works made from materials such as motor oil, salt, metal leafing, and spray paint. Spears multi-objective works inquire about the construction of generational relationships, landmarks, and boundary divisions. Come join us for Arthop on January 5th from 5-8 pm and an artist’s reception January 7th from 4-7pm.