Artist Spotlight- Hunt Rettig

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Hunt Rettig, a self taught abstract artist, is known for 3d assemblages that give the illusion of 2d illuminated digital images. Since youth, Rettig has had a general interest in kinetic art movement, which has fueled his inspiration and creative process. 

Rettig explores  geographic and psychologic terrain, in efforts to discover “familiar patterns that connect us as one.” The biomorphic shapes seen in his work suggest sensual elements that can be found in nature. “If it didn’t exist if it didn’t resonate, we wouldn’t be here.” – Hunt Rettig

 

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Artist Spotlight – Dirk De Bruycker

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Dirk De Bruycker was born in Belgium in 1955. Early on in his art career, he focused on drawing and printmaking, and eventually transitioned into abstract painting. De Bruycker painted with what he termed “internal emotional colors” allowing the viewer to have a visceral and emotional response when viewing his paintings in person. De Bruycker’s paintings are oil and mixed media, including asphalt, gesso and cobalt drier on canvas.
 

“Colors resonate psychologically.  I tend to use colors that I associate with inner life.  From the sensual to the melancholic, from a fragile beauty to mourning.  I mean it has to say something about the human experience.” – Dirk De Bruycker

 
De Bruycker passed in June 2016. His work is in the permanent collections at The New Mexico Museum of Art, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, MO and prominent private and public collections around the world.
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Dirk De Bruycker, “Rupture”, 72 x 60 x 2 inches, mixed media on canvas

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Dirk De Bruycker, “Pentas – II”, 72 x 60 x 2 inches, mixed media on canvas

Artist Spotlight – Christina Craemer

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Christina Craemer is a photographer and painter based in Los Angeles, CA. Her paintings and mixed media photography capture the calming effects that she observes in nature, whether waterfalls, trees, etc. The end goal of Craemer’s work is to help the viewer find a sanctuary for meditation when viewing the work. Craemer’s work can be found in prominent public and private collections around the world.

 

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Christina Craemer, “Wild Rose Tantrik”, 76 x 58 x 1.5, mixed media on canvas

Artist Spotlight – Julia Nee Chu

Screen Shot 2018-07-24 at 5.34.02 PM.pngJulia Nee Chu is a contemporary artist born in Shanghai, China , 1938, currently painting in Santa Monica, California. Nee Chu’s work revolves around nature and the movements of nature. The shapes of color and textures created within her paintings are a reflection of the physics of nature, motion, and human elements. Her work can be found in the Hong Kong Museum of Art and prominent public and private collections around the world.

“The focus of my painting has always had to do with nature or rather, the processes or movements of nature. One cannot copy nature, but through the process of painting one can experience the transformation of nature.” – Julia Nee Chu

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Julia Nee Chu, “Turning Blue”, 54 x 54 x 1.5 inches, acrylic on canvas

 

 

Upcoming Summer Group Show “Splash”

Save the date for our upcoming Summer Group Show “Splash”. FP Contemporary is excited to announce new artists @carlosramirezstudio and @probinsonart . The opening reception for “Splash” is Saturday, June 23. 3-5pm. The show will run through August 11th.

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Image 1: Carlos Ramirez, ‘The Magnolia Tree’, 72 x 60 x 1.5 inches, mixed media on canvas
Image 2: Paul Robinson, ‘Summertime’, 38 x 48 x 1.5 inches, mixed media photography

Artist Spotlight – Betty Gold: Velas Sculpture Series

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Betty Gold is a sculptor and painter based in Venice, California and Sante Fe, New Mexico. Gold was born in Austin, Texas in 1935 and continues to actively create paintings and and sculpture. Although Gold has traveled and worked in many different parts of the world, there is one location in particular that has had a significant influence on her creations: Mallorca, Spain.

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“Velas II”, Mallorca, Spain

In 2010, Gold’s sculpture series titled ‘Velas De Mar’ premiered at the Museu Ca’n Prunera. The series contained sculptures with a variety of different sizes along with photography and a short film. The inspiration for the Velas series was fueled by the movement of sailboats on the Mediterranean Sea around the port of Palma de Mallorca near her residence. The Government of the Balearic Islands commissioned ‘Velas II’ to be built as part of their highway beautification project. It stands twenty-six feet tall (eight meters) at a major interchange on the island of Mallorca (see image above).

The geometric construct of Gold’s creations have been displayed throughout North America, Europe, Asia and beyond, whether it be at the edge of a highway or alongside works by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro at the Estación del Ferrocarril de Sóller, in Sóller, Mallorca or at Casa Pomar Flores.

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In 2005, Gold was given a thirty-five year Retrospective, hosted by the City of Palma de Mallorca, at the centuries old Casal Solleric in the downtown’s historic district.

A full-length documentary titled “A Year with Betty Gold” debuted at The Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival in November 2017.

For further information, visit www.fpcontemporary.com

“Pulse” by LJ Chaplin

Thud thud,
like the beat of a battle drum,
Hallowed cries of victory
Within the capillaries
of your body,
A faint pulsation of adrenaline,
Fresh from the free fall of another
Spiralling of self control,
Beneath layers of fair, smooth skin
lies the undulating tide of blood
and oxygen,
Cascading down narrow slivers
of your veins.
each shuddered breath
is another catalyst of
Life,
Another slam on the accelerator
that surges you further down
the fast lane,
Those faint pulses of yours
Never cease to amaze me.

–  “Pulse” by LJ Chaplin

*click the images below to see details about Dirk De Brucker’s series of Pulse paintings