Julia Nee Chu | “Near and Afar” | Solo Exhibition


 Near and Afar


 Opening reception April 9, 2016 6-8pm

 “Near and Afar” runs April 9 through June 11, 2016

FP Contemporary is pleased to present Julia Nee Chu’s solo exhibition “Near and Afar”. This is Nee Chu’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in over 20 years.

“The purpose of my paintings, large or small, has always been to take the viewer along with me on a shared journey of experience and feeling that allows them to observe the multiple changes of plane and intensity of colors and paints. This is especially true in my recent small scale Portraiture-Like works.

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.

What is nature to me? The Chinese philosophy of nature is to find universal orientation. The elements of nature are earth, wind, water and sun. From the processes of nature or the physics of nature come matter, motion, space and mechanics and then the human elements. Human beings are just one small element of nature’s processes. Therefore, we are an integral part of nature and through the positive/negative, Yin and Yang, we arrive to become part of the unifying whole.

In China, the purest form of art is calligraphy. The spirit of the brushstroke, also called touch, is spontaneity and finality. Spontaneity is a reflection that comes directly from the mind. Finality is when ink touches paper. It cannot be erased.

The process of touching the paintbrush to the surface of the paper is called time. Time spent cannot be returned, so the process is precious. Therefore, the act of writing becomes a sacred act. This is why Chinese consider writing a way to exorcise evil. I drop paint on the surface of paper or canvas and leave marks to build up the density of time. This creates a universal space.

The brush (touch) movement is an important element of my painting. Movement is the force of transformation in nature. So my act of painting is not only about recreating a feeling of nature, but nature itself.

My act of painting is a dialogue between the conscious and the unconscious and the orientation of myself to the world” – Julia Nee Chu

Julia Nee Chu was born in Shanghai, China and currently lives and works in Santa Monica, California.


B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1978

M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1981

Art Studies, CHOUINARD Art Institute (Cal Arts Valencia, CA), 1960

Claudia Meyer | “CONTINUUM” | Solo Exhibition

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“Nature and human made elements are my unlimited sources of inspiration. More than often, I deliberately proceed to establish a harmonious dialog in between them. I then extract, suggest and eventually emphasize an actual or underlying element, and re-associate it within a different perspective through a three-dimensional approach and numerous supports. Transversality becomes my tool to re-defining invisibles boundaries of energy and flows. In other words, what I am trying to convey and accomplish is a sense of subliminal and uplifting dialog through colors, transparency and shapes.” – Claudia Meyer

The essence of Meyer’s creations consists of flows and energy and her creative inspiration draws upon all materials, including those produced by nature, and those invented by man. This expresses a great sense of freedom, as Meyer hand fashions cubes, rectangles, walls and installations, which are illuminated by the material and revealed by light. In this newest body of work, Meyer explores the nature of water and aquatic elements.

“I deliberately decided to emphasize the abstract shapes and richness of water, adding artificial light and playing with natural reflections and materials used. Indeed, water’s mirroring effects, its transparency, its flow and streams and the visual sensations it provides when looked at very thoroughly have always fascinated me. Most of the work that will be exhibited at FP Contemporary will incarnate the expressions of these observations.” – Claudia Meyer

Claudia Meyer is an independent artist and creator. She trained as a graphic designer at Hochschule für Gestaltung and Kunst in Luzern and spent a year in Stuttgart, Germany where she worked as a graphic artist and made the acquaintance of Anton Stankowski, the grand master of German design, in whose studio she was able to work.  Later on, she moved to New York and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, where she worked intensively on the possibilities of fabric design and modern technologies.  She has since been focusing full time on creating art using modern technologies and nature as her main sources of inspiration.


1978    College of Art & Design, Graphic Design Diploma, Switzerland

1982    Worked with Anton Stankowski

1983    Graphic Design & Advertising, Germany & Switzerland

1986    School of Visual Art, Computer Graphic NYC, USA

1987    Fashion Institute of Technology, Screen Printing, NYC, USA




National Women’s History Month

The West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board will host a reception for the artists of the Out & About Art Exhibition, a month-long art exhibit featuring noted women artists and curated by Brooke Mason, presented in celebration of National Women’s History Month in collaboration with the community initiative Women Manifest.

Curated by photographer Brooke Mason, the art show features works by Lee Bowers, Bibi Davison, Betty Gold, Julienne Johnson, Camella Da Eun Kim, Nicole Landau, Brooke Mason, and Joanne Chase Mattillo.

Of the women showing at the Out & About Exhibition is FP Contemporary artist Betty Gold, an internationally recognized geometric-abstract sculptor and painter whose work can be found globally in countless museums and prominent public and private art collections.

Betty Gold was born in 1935 in Austin, Texas. She attended the University of Texas with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Art History. After completing her studies, she entered the tutelage and apprenticeship of sculptor Octavio Medillan in Dallas, Texas in the late 1950’s. Since then, she has traveled the world extensively, studying and lecturing. Inspired by the cultures she has observed throughout her years of travel, her geometric sculptures resemble paper origami despite their steel construction. Although her large-scale outdoor sculptures appear to have come into existence effortlessly, they can weigh in the range of thousands of pounds to seven tons.

Gold creates paper and cardboard models at her studio in Venice, CA and while she travels. Here, she describes her process in creating a maquette sculpture, Mallorca II, which will be on display at WeHo City Hall:

“Mallorca II is part of a series created in my Palma de Mallorca studio. I start with a sheet of rectangle paper where I draw a geometric design. I then create a paper model, folding, cutting and playing with the parts until a sculpture is formed. Once I finalize the design, I take it to my factory in Los Angeles to cut and weld the steel after which it is powder coated. The color is chosen by the way I feel at that time.

I’m intrigued by the juxtaposition of using steel, which is considered to be a masculine material, to create sculptures that resemble the delicate art of origami that range between eight and twenty-eight feet tall. I feel this particular sculpture, Mallorca II, has a figurative sensibility, like a posed woman.”

Betty Gold is a great representative for National Women’s History Month and has consistently proven herself to be a pioneer for women in art, especially in the realm of sculpture. She turned the male-dominated sculpture world “on its head” by winning countless public art commissions starting in the early 1970’s. She became associated with MADI, an international abstract art movement, which she claims opened many doors for her. In 2005, Gold was honored with a major retrospective exhibition at the Casal Solleric Museum, a historic castle in Palma, Spain on the island of Mallorca. Exhibitions featuring the work of Columbian artist Fernando Botero and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo graced the same castle following Gold’s retrospective exhibition.

While Betty Gold turns 80 in February 2015, her career has never lost momentum in the approximately 50 years she has worked as a professional sculptor and painter. She is still as vital as ever.

Michael Kalish | “BLOOM!” | Solo Exhibition

“Roses”, six 3-dimensional wall sculptures, each panel is 32 x 32 x 8 inches, layered laser cut aluminum mounted on aluminum panels

FP Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening reception for “BLOOM!”, a solo exhibition featuring new works by internationally-acclaimed artist Michael Kalish.  His newest body of work contains multi-dimensional wall sculptures and standing sculptures consisting of layered laser cut aluminum, a material that contrasts the delicate subject of many works in Kalish’s exhibition – roses.

Dirk De Bruycker | “In Tribute” | Retrospective Exhibition

We are all saddened by the passing of Dirk De Bruycker, who was a dear friend and a phenomenal artist. He will be sorely missed.

Photo credit: Eric Minh Swenson April 2015

In a recent Hamptons magazine article, Dirk stated:

“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.”

The following was published in the Santa Fe New Mexican on August 16, 2015:


Long-time Santa Fe artist, Dirk De Bruycker passed away unexpectedly at his home on the morning of July 26th. Born in Ghent, Belgium in 1955 he relocated to Santa Fe in the 1980’s. During the past few decades he divided his time between New Mexico and Granada, Nicaragua. Regarding his migratory lifestyle he said: ‘I think some of the intensity and sensuality of Latin America has crept into my work. There is a feeling of unease here below the surface that is palpable and yet it is so beautiful. The force of life there is so strong; it permeates everything – you can literally hear things grow. I think it is some of that intensity of life, which is very different from my cooler northern European sensibilities that I have allowed to surface in the paintings.’ He had over 45 solo shows, the first one in Belgium in 1981. Most recently he has been showing his work in Santa Fe, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boca Raton, Scottsdale, Jackson Hole and Ketchum, Idaho. His vibrant and luminous canvases reveal what he referred to as a “fragile beauty, a kind of dangerous beauty.” He is survived by his daughter Claudia Ninoska De Bruycker, his wife Felipa de los Angeles Mondoy Perez (Veronica), four brothers and one sister, Lucas De Bruycker, Riet Michiels-De Bruycker, Erwin De Bruycker, Wouter De Bruycker and Geert De Bruycker. Dirk will be greatly missed but his contribution to the art world will live on.

You can view and sign the guest book at the Santa Fe New Mexican website.

Photo credit: Eric Minh Swenson April 2015

There will be a retrospective solo exhibition featuring Dirk De Bruycker’s paintings at FP Contemporary opening on November 7, 2015.

Dirk De Bruycker, Five In Motion, 84 x 72 x 2 inches, Mixed Media On Canvas