24 Aug The 3rd Annual Coaster Show & Harold Fox
The 3rd Annual Coaster Show
& Harold Fox “Into Oblivion”
September 4 – 27, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 4th, 8-11 PM
Closing Party: Sunday, Sept. 27th, noon-six PM
Harold Fox “Into Oblivion”
From earliest childhood I have always enjoyed making pictures. Life itself is like a dream, but inspiring. I try to create in pictures an ambiance or mood perhaps a bit of deja vu. I try to illustrate enough identifiable reality in which may accrue a surreal undertone. We are groping in a haze of lost values and ambiguous ethics.
— Harold Fox
Harold Fox has been in retirement for quite a few years now, but you’d never know it from his output. His paintings are vivid reminiscences of a bygone era. If Charles Bukowski used paintbrushes instead of a typewriter, the outcome might look something like this. But there’s also a bit of Steinbeck and Hemingway and a whole lot of Nightmare Alley. Like a skid row Robert Williams, or a sideshow Frank Cassara, Fox’s work is both cartooned, but realistic, with the types of surrealist flourishes that would make Dali proud. Fox’s is a dark, shadowy world of second rate carnivals, low rent flophouses and dustbowl trailer parks filled with ornery hustlers, scheming grifters, and Machiavellian femmes fatales, as witnessed by a support cast of affable hobos and menacing clowns.
When you find an artist whose collector base is composed mostly of other artists, you know you’re onto something. And it’s not enough that his paintings are the cat’s pajamas, he also custom carves his own frames. The resultant tramp art aesthetic adds a whole other dimensionality to the work, as each frame seems predestined for the piece that occupies it.
Just as last year, Harold’s show has completely sold out, but we’re maintaining a list of interested buyers, so contact the gallery director ASAP to get on the early notification list.
Contact Matt Kennedy, Gallery Director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667
The Coaster Show 2015
It’s hard to believe this year is already the third annual installment of the La Luz de Jesus Coaster Show! What started as a last minute substitution has grown into one of the most anticipated events of the LA Art Scene.
We’ve all done it. We’ve sat at the bar, drinking a beer and doodled on a coaster.
But most of us aren’t the extremely skilled painters, illustrators, animators, tattooists, sculptors or collage artists that are featured in this exhibition that takes a love of craft brewing and elevates it to high art.
We produced a custom canvas for some of our favorite gallery folks to do what they do best, and transform a 4″ tondo coaster into museum worthy exhibition pieces.
In the past two years, we’ve dotted our walls with tiny masterpieces, but this year we’ve outdone ourselves–with over 1000 pieces displayed in tee gallery!
Each coaster is a solitary work priced $250 or less.
Patron’s with a purchase history get the option to buy early–so contact the director for details. Single coaster sales will be open to the general public on opening night.