The Art of Painting in the 21st Century is an annual conference, in its tenth year, and is geared towards nurturing dialog on contemporary painting and the shared ideas that define current trends in the field. Many painters work alone, an isolated process that deprives the artist of thriving debate until the work is shown. This year’s conference will feature some of the most talented and well known painters working today. We are proud to be featuring world renown painters Chester Arnold, Alex Gross and Peri Schwartz.
In an intimate setting, interact with top artists in a way not possible elsewhere. UC Davis, home to artist Roy de Forest, Roland Peterson, Wayne Thiebaud, and Robert Arneson, was instrumental in defining a new direction for a uniquely West Coast style. Nowhere else in the country will the participant be able to interact and discuss the purity of painting in one place. Meet face-to- face with distinguished artists you might only otherwise read about. This year, a collegiate exhibition of the top 20 young college student painters will be on display. Many awards will be given to these young artists because they are the future painting. Peri Schwartz is from New York and works with abstraction from carefully curated still lifes. Chester Arnold spent his formative years in Germany which influenced his art making to center around ideas of perspective. Finally, Alex Gross; “His respect for the past, his intelligent sympathy for the alien, and his manifest love for his craft have made him very much an artist of our time”-Bruce Sterling, Los Angeles Times. Alex Gross is from New York and is currently in L.A. but is heavily influenced by the history of Japanese art. These three artists have unique perspectives and approaches to their professional work. The conferences goal is to provide these varying perspectives and allow interaction between young students and professionals in the field, fostering the strong tradition of painting and culture in the Northern California region through exposure and discussion.
The 10th Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century Conference was partically funded by a grant from the City of Davis.
CHESTER ARNOLD HANDS ON DEMONSTRATION: 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.
AWARDS CEREMONY: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
FEATURED SPEAKERS: 10a.m.-12p.m. Gamblin Oil Paint Presentation with Tom Colcord
1p.m. – Alex Gross world renowned painter “LA”
2:30 p.m. – Peri Schwartz Top female contemporary painter “NY”
PANEL DISCUSSION: March 31st, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
OPENING RECEPTION: March 31st, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Born in Santa Monica, California in 1952, Chester Arnold spent his formative years in Germany where he studied at Private Teachers in Munich. In the early ‘70s, Chester returned to California and studied at College of Marin in Kentfield, California before earning his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute.
Chester’s time in Germany exposed him to a European sensibility toward the arts; it was also where he absorbed the deep questions and self-examination that pervaded German culture during those years. He says “I was really attracted to northern Renaissance artists, especially Albrecht Durer, from early on — I’d say from the eighth grade…I saw the possibility of engaging much more deeply, of making art that is reverential in the way that Durer is, and at the same time, woven with the creativity in the individual.” Arnold’s paintings touch on the “inconsequentially of humankind,” and ideas of perspective, which often comes from an imaginary place.
Arnold’s exhibition history includes Donald Kuspit’s selection of his work for New Old Masters at the National Museum in Poland in 2006, and a major solo exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art.
Alex Gross lives in Los Angeles, California. In 1990, he received a BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Since then, he has had nine solo exhibitions at various galleries, and participated in dozens of museum and gallery exhibitions across the globe. His 2017 exhibition with Corey Helford Gallery will be his tenth solo exhibition.
In the summer of 2007, Alex’s first retrospective museum show was held at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California. Alex is a recipient of the prestigious Artist’s Fellowship from the Japan Foundation, and several faculty grants from Art Center College of Design, where he taught from 1994 to 2005.
In 2006, Chronicle Books published Alex’s first monograph, The Art of Alex Gross. Alex’s second fine art book, Discrepancies, was published by Gingko Press in 2010, and includes an introduction by former LA Weekly Art Critic Doug Harvey. In 2012, Gingko published Alex’s third book, Now And Then, The Cabinet Card Paintings of Alex Gross, which includes 98 mixed media paintings. October 2014 brought the release of Alex’s fourth book, entitled Future Tense, Paintings by Alex Gross, again published by Gingko Press. Future Tense is 96 pages, and features 40 paintings done between 2010 and 2014. The introduction was written by Caleb Neelon.
Antisocial Network is Alex’s first exhibition with Corey Helford Gallery, and the first time he has shown in Los Angeles in over a decade. The exhibition will contain about twenty full size paintings, several drawings, and over a dozen new cabinet card paintings.
Peri Schwartz is not exactly a still life painter. She builds abstractions out of real forms. The objects do not inform the work as much as the artist informs the objects. Schwartz does not merely paint or draw what she sees; she first creates what she wants to see until it is there, and then she puts brush to canvas, charcoal to paper. She uses glass bottles filled with colored oils for their translucency and layers these vessels in front of each other until the desired hue or opacity emerges, and then she paints it. If she knows she wants a particular shot of color in her work, she will bring it in. She will physically paint an object the color she wants and work it into her composition if needed.
The work is rigorously formal yet never stiff; the surfaces have a loose brushwork and casual air that make them very inviting. The steely charcoal and ink drawings on Mylar are bold and almost architectural. Drawn with a confident stroke, towers of books lean on and support each other; traces of grid marks define the picture plane, and then disappear – forcing the eye to jump to the next landing spot. The drawings are punctuated with dark and light shifts that keep the gaze zipping back and forth.
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521 First Street
Davis, Ca 95618