The Painter's Room is pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition of paintings by the Independent Painter's Association (IPA DTSA), a group of nine artists who will be running the space in the basement of the historic Santora Arts Building.
The exhibition space was previously Basement Projects, run by local artist Christian Ramirez from 2016-2018. Ramirez has now expanded and updated the mission of the space, teaming up with Vonn Sumner, a painter and professor of painting & drawing at Fullerton College, as well as several other painters including: Julia Bass, John Brosio, Randall Cabe, Gabriela Castillo, Annie Compean, John Scane, and Jason Umfress. These painters are diverse in background, experience, and artistic sensibility, but they all share a commitment to the history and contemporary practice of painting. The group meets in the space regularly for discussions, critiques and debates, thus the name of the gallery: The Painter’s Room.
“Roll Call” is an introductory exhibition of paintings by each artist, representing who they are as painters individually, and creating a visual dialogue between them collectively. The show, then, is a visual companion to the ongoing dialogue about painting that the group is having. Unexpected similarities and echoes arise from the installation, exposing the painters’ shared love of the medium while still presenting each of their very distinct artistic personalities. The exhibition is rich and rewarding for painters and those already familiar with the language of painting, as well as accessible and rewarding for the most casual, uninitiated viewer.
We are also proud to present, in collaboration with Martinez Gallery, “Soft Self” featuring new works by Santora artist and IPA member Julia Bass. Julia’s paintings are informed by her relationship to nature, with a process that brings printmaking, painting and collage together to create personal and emotionally affecting works with universal appeal.
The Painter's Room will feature an array of diverse exhibitions by artists outside of the IPA group. The space will also host an eclectic range of events and happenings, relating to but not limited to the practice and discourse of painting.
The Painter’s Room: “Roll Call”
Martinez Gallery: “Soft Self” New Works by Julia Bass
March 2 – March 31 2019
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