Artist's Opening Reception
Saturday, May 21st, 5pm - 8pm.
Gallery 169 is extremely proud & honored to announce & host a show featuring works of Douglas Bond.
The exhibit "Plums & Bums" highlights a shift in SoCal artist Douglas Bond's work that grew out of a move to a rural area on the central coast of California. In contrast to earlier works which were painted from found photographs with the evidence of his hand eliminated to produce a meticulous photographic quality, more recent paintings and drawings in the exhibit explore imagery from his own life rendered in a more activated, sensuously charged manner. From a distance these newer works also appear crisp and clear, but up close the agitated surfaces undulate with a soft pulse. About this work Bond comments, "The world doesn't need more still-life or nude imagery. But after years of laboring with more formal art concerns, I was drawn into the intimacy of these humble genres...and the challenge. There is not a message that underlies their content, and I view them as total abstractions."
Douglas Bond has lived and worked in California since the early 60s. Receiving his MFA from Cal State LA, he was a Professor of Fine Art at Pasadena City College in the 80s and 90s. He has had over twenty solo exhibitions nationwide, and has participated in over eighty group shows, both nationally and internationally. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.
"Plums & Bums" will be on view at Gallery 169 from May 21st - July, 2016.
Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening.