I will be having a group show in Los Angeles at the Rose Gallery this summer. It is a show called Reference and it includes a number of excellent painters and photographers (including Diane Arbus). The show opens June 17, 2017 and runs through August 19. There is more information at the gallery website. The Rose Gallery is located in Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave, G-5, Santa Monica.
Including some recent Bay Area urban landscapes
I am very excited to announce that I am to have my second solo show at the Paul Thiebaud Gallery. The show will be two floors of all new works. Part of the show will feature some new cityscapes of San Francisco, Oakland and New York. The other part will feature my new series Narratives – a collection of works that look at some aspects of narrative paintings and figurative subjects. It will be my first time showing work of this type. The paintings are inspired by film, often focusing on internal dramatic elements. A few of the featured paintings are below. Please come check the show out – it will be up from January 10, 2017 to February 25 with an opening reception on Saturday, January 14 from 3-5pm. The Paul Thiebaud Gallery is located at 645 Chestnut St in San Francisco.
I will be having a few paintings in the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art at EXPO Chicago this month with the Paul Thiebaud Gallery. The show is September 17-20, 2015 at the Navy Pier in Chicago. You can find more info on the expo here.
The SFWeekly featured a short review of my show at the Paul Thiebaud Gallery this week. It is by Jonathan Curiel.
The street is the inspiration for another noteworthy Oakland artist who’s exhibiting in San Francisco. At Paul Thiebaud Gallery, painter Jeff Bellerose shows off his skill as an interpreter of architectural forms and the enthralling angles and sight lines they can create against crowded skylines, deserted corridors, glowing streetlights, moving waterways, and the occasional tree. New York’s streets and bridges are the star of the exhibit “Jeff Bellerose: An Introduction — Recent Paintings.” Anyone who’s walked around Manhattan’s less touristy areas on a Sunday afternoon or evening, when other people disappear and the shadows create unique apertures, will recognize the scenes and moods that Bellerose layers onto his canvases. Sky, for example, has the viewer looking up at tall buildings that cascade toward a turquoise atmosphere. Bellerose’s painting cuts off the scene at an odd angle, so that the buildings — in effect, a triangle and two parallelograms — tuck the viewer into place. The forms create a feeling of intense space and dimension.
“A lot of my paintings are from memory,” says Bellerose, a self-taught painter whose parents paint professionally. “I use a photograph for detail, but a lot of it is I see something when I’m walking that I really like, and what I see is usually something about light or contrast or shapes and shadows, and something about the mood and feel of it.”
Bellerose’s paintings and Colla’s artwork both revel in a kind of urban impressionism. While Colla’s work channels a sense of defiance and anti-commercialism, Bellerose’s work celebrates the textures that exist in cities if you just look around. The exhibits are entirely complementary, even if — at first glance — they seem to have nothing in common.