SoLA Gallery, the gallery arm of nonprofit and artist-run organization South Bay Contemporary, is pleased to host two South Bay, Los Angeles artists, Steve Shriver and Candice Gawne.
Curated by Peggy Sivert Zask, Director, SoLA Gallery
Artists Steve Shriver and Candice Gawne
On View May 25 – June 22, 2019
Opening Reception Saturday, May 25, 2019, 4-7 PM
Steve Shriver, Dolla Days
Shriver’s selection of paintings, entitled “Dolla Days,” is a deeply personal reflection on how his life changed following a bicycle accident that nearly killed him three years ago. This exhibit will, in fact, be his first showing since the accident.
As a well-known figure in his community, Shriver’s accident caused a significant impact as his fans and loved ones remembered his artistic contributions. Shriver is a master painter of decorative art, his talent sought after not only locally, but also by the likes of celebrities and iconic Las Vegas establishments for his grand, Renaissance-style murals and ornamental technique (which is apparent in all the paintings’ frames, which he designed).
But life took a turn for Shriver, when riding along Pacific Coast Highway in the spring of 2016, he was struck and airlifted from the scene of the accident, undergoing many hours of surgery and treatment for brain damage, punctured organs and broken bones. Shriver has made a lot of progress over the years, as well as a comeback as an artist.
“After the accident,” he says, “I was happy to learn that I still could draw and make art, and the experience has given me much to think and make art about.”
Candice Gawne, Voyeur: A Spy in the House of Life
For Candice Gawne, her theme is “Voyeur: A Spy in the House of Life.” While Gawne is originally known as a painter, she was successful at transitioning her focus to neon as a medium and is well-known for her neon sculptures. Gawne has always been fascinated by the energy of light entering darkness, which is at the core of all her work. Her showing at SoLA Gallery will be a return to her love of painting, specifically a series of encaustic paintings. Encaustic is a technique that uses hot wax. “I work building layer by transparent layer of encaustic to bring my ‘vision-feeling’ into view,” she explains.
Her highly textured encaustic paintings are emotive, and represent her passion of noticing the “stills” of people and spaces that “light up in the proscenium of my imagination,” and her desire to steal away to her studio and capture these fleeting moments in a work of art.
“Many ‘sightings’ are lost to the flow of life, a painful evaporation of a vision,” says Gawne. “It is strange to feel so much love for my subjects alone in my studio. Painting is living my dream and feeling my love of being alive in this world.”
Gawne maintains a studio in The Loft building in downtown San Pedro. Since 1975, her oil paintings, neon sculptures and art furniture have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Berlin, Tokyo and Taiwan. She has original work in many corporate, public and private collections including those of Corning Museum of Glass and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.