From the West of Lincoln Project, click here to view.
Dear Collectors & Fans,
I am excited to announce that the portrait paintings in the West of Lincoln Project are now available to collectors prior to the solo exhibition at SPARC in Venice, CA, 2017.
Every painting in the portrait series will include the written biography that accompanies it.
“Fear Is A Liar” has sold, however prints will be available upon request for every piece in the series.
Prices start at $2000.00 for the original paintings, while art prints will range around $100.
Please let me know if I can furnish you with any additional images, a studio visit, or set up a payment plan.
Thank you for taking the time to preview 8 out of the 13 paintings in this historic series.
Have a time in your life immortalized by participating in this historic art project about Venice.
This will be a large painting with multipal images as the final piece in the West of Lincoln Project. If you have a photograph and story related to Venice that you would like to include as part of this project, please read on.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE LIVED IN VENICE FOR THIS.
SUBMISSIONS 1 . 2 . 3 . 4
- First, use the contact form below to let me know your interested.
- Email me a high-resolution scan of your photo that is related to Venice at (RuthChaseFineArt@ymail.com).
- Sign a release for your audio story & image. PHOTO RELEASE
- Then, I will help you audio record your story about the picture.
HEAD OVER TO MY NEW WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE
Untitled group painting so far, more to go!
When this painting is displayed, there will be headphones to listen to every story related to the images that tell stories about Venice.
My notes from painting Fear is a Liar, a portrait featuring Brad James
Brad was the first to be painted in the series. Brad and I met as little kids, crossing paths at the local church and the church summer camps. Later, I remember Brad being there when learning how to smoke pot at that church in a refrigerator box someplace out of sight on the property. I also knew who a few of his brothers were. Over the years, I wouldn’t see much of Brad until we worked together on this project.
In the painting Fear is a Liar, I had many visits from Brad’s deceased brother Kevin. I could feel a spirit saying it was Brad’s “good looking” brother, in a playful and humorous way. This energetic visitor had a feeling of remorse and was somber about how he had treated Brad when they were kids. He was clearly not feeling guilt; rather a sense of loss of missed opportunity at being a better brother for Brad. While painting, the spirit came several times to give his input on the work. The color red was important to Kevin’s idea about interpreting Brad’s life experience. Red was used to symbolize life, both lost and lived intensely. The wings are there upon Brad’s approval to represent how Kevin watches over Brad, as his guide. When it came time to paint Brad’s face, it seemed like the wolf was representative of his energy. Brad told me the wolf had always represented how he felt being a “James” boy. The wolf is wild. It runs in packs, it is a scavenger, and a survivor. Brad really wanted included was a “V” to show his home town allegiance to Venice. Just before finishing this painting, I was sitting down to sew. Thinking while sewing, I started to question the idea of Kevin’s spirit visiting me. “Was this just something my mind made up?” In that moment, my sewing machine surged. It took off. I checked the pedal and even flipped off the power, but the machine kept running. I had to unplug the machine to turn it off. With that I acknowledged Kevin as really having visited me. Thankfully, he hasn’t shown up again since finishing the painting. He had a lot of impact on the piece; however Brad was the main curator of the painting. Growing up in Venice was complicated. I committed to this series after painting Brad’s story because I realized it was important to share the wisdom that came from such a multilayered place.
written by Ruth Chase Boudreaux
edited by Gena Lasko
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Acrylic on canvas, 3×3′, 2016
– Eddie Hadvina
VIEW MORE ABOUT THIS SERIES
ArtBlock Open Studios
Sunday, May 15th, 2016 from 1-6pm
Free to the public
Located at the studio of Francisco Letelier on Indiana Court at 6th Ave. in Venice, CA
West of Lincoln is a painting series that portrays individuals who grew up in an area within Venice, CA., reflecting the most divers population of the city. Each portrait has become a sort of love letter to Venice, paying tribute to a population of people who shaped the history of this community, while seeking to preserve their historic significance.
Eye to Eye presents portrait work by local artists Ruth Chase, Dee Anne Dinelli, Claudia Jeffers, Giulia Sbernini, and Alicia Vandevorst that explores how we look, our vantage points. The pieces in this show develop that theme in several directions, addressing how to see the integrity of a life, retrospectively and in the moment, in the spheres of social justice, psychology, and philosophy. All five of these artists are especially excited by the sort of looking that helps each person to accept and welcome what is or has been, even what might seem unpleasant or disturbing at first glance. They are interested in what brings us ‘eye to eye’.
Art Reception Friday May 6th, 5:00-8:00.
Gallery Hours Tuesday-Sat, Noon-5:00.