New Contemporary Gallery Opens in Beirut

 

Belvedere Art Space is an international contemporary art gallery located in the heart of downtown Beirut, Lebanon. It hosts a large selection of artworks in different mediums by established and emerging contemporary artists from all over the world.

It was started by a passion the two founding partners, Aal Chammaa and Nour Jarmakani had in common for contemporary art and their desire to bring this art to their home country. Both founders have complemented their interior design degrees with art history and curating certificates from the UK and the US and have been building portfolios and purchasing artwork for clients for several years.

Their main focus and passion is art from North America and the African continent but their extensive travels, client base, and work have brought them to an understanding and true admiration of art from all over the globe.

With a diverse yearly exhibition program and an educational program that involves seminars from artists and industry professionals to give both art collectors and art amateurs more insight into the international contemporary art world they are very excited to share this passion with both their local, regional and international community.

Solo Show in Monterrey Mexico with GE Galeria

Verbicky followed up a sold-out Zona Maco exhibition with GE Galeria in February 2018 with a solo exhibition in the gallery’s Monterrey, Mexico space. ‘Factor of Existence’ brought a large collection of new works to Mexico from the artist’s California studio, including large-scale ‘Bhavanga’ works on canvas. Click below to read more about the exhibition:

READ MORE: ‘Soothing Agitation’ on Ge Galeria’s website: https://www.gegaleria.com/blog/soothing-agitation-james-verbicky-s-factor-of-existence

ZONA MACO 2018 SOLD OUT SHOW with GE Galeria

2018 was a fantastic year at Zona Maco. GE Galeria, with locations in Mexico City and Monterrey, sold out of Verbickys!

Mindstream Exhibition Opens in Vancouver at Kostuik Gallery – April 2017

 

Excerpt, Kostuik Gallery

Edmonton, Alberta born, Southern California based Verbicky presents his Citta Samanta series and Cranes sont en, or “skull”, paintings – works with three-dimensional surfaces that transcend traditional painting and venture into the realm of sculpture, utilizing vintage media, graphics, advertisements and obsolete branding materials. Debuting as well is Verbicky’s new Bhavanga Series, a transfer of this artist’s ability to create large wall murals onto canvas, employing hand painted and stenciled works that include the subtle use of crystalina (“diamond dust”) in between the movement of his signature horizontal bands.

“Verbicky’s works are a shared psychic location, which reminds me most of the insightful 1960’s notion that information systems overload creates pattern recognition. It was a somewhat visionary and strangely exotic concept back then, but in today’s digital world it is simply the everyday place we all live in. And it is for that salient reason that he strikes me as being both a masterful neo-pop artist and a gifted interpreter of the neo-baroque culture we currently occupy, the electronic world in which all consuming immersive spectacle has become the fabula, or story, of our daily lives. His pieces are thus futuristic relics, mosaic-like stage sets where words and images collide as tertiary mandalas. They are nearly four-dimensional emblemata for a new secular age of sensational saturation.“

Immersive: The Neo-Baroque Paintings of James Verbicky by Donald Brackett

Luminescent Mind Exhibition Opens Madison Gallery – June 2017

Gallery Press Release:

La Jolla, March 31st, 2017– Madison Gallery presents James Verbicky’s ninth solo exhibition, Luminescent Mind: A Decade
of Works
. For over 10 years James Verbicky has established himself as one of Southern California’s leading contemporary artists. From abstraction to mixed media, Luminescent Mind: A Decade of Works will examine Verbicky’s creative progression. Popular culture imagery is used a dialogue between artist and viewer. From his media paintings composed of vintage magazines to his new large-scale ERA series on canvas. Verbicky’s heavily graphic aesthetics play with practice elements of Robert Rauschenberg as the artist prefers to leave interpretation to the viewer. Verbicky’s texts create a realm of constant dialogue between artist and viewer.

Verbicky original works are counted in hundreds of important private, public, celebrity, and museum collections in countries all over the world. He collaborates frequently with philanthropic organizations, using his artwork to raise thousands for nonprofits like Waterkeeper Alliance and the Art of Elysium. His works have been the focus of international exhibitions, from Berlin, to New York City, to Boston, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and have been auctioned by Sotheby’s & Christie’s.

The opening reception will feature an artist lecture led by Madison Gallery owner, Lorna York as part of Madison Gallery Artist Lecture Series. The lecture will focus on the art of collecting as well as the artist’s artistic and creative evolution. Emphasis will be placed on current contemporary art market practices, as well as the importance of collecting contemporary art.

Founded in 2001, Madison Gallery is committed to representing emerging, mid-career and established international artists whom work in a range of media. Inspired by an earnest dedication and passion for art, the gallery consistently exhibits a high standard of contemporary art. Madison Gallery works closely in building private, corporate and public collections thus placing it amongst the leading contemporary galleries in California. Blouin Modern Painters Magazine has recognized our program for the fourth year in a row as one of the Top 500 galleries worldwide.

Exhibition dates: May 27th – July 2nd, 2017
Venue: 1055 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 27th
Opening Reception Hours: 6-9 p.m.
Artist Lecture Hours: 7-8 p.m.
Contact us: 858-459-0836/info@madisongalleries.com

Era: Large-Scale Canvas Paintings

James has been experimenting with extremely large scale canvases to create a new series called ‘Era’ … mixed media, enamel on canvas, aluminum and wood.

 

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Oceana’s SeaChange Summer Party 2015

James Verbicky, Lauren Verbicky, and Matt Devine at the 2015 SeaChange Summer Party in Dana Point, CA.
James Verbicky, Lauren Verbicky, and Matt Devine at the 2015 SeaChange Summer Party in Dana Point, CA.

August 1st marked my third Sea Change Summer Party with Joanne Artman, benefiting the amazing conservation organization Oceana. The last two were held at a lavish villa in Laguna Beach, and this year the venue was a gorgeous pavilion overlooking the sea at the Strand in Dana Point, a developing oceanfront region that proved to be an awe-inspiring backdrop for the speakers of Oceana. The Pacific loomed beside us: beautiful, immense; a presence in the room.

Oceana does magnificently what would seem impossible: they pair a serious, sometimes downright grim topic (the devastation of our oceans) with lighthearted notes that elegantly allow the guest to engage with the material and actually hear what the speakers are sharing. They tell the truth about the seriousness of the situation, but also provide examples of their progress and success, allowing the listener to avoid shutting down: which I feel is a defense mechanism in our intensely media and news-saturated age. They are truly gaining ground and making an impact, and I am proud to have been able to donate and contribute during the auction portions of each event.

Artist James Verbicky with sister Lisa Verbicky at the Oceana SeaChange Summer Party
Artist James Verbicky with sister Lisa Verbicky at the Oceana SeaChange Summer Party
James Verbicky and Billie Joe Armstrong / Oceana Seachange Summer Party 2015
James Verbicky and Billie Joe Armstrong / Oceana Seachange Summer Party 2015
Jon Hamm / Oceana SeaChange Summer Party 2015
Jon Hamm / Oceana SeaChange Summer Party 2015
Actress January Jones discussing her love of sharks at the 2015 Sea Change Summer Party benefiting Oceana.
Actress January Jones discussing her love of sharks at the 2015 Sea Change Summer Party benefiting Oceana.

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