‘Endless Summer’ 50th Anniversary Art Show Debuts in Venice Beach

Great night last night at the 50th Anniversary Art Show opening for the classic 1964 surf movie ‘Endless Summer’, hosted by ARTSEEN, Bruce Brown Films & Esquire Magazine. I was one of 9 artists, including famed ‘Endless Summer’ cover artist John van Hamersveld, to exhibit works honoring the film. It was a fun night. Here are some shots of the opening… Exhibition runs through Labor Day Weekend. Info below.

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“In 1964 a young filmmaker named Bruce Brown set out on a quest following two surfers on a surfing trip around the world.  As the title suggests if one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer around the world, making it “endless”. He created a timeless classic, an iconic film that inspired generations and is beloved by millions.

Art Seen & Esquire present The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition.  Inspired by the Endless Summer film, the exhibition will feature a group of 8 celebrated artists.  John Van Hamersveld, Woody Risk, Laddie John Dill, Dev N Gosha, Ryan Snow, James Verbicky, Miguel Osuna and Brad Howe sill present original works of art inspired by the film.  John Van Hamersveld, the artist who created the now iconic movie poster, will also be present to sign limited edition fine art prints of the original poster (all artworks and prints are available for purchase).”

Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Art Show / Opening, Thursday August 28th, 2014

 

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My piece for the show. Mixed Media on Panel. © James Verbicky

 

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Some friends and I took the ole lambo out for a spin.

‘Two Standout Artists of the Dallas Art Fair’ : Artsy Spotlights James Verbicky & Hunt Slonem:

Two Standout Artists at the Dallas Art Fair

Artsy Editorial (CLICK TO VIEW ON THE ARTSY SITE

Analog or digital? This question—perhaps the defining one of our time—is at the heart of James Verbicky’s “media paintings,” large-scale, glossy assemblages composed of vintage magazine cutouts applied in horizontal grids to Baltic birch panels, and finished with a slick of resin. Homages to print media and the now-benign language and designs of vintage advertising, Verbicky’s colorful collages absorb the bold text and formal flourishes of pages pulled from decades-old copies of TIME, foreign publications, and books collected at flea markets. With no shortage of nostalgia in his voice, Verbicky says in an online video that delves into his magazine-strewn studio, “printing is such a dying media, this was the main way of influencing people back then.” In his eye-catching works, which explode with visual information and draw from the vocabulary of both Pop and Minimalism, these relics of print media are “sealed in time,” the artist says.

James Verbicky / Papillon En Fleur 2 ( Butterfly in Bloom)
James Verbicky / Papillon En Fleur 2 ( Butterfly in Bloom)n

Another artist to draw elements from Pop, Hunt Slonem—who you may know for his series of portraits of Abraham Lincoln and his mural that adorns the much-loved Manhattan institution, the Bryant Park Grill, as well as his signature paintings of exotic birds and butterflies—has said of his practice, “I was influenced by Warhol’s repetition of soup cans and Marilyn. But I’m more interested in doing it in the sense of prayer, with repetition…It’s really a form of worship.” Slonem employs this meditative strategy in captivating gouache and oil renderings of parrots, doves, macaws, and cockatoos—subjects that have been something of an obsession for the artist, all featuring in his personal aviary at his home in the American South. The New Yorker once reported that the artist could be found in his studio “painting away with a bird or two on his shoulders.” Among the tropical birds and butterflies that inhabit his paintings are rabbits, which Slonem began painting after discovering he was born in the year of the rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac calendar.

 

Focusing on their respective fixations has paid off for Verbicky and Slonem, whose works are richly patterned and imbued with tender reverence for their subjects. You can find their work, alongside others, at Madison Gallery’s booth at the Dallas Art Fair, April 10–13, 2014.

 

Hunt Slonem 'Untitled CHL0290' Blue Bunnies
Hunt Slonem
‘Untitled CHL0290’
Blue Bunnies

Explore Madison Gallery’s both at the Dallas Art Fair.

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Art for Water: Los Angeles / Verbicky Donates Original Painting for Waterkeeper Alliance

Waterkeeper Alliance presents Art for Water: LA
Waterkeeper Alliance presents Art for Water: LA

After successfully donating and helping to raise funds for the Waterkeeper Alliance earlier this year in NYC, James Verbicky is excited to be participating in this fall’s Art for Water: LA event!! Waterkeeper Alliance president Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will join artist chair Ed Ruscha in Los Angeles on September 25th, 2013.

In collaboration with Madison Gallery / http://www.madisongalleries.com

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Crowd of supporters for Art for Water Los Angeles, Christie's Auction to Benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance
Crowd of supporters for Art for Water Los Angeles, Christie’s Auction to Benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance
Verbicky original citta samtana diptych on view in Los Angeles at the Christie's moderated auction to benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance.
Verbicky original citta samtana diptych on view in Los Angeles at the Christie’s moderated auction to benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance.
Verbicky original citta samtana diptych on view in Los Angeles at the Christie's moderated auction to benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance.
Verbicky original citta samtana diptych on view in Los Angeles at the Christie’s moderated auction to benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance.
Verbicky original citta samtana diptych on view in Los Angeles at the Christie's moderated auction to benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance.
Verbicky original citta samtana diptych on view in Los Angeles at the Christie’s moderated auction to benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance.

Verbicky Piece Raises Funds for the 2013 Art of Elysium ‘Pieces of Heaven’ Christie’s charity auction

Wednesday marked the 2013 Art of Elysium ‘Pieces of Heaven’ charity auction, and it was a huge success, raising 60k with help from such artists as Shepard Fairey, David Arquette, Mr. Brainwash, James Rosenquist, and Donald Sultan. The auction was operated by Christie’s, and sponsored by Ciroc Vodka. Here are a few shots from the night!

Christie's selected James Verbicky's 'Citta Samtana 19' for the live auction portion.
Christie’s selected James Verbicky’s ‘Citta Samtana 19’ for the live auction portion.
Crowd at the 2013 Art of Elysium 'Pieces of Heaven' Auction
Crowd at the 2013 Art of Elysium ‘Pieces of Heaven’ Auction
Topher Grace and Art of Elysium founder Jennifer Howell
Topher Grace and Art of Elysium founder Jennifer Howell
David Arquette at the 2013 Art of Elysium 'Pieces of Heaven' Auction
David Arquette at the 2013 Art of Elysium ‘Pieces of Heaven’ Auction
Artist James Verbicky with his Piece at the 2013 Art of Elysium 'Pieces of Heaven' Auction
Artist James Verbicky with his Piece at the 2013 Art of Elysium ‘Pieces of Heaven’ Auction
Citta Samtana 19 by James Verbicky, donated to the 2013 Art of Elysium 'Pieces of Heaven' Auction
Citta Samtana 19 by James Verbicky, donated to the 2013 Art of Elysium ‘Pieces of Heaven’ Auction

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair 2013

Palm Springs Fair 2013 James Verbicky, featuring 'Cranes Sont En' (The Skull)
Palm Springs Fair 2013 James Verbicky, featuring ‘Cranes Sont En’ (The Skull)

Selected by ARTINFO as one of the Top Ten Must-Sees at the 2013 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair!

Sneak Peek of ERA. — solo exhibition opening January 19th, 2013 at Madison Gallery

While the majority of the collection will be revealed right before the exhibit opens, here is a sneak peek of a new piece for James Verbicky’s solo exhibition ERA. opening January 19th, 6-9 pm at Madison Gallery in La Jolla, CA.

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Future Primitive 3 by James Verbicky (detail)
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Future Primitive 3 by James Verbicky (detail)
Future Primitive 3, James Verbicky
Future Primitive 3, James Verbicky

Verbicky Exhibiting in Group Show @ DTR Modern Boston

James is now exhibiting in Boston with DTR MODERN Galleries. A collection of new pieces are currently on display in the group exhibition Pop Art: Today + Yesterday with Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Robert Mars, and Andy Warhol.

Here are a few of the pieces! Exhibition to run 6 / 30 / 2012 ~ 7 / 30 / 2012
http://www.dtrmodern.com

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Blitz 8 by James Verbicky

Diffuse 20 by James Verbicky