November Artist Focus at Galerie Le Royer, Montreal, Quebec.
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
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
James has been experimenting with extremely large scale canvases to create a new series called ‘Era’ … mixed media, enamel on canvas, aluminum and wood.
James Verbicky was just featured in the summer 2013 issue of LUXE magazine, Orange County.
“Initially, I thought of my work as a kind of branding warfare,” says artist James Verbicky of the three-dimension works he creates using vintage media and advertisements in his San Clemente studio and shows through the Joanne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach and Madison Gallery in La Jolla. “It still is, but it’s also an exploration. I take things out of context, chop them up, remove parts and give them a new meaning.” Verbicky, who obtained an extraordinary ability green card to stay in the U.S. after leaving his native Canada, began as an abstract painter and experienced a pivotal turning point when he was selected to show a piece at the Louvre in 2008. While exhibiting in Paris, Verbicky began collecting ephemera from vendors along the Seine, which sparked his mixed-media evolution. “I now make paintings without paint,” admits the artist, who scours obscure and foreign magazines from the 1900s to the ‘60s for materials. “I mess with past information design to influence us,” he says. “My goal is to create something that’s both mind-blowing and different.”
“I’m working on an exhibition in collaboration with DTR Modern Galleries for the National art Gallery in Bulgaria. The Museum recently exhibited Damien Hirst’s show “New Religion,” so I’m very excited. I’ll be revealing a collection created on a scale I’ve never attempted.
Gerhard Richter and Elmgreen & Dragset
The Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. It’s sleek, beautiful and modern, and the restaurants there have amazing Caribbean dishes.
The Palace of Versailles has featured some impressive modern art installations. I love the juxtaposition of ultramodern art with the sweeping historical majesty of the place. It would be a huge honor to exhibit work there.
Ice cream and plenty of expresso.
I’M HAPPIEST WHEN…
I’ve finished a show, and I walk around the studio. Everything is gone, on it’s way. Once the place is clear, the studio becomes a blank canvas again, and I’m ready to work.
– LUXE magazine, summer 2013
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!