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

Vasana Exhibitions Opens at Madison Gallery

Artist James Verbicky 'Era 1' © james verbicky Photo by Tim Hardy

VASANA: New Works By James Verbicky |

Madison Gallery is proud to debut a new collection of monumental works by multi-disciplinary, Polish Canadian artist James Verbicky.

Widely known for his mixed media works utilizing vintage paper and resin, Verbicky simultaneously exposes his artistic prowess and elevates his own preceding collage work as he projects his vision onto large scale hand-painted canvases. By aggrandizing his own work he is able to spotlight key forms and content, enveloping the viewer in an overwhelming visual field of media and color. Also on display from his sanskrit-inspired series will be new ‘Vasana’ works, orbs of mesmerizing color, and the much sought-after ‘Citta Samtana’ series.

James Verbicky was born to Polish Canadian parents in Edmonton in 1973. His work was selected by the Societie Nationale des Beaux-Artes for an exhibition at the Carrousel du Louvre at the Louvre in Paris, France. His work is counted in many important private, public and celebrity collections worldwide, and he exhibits internationally from Berlin to Mexico City to across the United States. He currently works by the beach in southern california, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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James Verbicky with Fashion icon Elyse Walker
James Verbicky with Fashion icon Elyse Walker

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‘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 Interviewed in LUXE Magazine in Orange County / Summer 2013

James Verbicky was just featured in the summer 2013 issue of LUXE magazine, Orange County.

Artist James Verbicky in LUXE magazine, Orange County Edition, Summer 2013
“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.”

CURRENT PROJECT:
“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.

ART ICONS
Gerhard Richter and Elmgreen & Dragset

FAVORITE HOTEL:
The Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. It’s sleek, beautiful and modern, and the restaurants there have amazing Caribbean dishes.

DREAM EXHIBITION:
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.

GREATEST INDULGENCES:
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

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

17TH ANNUAL LA ART SHOW KICKS OFF THIS WEEK!

James is excited to be releasing an entirely new collection of 2012 paintings for the 17th Annual LA ART SHOW: MODERN & CONTEMPORARY. Check out booth E246 with Madison Gallery to see the new work in person!

LA ART SHOW
January 17th – 22nd, 2012
Los Angeles Convention Center
www.laartshow.com
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A few of the pieces on display:

Diffuse 9 by James Verbicky
Diffuse 9, 45" x 70", Mixed Media on Panel / Resin, 2012. COPYRIGHT JAMES VERBICKY
Diffuse 8 by James Verbicky
Diffuse 8, 60" x 75", Mixed Media / Carbon Fiber on Reclaimed Wood Panel / Resin, 2012. COPYRIGHT JAMES VERBICKY
Blitz 5 by James Verbicky
Blitz 5, 70" x 80", Mixed Media on Panel / Resin, 2011, COPYRIGHT JAMES VERBICKY
Citta Samtana Diptych 14 by James Verbicky

Citta Samtana DIptych 14, 60″ x 80″, Mixed Media on Panel / Resin, 2012. COPYRIGHT JAMES VERBICKY

Force Bloom 6 by James Verbicky
Force Bloom 6, 48" x 60", Mixed Media on Panel / Resin, 2012, COPYRIGHT JAMES VERBICKY
Force Bloom 6 (DETAIL) by James Verbicky
Force Bloom 6 (DETAIL), COPYRIGHT JAMES VERBICKY