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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‘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.

Oceana’s Seachange Summer Party Raises 1.4 million with the Help of Leonardo DiCaprio

It was an honor to attend the 2014 SeaChange Summer Party in Laguna Beach this past weekend with my wife. Joanne Artman of the local Joanne Artman Gallery hosted us, and it was a blast. This year, the host / honoree was Leonardo DiCaprio, and he, alongside the many eloqent speakers, gave rousing speeches about both the current state of our oceans, and the amazing, unbelievable work and progress Oceana has made in defending, protecting, and preserving our oceans. It was an inspiring evening. Here are some images.

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From Left: Artist James Verbicky, Lauren Verbicky, and Ted Danson at the 2014 SeaChange Summer Party benefitting Oceana.
From Left: Artist James Verbicky, Lauren Verbicky, and Ted Danson at the 2014 SeaChange Summer Party benefitting Oceana.
Leonardo DiCaprio, SeaChange Summer Party 2014
Leonardo DiCaprio, SeaChange Summer Party 2014

Neiman Marcus ‘The Book’ Cover features Verbicky Butterfly

CC_NEIMANFADE_VERBICKYFrom the Neiman Marcus blog:

“To call James Verbicky’s “media paintings” attention grabbing and magnetic is an understantment. So much so that the Canadian mixed media artist earn an “Extraordinary Ability’ green card– a rare currency bestowed by the United States government in recognition of his representation in U.S. galleries and museums, charity involvement, and heaps of critical praise. Just two of the entries on the artist’s impressive CV: selection into Paris’ annual Societie Nationale des Beaux Arts juried exhibition at the Louvre and a commissioned work created on a Frank Gehry sphere originally housed at the Hollywood Bowl.

Verbicky, now based in Southern California, lent his extraordinary talent to this issue’s cover art, ‘Papillon En Fleur 1’, in mixed media and resin. Unusual symbols, cubes of vivid color, and vintage branding materials- advertising posters, magazine covers, found graphics- align in horizontal planes, forming a dimensional piece that is sculptural in effect. “The radiating composition conjures a vision of a bursting flower,” says Verbicky, “a theme that unites perfectly with the butterfly, a herald of spring.” Take in more of the artist’s evocative storytelling on the book’s back cover, where symbols and words such as ‘chic’, ‘la mode’, and ‘original’ punctuate Verbicky’s collage. Seems he knows a thing about fashion and what NM stands for, too.”

– Stacy Girard  [view on NM site: http://blog.neimanmarcus.com/the-butterfly-box-project-james-verbicky/ ]

‘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.

 

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Hunt Slonem
‘Untitled CHL0290’
Blue Bunnies

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