Archive for February, 2013


Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Lesley Vance & Ricky Swallow at the Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino

Renown for its European art, the Huntington Art Gallery is currently hosting its’ first exhibition of contemporary painting and sculpture, showcasing the work of the Los Angeles-based artists Lesley Vance and Ricky Swallow. The exhibition is a visual dialogue between the two artists who also happen to be husband and wife.

Lesley Vance, “Untitled”, 2010, oil on linen, 16 x 12″, Huntington Art Gallery

Lesley Vance is one of my favorite abstract painters so I was particularly intrigued to see her work in this context. While the conversation between the two artists is of some note, the serendipity lies in her relationship to the European paintings in adjacent galleries. Vance’s process begins with a still-life setup. Through reduction, insight and ingenuity, she transforms the shapes into pure abstraction. While passing through various rooms at the Huntington, Vance’s palette and composition find great resonance in the historical echo. It’s a lovely viewing experience, until March 11.