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International Figurative Biennale and Louis Marak Exhibition

August 15 - September 22

International Figurative Biennale

Exhibition Duration: August 15 – September 22

Opening Reception: August 25th @ 7 pm

Location: John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

With figurative paintings from every culture and style imaginable, there is something for everyone at the one-of-a-kind International Figurative Biennale! Don’t miss this unforgettable exhibition which only comes once every 2 years. It’s the only show of its kind on the West Coast and runs August 15- September 22 at John Natsoulas Gallery.

The show was created to give the opportunity to experience avant-garde, worldwide trends in art that can normally only be accessed in prestigious international arenas such as the Venice Biennale. Over 30 contemporary, cutting-edge artists have provided work that grapples with a notoriously difficult subject: the human figure. Throughout art history and across all cultures, this has remained a subject to which artists have been continually drawn. This year’s exhibition features some more classical artists, such as Italian artist, Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco, who has incorporated the figure and still life in a looser, more traditional style of painting. Del Turco, as well as Californian artist Dean Fisher, pays homage to these classical traditions. There are also displays of both neoclassical and surreal works — such as those by Avery Palmer and Argentinian painter, Gabriel Sainz. At times unsettling, these paintings undeniably command attention. Libyan artists, Yousef Fetis and Najlaa El- Ageli, have provided paintings that successfully create a relationship between their past and present culture. Paintings from Greece, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Czechia, Albania, the UK, and more will also be on display for the public. These are just a handful of the marvelous artworks at this year’s International Figurative Biennale- a marriage between cultures and tradition.

These talented painters give a walkthrough of the past, present and cutting edge in over 4 floors and 100 figurative paintings from around the globe, this is a rare opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Louis Marak Exhibition

Exhibition Duration: August 15 – September 22

Opening Reception: August 25th @ 7 pm

Location: John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

Louis Marak solo exhibition will be the largest collection of celebrated career. Louis Marak is one of the ceramic world’s most renowned artists. His exhibition will run from August 15-September 22nd.

Louis Marak was born in 1942 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  In 1965 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Crafts from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics in 1967 from Alfred University in New York. In the fall of 1969, he was hired as an Assistant Professor of Art at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California where he taught for 37 years.  He has been an Emeritus Professor of Art at Humboldt State since his retirement in 2006. The Dorothy Weiss Gallery in San Francisco, CA represented Louis Marak from 1984 through 2000 when the gallery closed.  During that time he had four one-man shows and was included in five group exhibitions at her gallery. His work has also been included in numerous group exhibits at museums in this country and abroad, including the American Crafts Museum in New York City, the Renwick Gallery of Fine Art in Washington, D.C., the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the National Museum in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the Suntory Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. His work is also in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of the Smits Collection, the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA, the Oakland Museum in Oakland, CA, and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco de Young Museum. Louis Marak received a National Endowment for the Arts, Craftsmen’s Fellowship Grant in 1975 and a California Arts Council, Artist’s Fellowship Grant in 1994.  In 1995 he was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.  In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council.

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Start:
August 15
End:
September 22
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