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Art March, 3 2011

Henry Lewis and Adam Wallacavage at Corey Helford Gallery

From March 19 to April 6, 2011, Corey Helford Gallery will host the work of both Henry Lewis and Adam Wallacavage. The two artists work in different but complimenting media – Lewis is a world renowned tattoo artist who combines imagery from that world with classical painting techniques and Wallacavage is known for his extravagant decorative sculpture.

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA  90232

A portrait of Adam Wallacavage is above. More images and full press release from the gallery after the jump.

This March, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present “The Absence of Light”, a solo exhibition of new paintings by internationally-recognized tattoo artist Henry Lewis.

The San Francisco-based artist returns to Corey Helford Gallery to unveil his second solo show, featuring a dramatic new series of figurative oil paintings. Combining classical painting techniques with tattoo-influenced imagery, Lewis infuses his portraiture with loose expressive strokes and raw depth.

For “The Absence of Light”, Lewis’ new collection of works represents a catharsis for extraction and reflection based on his fixations from adolescence and family. A mirror of human emotions tied to memories of the present and past, Lewis draws from his personal experiences creating timeless narratives and mythological environments filled with heros, icons of beauty and historical artifacts. Lewis adds, “These self-made fantasy scenes, though dark at first glance, react with humor towards the past, free of apathy, and curiosity of the future.”

Open to the public, the reception for “The Absence of Light”, will take place on Saturday, March 19 from 7 to 10pm and will be in conjunction with “Dreamhome Heartaches”, a solo exhibition of new works by Adam Wallacavage. Both exhibitions will be on view until April 6, 2011.

About Henry Lewis
Born in Pasadena, California in 1977, Henry Lewis moved to San Francisco in 2000 to pursue a career in tattooing, illustration, and painting. Lewis has worked as a tattooist for the past 14 years and is a featured artist at the world-renowned tattoo studio, Skull & Sword. He has exhibited at galleries nationwide, and for more information about the artist, please visit www.moremocking.com and www.theskullandsword.com.

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This March, Adam Wallacavage lights up Corey Helford Gallery with his first Los Angeles solo exhibition, “Dreamhome Heartaches”. The Philadelphia-based sculptor and photographer brings his magical wonderland of sculptural works to the gallery, unveiling a new collection inspired by the decorative interiors in his Victorian Brownstone.

Wallacavage’s home studio is a whimsical domestic playground of themed rooms filled with endless imagination and old world charm that has garnered worldwide media attention from The Selby to Design Sponge. His living room-turned-hunting lodge parlor is filled with mounted animal head trophies, gilded mirrors and ornate plaster moldings while his dining room has been transformed into a seafoam green aquatic fantasy populated with octopus chandeliers and nautical portholes.

For “Dreamhome Heartaches”, Wallacavage returns to his living space as the source of his creativity, drawing from his personal experiences and memories. A new collection of octopus chandeliers, extravagant wall sconces, and elk skull lighting pieces will be showcased throughout the gallery alongside the debut of delightful additions, including table lamps and smaller handcrafted items.

Works on display will be a combination of hand-sculpted pieces created in epoxy clay as well as larger cast plaster sculptures. To achieve his signature look, Wallacavage adds a thick glaze of secret sauce, producing a vibrant shimmering finish.

Open to the public, the reception for “Dreamhome Heartaches”, will take place on Saturday, March 19 from 7 to 10pm in conjunction with “The Absence of Light”, a solo exhibition of new works by Henry Lewis. Both exhibitions will be on view until April 6, 2011.

About Adam Wallacavage
Adam Wallacavage attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he studied photography, becoming an accomplished photographer who documented artists, musicians, daredevils and all things weird and wonderful. Self-taught in the ancient art of ornamental plastering, Wallacavage evolved his newfound skills into making octopus-shaped chandeliers and continued his experimentation by making more and more. Wallacavage changed the shapes and colors and themes, moving on to bats, snakes, elk skulls, wall sconces and some rather silly castings from his old collection of rubber squeaky toys. Wallacavage’s chandeliers have been exhibited all over the world, including Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rome, Italy, Vienna, Austria, the Bristol City Museum of Art in Bristol, UK and Art Basel Miami Beach. His sculptural works are featured in the March 2011 issue of ARTNews, and his first book, Monster Size Monsters, was released in August of 2006 through Gingko Press and spans fifteen years of his photography. For more information about the artist, please visit www.adamwallacavage.com.

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