Ed Whitmore
Fri, Apr 23 | 7-9pm | Gallerie Valerie

Ed Whitmore

Opening Night is Friday, April 23rd, 7 - 9 pm. The exhibition will run from April 23rd through May 16th. Please wear your mask and abide by social distancing rules.
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Time & Location

Apr 23, 7:00 PM PDT – May 16, 9:00 PM PDT
7-9pm | Gallerie Valerie, 628 2nd Ave, Crockett, CA 94525, USA

About the Event

Article: ART IMITATES STRIFE: La Jolla artist inspired by parents’ Holocaust experience

I work with metal effects paints (iron, copper, bronze) which change color as they oxidize, creating lovely patina in evocative shades of brown, green, and blue.  The process yields dramatic yet naturalistic effects which evoke the passage of time and my yearning for a lost past. Partially the result of my parent's violent uprooting from their lives in Poland due to WW2 but also due to my hobby of exploring architectural ruins of the Maya, and my interest in cave art, ancient cairns, and Earth Mother Goddess sites.  Somber themes of decay and loss can be found in many of my pieces.  Yet there is also the whole-hearted embrace of life that surviving entails, as can be seen in several of my whimsical sculptures and paintings.

I often incorporate vintage objects into my work such as using 75+ year-old letterpress trays and vintage oak desk drawers as my canvass and creating sculptures atop the bases of vintage wrought iron candelabras.  I sometimes painstakingly hand chisel wood planks before painting - an ancient technique known as bas relief -  which gives the impression that the sculpted material has been raised above the background plane.  I collect and tumble semi-precious stones which I sometimes use to ornament my paintings and sculptures.   The lovely hues of agate, garnet, and jasper augment the natural colors of the oxidized metal effects paint and provide even the casual art aficionado a way to approach and appreciate the artwork. For those attuned to the spiritual and metaphysical properties of minerals, the pieces exude positive calming energy.

My work has been shown at several one-man shows in and around San Diego, including Ashton Gallery, Lofts on Laurel, and State/Oak in Carlsbad.  One of my sculptures (“Jubilant”) was on exhibit for nearly a year at the prestigious sculpture garden of the San Diego Botanical Garden. Two of my pieces (Candlesticks and Jerusalem at Sunset) were included in an online show of the Artist Guild at the San Diego Art Museum.  My work has been exhibited at multiple juried shows around the county

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