NEW WORKS BY RUSS POPE
ARTIST RECEPTION: THURSDAY, APRIL 5TH, 6 – 9PM
PRESENTED BY VANS
LAGUNA BEACH FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK
SURPRISE GUEST MUSICIANS TBA DAY OF SHOW.
When one looks at Russ’s art, it is easy to see that his painting is as integral to his life and sanity as food, water, music, skateboarding and family. The rawness of his work can be felt by viewing the large brush strokes, thick lines and drippy backgrounds of many pieces. One senses music and movement through the application of color, image and brush strokes. Elements of culture, politics, animals and celebration pop out of the base of his art. It is easy to feel freedom, chaos and release when one views Russ’s pieces as a body of work, these feelings are Fundamental to his life and work.–J. Bostwick.
“Tax Included”, Pope’s inaugural solo show in Laguna Beach, skyrockets into town along with the soaring price of gasoline and groceries… an ode to the American taxpayers’ least favorite time of year. AR4T Gallery is under transformation, as over the next week Russ installs a myriad of 2-D and 3-D wood pieces, medium and large-sized paintings on canvas, and drawings on paper. With media that includes acrylic, ink and aerosol, Pope’s all new work depicts characters and places that conjure images about our world today. Tax Included is a do-not miss.
Tax Included opens Thursday, April 5th from 6 – 9pm. There are a limited number of specially priced prints, so please prepare to arrive early and to have a wonderful time.
About the artist: Russ Pope earned “Orange County’s Best Visual Artist of the Year in 2010.” During his college years, he ran SMA Skateboards, started Creature Skateboards and took art classes at night. Russ’s commitment to skateboarding has continued for over twenty years as a rider and industry staple. For Russ, skateboarding and art are intertwined and inseparable. His art has taken him to faraway places and rekindled his roots. He has shown his work both domestically and internationally in San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, New York, Brooklyn, Miami, Austin, Washington DC, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Vancouver, Whistler, Hawaii, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, and Japan.
Please join us to celebrate with Russ Pope.
When: Thursday April 5th, from 6 to 9pm.
Who: Free and open to the public
Extra: Special pricing on prints and extras, opening night only!
Where: 210 North Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Best parking is on Cliff Drive behind the gallery.