Michael Aushenker of The Argonaut wrote, "However, the streets are where his heart is, so Blanco now devotes himself to making a full-time living painting what he calls 'urban fantasy.' Although evincing very different styles, the three friends involved in the P32 exhibit produce compatible works. Sometimes they even inspire each other. One of Blanco’s pieces, “Urban Bike,” is riffing on Abagon’s photograph “Lil Whip” (also in the show)."
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P32 was proud to be involved in this year’s Ink N Iron Festival in Long Beach, California on the beautiful Queen Mary. As a gallery of up and coming artists, this year’s festival was very exciting because we worked in collaboration with Art Gathering LA and world-renowned artist, cultural icon, and friend of P32’s Kelly “RISK” Gravel whom curated the show!
This exhibition showcasing the work of three local artists Edward Michael Doran, Richard Abagon and Marcel “SEL” Blanco. The three childhood friends grew up in West Los Angeles skating, writing on walls and absorbing the neighborhood landscape. In 3 FROM THE STREET: L.A. Perspectives each artist presents their own perspective of Los Angeles, how it has inspired them through the years and how they inspire each other.
Last Saturday we had a wonderful opening reception for Daniel Kaufman's exhibition, Light on Fire! Thanks to everyone who came to support P32, Daniel, and Beit T'Shuvah!
Howie's Art and Chris Justice made a special visit to Mattel UCLA Children's Hospital! They shared the fun, freeing and healing powers of abstract art.
Last weekend something very magical happened at P32 Gallery. On a gorgeous, sun drenched Saturday in Santa Monica, Howie’s Art, Kimball Hall and Chris Justice embarked on a collaborative community based art project that brought together over 30 strangers from all walks of life. This art project cut across all divides and helped build a stronger community. Democrats, Republicans, the young, the old, men, women, and people of different religions, different occupations, and different races all participated in creating what we call a "Community Masterpiece." For 6 hours that day we were all just artists. We came together and got to know each other through the power of art. Because abstract art has few rules, everyone followed the beat of their own drum as long as the paint stayed mostly on the canvas, and even that rule wasn’t strictly enforced.
Today, so many issues divide people and pit them against each other but art often brings people to appreciate our commonality. Below is the finished painting from that glorious day. The size is roughly 31 X 73 inches. We are auctioning the work off and giving 100% of the proceeds to THERAsurf, the chosen charity for our "Spiritual Journey" Exhibition.
Come by the gallery through March 14th to see this amazing piece of art.
We will be holding a "Meet The Artists" Day on February 21st from 3p-9p! Come by the gallery to meet Chris Justice and Kimball Hall as they create paintings live in the studio and contribute to a collaborative piece which will be auctioned to benefit THERAsurf.
Thanks to everyone who came to the Spiritual Journey reception! It was great to see so much support for the artists, gallery and THERAsurf. Please stop by the gallery before February 28th to see art by Chris Justice and Kimball Hall!
P32 Gallery Presents Art Exhibition, Spiritual Journey
Santa Monica, CA (January, 05 2015) – P32 Gallery in Santa Monica presents Spiritual Journey, the gallery’s second art exhibition featuring works by Chris Justice and Kimball Hall. The exhibition will run from January 24 to February 28. An opening reception with the artists will be held on January 24 from 6 – 10 pm. The Upper West will cater the event.
For everyone, the Spiritual Journey is unique. It is a reflection of ones personal growth, creative expression, and spiritual awakening. Join P32 as each artist presents their own Spiritual Journey through color in self-aware abstract paintings.
Chris Justice presents a striking, emotional wonderland of color. The featured body of work was created as a narrative storyline that depicts the whirlwind roller coaster that was Justice's life during the ladder half of 2014. Pay attention to the titles. The paintings are a prime example of his cunning ability to deal with love, loss, and personal turmoil through his unconditional relationship with the paintbrush. Justice unapologetically lives his truth by way of the canvas. This show defines his spiritual journey that is led by color and raw emotion.
Kimball Hall’s work reflects the spiritual journey as a constant exercise in awareness. It’s a way to grow an understanding of things not yet seen, and a way to connect with or tap into the creative spirit that binds us all together. Kimball sees his art as an extension of the source that grows the trees, pumps our blood and spins our earth. His spiritual journey is also a personal struggle to try to get closer to God.
P32 Gallery, developed by real estate entrepreneur Howard Spunt is in the artsy, urban neighborhood around Pico and 32nd Street, in Santa Monica, California. The galleries’ mission is to showcase emerging and established artists while partnering with local charities to donate a percentage of profit to a worthy cause. It will be a place where artists and collectors can meet and share both their passion for art and their commitment to philanthropy.
P32 Gallery is located at 3129 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica (caddy corner from Trader Joe’s). Gallery hours are Thursday- Saturday from 1pm to 7pm and by appointment. For more information contact Matt MacFarlane at 424.226.6175 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Justice of San Clemente states, “My work is an embracement of my inner madness manifested in reality. It would be a cliché to say that the act of painting is my therapy but truth be told most of the time it is the only thing that brings me joy. Inspiration is a constant trance that surrounds my being. Overwhelming yet liberating, inspiration is something that I live firsthand; therefore it is what I am. My world is processed by color, which is the most fascinating entity of life, and the paintings exist in a world of their own. The exciting part about the abstract process is creating something that does not previously exist and giving the work life as well as purpose. Although I create these works with a story held significant to my being, it is the viewers’ job to create a story significant to theirs. It takes immense discipline to allow my paintings to have a mind of their own.” chrisjusticeart.com
Kimball Hall was born in Los Angeles in the 60’s to a young Nebraskan mother. He chose to become an artist in his early teens when he experienced master works on a field trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Inspired by nature and music, Kimball has been painting quietly ever since. Exploring the abstract limits and possibilities of paint and pictorial form, Hall employs methods more commonly associated with the action painting techniques of Abstract Expressionism and the Color Field Movement. kimballhallart.com
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Thank you for supporting Filling the wHole - we've raised over $10,000 for Chase Foundation benefitting Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA! We will be extending the show through the weekend to be a part of the Holiday Hop Along Pico. This year the former Holiday Art Walk has been enhanced with additional music, refreshments, and entertainment from 26th Street to 34th Street with additional merchant participation along the western section of Pico. Come support the local community tomorrow from 12p-6p.
P32 Gallery was featured in the Santa Monica Mirror's Life and Arts section! We're incredibly excited about the local support we're receiving! "The newly opened P32 gallery in Santa Monica raised $9,000 for the Chase Foundation in the first week of its exhibition, "Filling the wHole." The exhibition runs until Dec. 4 with a goal of raising $15,000. More than 150 people attended the opening reception on Oct. 25." - Santa Monica Mirror Staff Writer
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Big thanks to everyone who came to the reception on Saturday! It was amazing to have so much support from family, friends, and the local community. Don't forget to stop by the gallery before December 4th to see art by Ariel Gold, Howie Spunt, and UCLA Children's Hospital Patients supported by Chase Foundation!
P32 received coverage in the popular Westside Los Angeles publication, The Argonaut. "Three years ago, Malibu real estate developer Howard Spunt traveled to Europe and came back transformed. While visiting Paris, he wandered around the touristy Montmartre art district and stumbled upon a little art supply store run by a 75-year-old lady."
Check out the full article here to gain some insight into Howie's story and inspiration for the Gallery
We are in the October 2014 issue of ArtLA Magazine! Tim Broughton wrote, "P32 Gallery is a recent addition to the list of Los Angeles area art galleries. Their core mission is to offer not only a delightful space for emerging and established artists to present their artworks, but also to raise much needed funds for a plethora of charitable organizations."
Check out the full article and interview with Howie here!
P32 Gallery got coverage in the September 29th issue of the Santa Monica Daily Press! "It is the latest addition to the artsy, urban neighborhood around Pico and 32nd Street... The Gallery will focus on both traditional and non-representational abstract art." Check out the full article here - edited by Matthew Hall.
Thanks to everyone who came to the gallery on Sunday. We had a great turn out and we're incredibly excited to have so much local support!