Most people who pass the Art Works Studio on the corner of Larchmont Boulevard and Melrose have no idea that humming inside are inspired artists from the neighborhood painting under the guidance of artist Julio Panisello. These classes for adults, offered four times a week, will showcase ten of those artists this weekend in a group show “LA en Rose.” The show is free and open to the public with a reception, 6-9pm on Saturday April 30.
A note of disclosure here: I am a new Art Works Studio student who is showing in the upcoming exhibit and I’m totally enamored with the way Julio inspires and teaches painting.
Panisello studied art and pedagogy at the University of Barcelona-Catalonia and has shown his work extensively in Spain and Los Angeles. His dynamic teaching style is an inspiration to both established artists and those who are just beginning: it involves a conversation around a piece of artwork he brings in to discuss every week, using it to apply specific concepts in drawing, color, composition, style and technique to those of us behind the easels.
During the two-hour classes, Julio works on a painting himself alongside his students, thus giving artists guidance and pacing – and pushing them to fully complete a painting within the two hour time slot. The curriculum is exciting: one week artists may be creating self-portraits using distortion and abstraction a la Francis Bacon, while another week’s challenge may be to combine images of brutalist buildings with people swimming in pools. We’ve explored still lifes of lilies and studies of breads; made portraits of bathroom sinks and painted dingbat architecture. You can find many of the students’ paintings online and see their diversity of style and execution.
The “LA En Rose” exhibit features Hancock Park landscapes painted in pink and rose. The work is inspired by Helen Lundeberg, a renowned twentieth century artist who used variations of the color pink in some of her paintings to convey the atmospheric quality of light in the Southern California landscape. The neighborhood homes and gardens in these paintings are familiar yet completely modern and fresh in their palette and execution.
Drop in on Saturday evening for a glass of Rose´and the pop-up “LA En Rose” exhibit. You may see our neighborhood in a whole new light – through the rose-colored glasses of the Art Works Studio.