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LA’s Innaugural K-Town Art Walk and Muralist Yoshi Takahashi by New American Paintings

On October 25th, Koreatown launched a new monthly art walk in the Wilshire Corridor. Self-described, the Wilshire Center Art & Architecture Walk “is a monthly celebration of sustainable urban living showcasing historic architecture, galleries, artists, photography, restaurants, bars, shops, and businesses located in Wilshire Center.”


Laura & Manfred Menz | Gucci has my Blessing, Courtesy of Andrewshire Gallery.

While the inaugural walk did not show signs of large masses walking from place to place, the way one might see at LA’s Downtown Art Walk or Culver City Art Walk, the art at the participating Ann Bridges Art Studio, Andrewshire Gallery, and the popular Beer Belly restaurant was young, fresh, and uniquely LA. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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Holly Coulis’ Fruits and Florals at Cherry and Martin by New American Paintings
April 18, 2012, 8:15 am
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Walking into Holly Coulis’ solo show at Cherry and Martin, I was surprised to see a majority of large, boldly imagined paintings of flowers, fruits, and vegetable still lifes interspersed with and handful of blurred, dulled landscapes. – Ellen Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor


Holly Coulis | Installation Shot
Photo Courtesy Cherry and Martin

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The Limitless Possibilities of Firelei Báez at the Richard Heller Gallery by New American Paintings
April 17, 2012, 8:15 am
Filed under: Los Angeles, Review | Tags: , , ,

Firelei Báez’ solo show “Not Even Unalterable Limitations” at the Richard Heller Gallery is saturated with dense color and rich content.  While at her show, I repeatedly heard the muffled sound of visitors oohing and aahing their awe and approval from the gallery’s large entryway, before even fully stepping inside.


Firelei Báez |  Something Lost, Weathered and Beautiful, 2011, gouache on paper
Photo Courtesy Richard Heller Gallery

As Báez’ first west coast solo debut, “Not Even Unalterable Limitations” packs a punch, with a handful of varied and various styles, mediums, and forms.  Although most of the works were made with gouache and ink or graphite, their styles and looks vary drastically.  From the large cutout CPT Symmetry that greets viewers on the first wall, to the larger rectangular framed Ciguapa Habilis, to the massive show-stopping grids formed in the back corner by Can I Pass? and her Prescribed Seduction series, Báez dertainly draws you in. – Ellen Caldwell, LA Contributor

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Fact, Fiction, and Friction: Frohawk Two Feathers by New American Paintings

During a time when fiction dances eerily with fact, it feels appropriate to look to a contemporary artist from my generation who is using acrylics, tea-dyed paper, and a variety of mediums to blur, illuminate, disguise, and play with these lines.  I first saw Frohawk Two Feathers’ (NAP #73) work at Taylor De Cordoba in 2006 and have followed him and his empire literally through many gallery and museum openings, and figuratively through 100’s of years, numerous battles, wars, and revolutions.  Lives have been lost, prisoners have been taken, but Frohawk always comes out on top.

As current 30-somethings, Frohawk and I grew up in a murky time.  For me, my 20’s were formative: besides being post-college and post-9/11, the 2004 elections, The 9/11 Commission Report, the United States’ invasion of Iraq, and Sarah Palin’s vice presidential nomination influenced my worldview largely.  Bottom line: I don’t believe anything anyone says anymore. – Read more by Ellen Caldwell, LA Contributor, after the jump!


Frokawk Two Feather | Amir Al Bahr. Admiral Deucalion Of The Pirate Fleet of Batavia, 2011, acrylic and tea on paper, 30″ x 22″ Courtesy of Taylor Cordoba

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MFA Annual Deadline Extended! by New American Paintings
November 1, 2011, 8:45 am
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MFA ANNUAL EXTENDED DEADLINE: November 7th, 2011

We are currently accepting submissions for what has become our most anticipated publication of the year. The MFA Annual will feature painters that are currently studying to receive a Master of Fine Arts or recent MFA graduates. Even more exciting, we have an amazing juror for this year’s competition. New American Paintings is thrilled to have Alma Ruiz, Senior Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, ready to review submissions and select the best and most promising artists to watch.

If you have received your MFA in 2011 or you are a current candidate, you are eligible to enter! The extended deadline is November 7th, 2011 (Midnight EST). So apply online now! Or, visit competition page and follow the instructions. Submitting is easy! Just have four jpegs, less than 1200 pixels at their greatest dimension, and a credit card for the entry fee.

You may download a PDF of our postcard announcement here (ignore the original deadline). Good luck!



Attention MFA Students and Current Year MFA Graduates! by New American Paintings
September 30, 2011, 11:17 am
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MFA ANNUAL DEADLINE: October 31, 2011

We are currently accepting submissions for what has become our most anticipated publication of the year. The MFA Annual will feature painters that are currently studying to receive a Master of Fine Arts or recent MFA graduates. Even more exciting, we have an amazing juror for this year’s competition. New American Paintings is thrilled to have Alma Ruiz, Senior Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, ready to review submissions and select the best and most promising artists to watch.

If you have received your MFA in 2011 or you are a current candidate, you are eligible to enter! The deadline is October 31, 2011 (Midnight EST). So apply online now! Or, visit competition page and follow the instructions. Submitting is easy! Just have four jpegs, less than 1200 pixels at their greatest dimension, and a credit card for the entry fee.

You may download a PDF of our postcard announcement here. Good luck!



Piles and Textiles: Studio Visit with Erin Payne by New American Paintings
August 25, 2011, 10:30 am
Filed under: Los Angeles, MFA, Q&A | Tags: , , , , ,

Erin Payne (NAP #93) paints what she terms “piles” – they are piles of jumbled and indefinable fabric and scattered memories.  Upon first glance, they reminded me of many fond piles from my own life: blankets abandoned from a childhood fort, wet and sandy towels left at the beach, and the ever-growing laundry that accumulate magically by week’s end.  I also saw them as shells of things that once were, but were now abandoned and I was excited to learn more about her process and inspiration. -Ellen C. Caldwell, LA Contributor


Spire, oil on canvas, 24 x 24, 2011

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