There was plenty of painting to be seen (and purchased) at this year's LA Art Show, which took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center this past weekend. If virtuoso figurative painting is your thing than you were really in luck as there was no shortage of technically-skilled, compositionally-sound, representational work on view.
|Ralph Goings, Gem Top, 1975, watercolor on paper, 11 1/8 x 15in|
Los Angeles based Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art had an impressive selection of realist works on display, including watercolors by Ralph Goings and a particularly nice pickle painting in acrylic by Ben Schonzeit.
|Ben Schonzeit, New Pickles, 2012, acrylic on wood panel, 16 x 16in|
Two small paintings by contemporary heavy-hitter Alex Katz hung in the Rosenbaum Contemporary booth alongside a downright tiny but unmistakably characteristic piece by George Condo.
|Alex Katz, Tilda, 2004, oil on board, 15 3/4 x 11 3/4in|
|Alex Katz, Vivien With Orange, 2007, oil on board, 16 x 12in|
|George Condo, Alone With A View, 2006, oil on canvas, 7 x 4 7/8in|
Red Truck Gallery, out of New Orleans, easily had the most eccentric booth in the show. It was tightly packed with fun, odd, folky work. It housed this gem (below), a divine little oil on copper painting by Joe DeCamillis framed inside of a hollowed out Bible.
|Joe DeCamillis, The Holy Toast, oil on copper in altered book|
|Joe DeCamillis, The Holy Toast, detail|
Seoul based Dado Art Gallery had these two paintings by the young artist Rei Sato on view. The canvases were printed with a photographic image and then painted over in acrylics. They were displayed under glass so the picture quality here is pretty bad, but in person they looked great.
|Rei Sato, Summer Vacation's Only Just Started!, 2009, photo print and acrylic and water-based paint on canvas, 72.7 x 53cm|
|Rei Sato, Don't Think A Coincidence A Mere Coincidence, 2008, photo print and water-based paint on canvas, 58 x 80cm|
Below is a sampling of a few other paintings from the show. Just for fun, try to guess which one carried a $385,000 price tag.
|Takahiro Hara, Lucia Tumbada, 2012, oil on canvas, via Arcadia Gallery|
|Matthew Cornell, Heyday, 2013, oil on panel, via Arcadia Gallery|
|Nelson Shanks, Loni, oil, 20 x 16in, via S R Brennen Gallery|
|Lu Zhengyuan, Huge Waves, 2012, oil on canvas, 16 x 20cm, via Phoenix Art Palace|
|Monica Serra, Death of the Vigrin II, 2012, oil on canvas, 60 x 36in, via Waterhouse & Dodd|
|Ingacio Iturria, Poliptico, acrylic on canvas, 9 1/2 x 18 7/8in (50 pieces), via Praxis International Art|
|Ignacio Iturria, Poliptico, detail|
|Ignacio Iturria, Pileta Con Chica Rubia, acrylic on canvas, 31 1/2 x 23 5/8in, via Praxis International Art|
|Per Adolfsen, Young Woman, 2012, oil on canvas, 34 x 30cm, via Schuebbe Projects|
|Lilian Garcia-Roig, Maple Veils, 2007, oil on canvas, 60 x 48in, via Cernuda Arte|
|Miguel Florido, Love is Two in One, 2012, oil on canvas, 71 x 51 1/4in, via Cernuda Arte|
|Hunt Slonem, Albania Finches, 2012, oil on canvas, 40 x 30in, via DTR Modern Galleries|
|Tschang-Yeul Kim, Untitled II, 2012, oil on canvas, via SM Fine Art Gallery|
|Jose Alberto Marchi, Fire in the Artist Studio, 2012, oil on canvas 10 x 20in, via Latin American Masters|
This work (below) by Los Angeles based artist Alison Van Pelt, was on view as part of an auction preview by The Art of Elysium organization.
|Alison Van Pelt, Silver Nude, 2012, oil on canvas|
And finally, this last one is technically a print, not a painting. But who cares, it's a duck and it's awesome.
|Jum-Sun Kim, A Duck in the Purple, print|