In Review: 2016 LA Art Show

This quote was stenciled on one of the walls in the exhibit - a good reminder. 

Having the opportunity to go to the 21st annual LA Art Show (Jan. 28-31) this year really blew me away.

Selections from Flower Pepper Gallery, featuring paintings by Leila Ataya (top left) and Valerie Pobjoy (bottom left and right).

For those of you unfamiliar to so-called “art fairs,” these are events usually hosted at convention centers where galleries set up booths to showcase their stable of artists. It’s a great opportunity for collectors to find new work, showcased artists to get more exposure, and emerging artists (like yours truly) to find inspiration.

I spent most of my time in the “Littletopia” section. This part of the exhibit, curated by Red Truck Gallery, featured work by contemporary artists, most of whom dabble in pop surrealism. What is pop surrealism? (I had to look it up too, so just including the link because they explain it better than I could). 

You enter Littletopia through a cardboard archway reminiscent of a castle and worthy of Burning Man, created by Jeff Gillette. His "Dismayland" paintings line the walls as you enter (Jeff did indeed collaborate with Banksy on Dismaland, but after many years of already subverting Disney, as this article attests). Other highlights included the selection of paintings on display at Flower Pepper Gallery, and could be better than a maze made of cake and icing by Scott Hove?

Also of note in other parts of the show: the hyper realistic bust of Frida Kahlo by Kazuhiro Tsuji; Justin Bower's huge, fragmented portraits; and Desire Cherish Obtain’s lollipop sculpture. Click here for more info and better photos in this article.

Sculpture by Kazuhiro Tsuji (left), painting by Justin Bower (top right) and live painting by street artist Robert Vargas (bottom right).

Paintings by Eric Forsythe (left, top and bottom), Liz Brizzi (top right) and Jolene Lai (bottom right).