Rebecca Fine Art Gallery will host a very exciting Artists Reception this Sat., May 6, 5-8PM.  Featured will be new works by sculptor Christopher Georgesco and painter Mandy Main – two very different perspectives on Modernism & Minimalism.  The current Exhibit, “This.Is.Now” runs through June 30, 2017 and features paintings, sculptures, & photographic art by several renowned artists.

Christopher Georgesco was born in 1950, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Georgesco is an American sculptor, & son of modernist architect Haralamb H. Georgescu. Christopher began his career in Venice, California in 1968, where he worked until 1980.  His first Show was at Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles.  His first solo show was followed by an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art titled L.A.8.  Georgesco’s first solo show was deemed an overnight success by William Wilson, critic for The Los Angeles Times, and was picked up by L.A.’s top collectors. Wilson also cited Christopher Georgesco as “pushing the art world’s masterpiece button”.

“As a child I was recognized for my art work. My Paintings lined the school halls and hung in the principal’s office. My Father, an internationally recognized architect backed me 100%.  He told me if I stuck to my guns with art I would always be free. I was lucky to know my path in life early on.  My Father was instrumental in exposing me to Modernism through his work.  He never spoke about himself but I learned the Modern style from watching.”

“In 1968….I graduated from Palisades High School.  I moved directly down the Highway to Venice Beach.  At the time I was unaware it was to become a dominant west coast art hub.  ‘The Light and Space’ and ‘Art and Technology Movements’ were both pivotal in 1968.  My aptitude toward Geometry and Sculpture were good so I began work on Abstract Minimalism….I could only see moving outward.  Outer Space and Infinity have been prime factors in my work. I was blown away when I learned the sky did not end.  I think of my sculpture as the place in space circles have in common.  The sculpture being the inner space leaves the predominate portion of my sculptures in outer space.  Outer space is what I try to form and activate using the sculptures as templates. The Stainless Steel in my recent pieces has brought light into my work.”

“I began dividing the rectangle which I preferred over the square, elegant and elongated.  I developed a series of forms, interchangeable in position and scale….When building Sculpture I know exactly where each piece fits. My Father’s Modern Architecture came into play again as I began to realize my choice of style and materials.  Wood, Concrete and Steels were ingrained into me from a young age.  My exposure to Modernism was early having a father in both the Bauhaus and Modernist Movements. It is hard to dispute Modernism. Less is More. It is timeless. Le Corbusier made a big impression.”

Books featuring C. Georgesco include Hip Hollywood Homes by Sue Holister. (Page 93) and L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980 by Lyn Kienholz. Page 196).  His impressive public Collections include Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; Palm Springs Museum of Art, CA; Grand Hyatt Hotel Tokyo, Japan; & American Embassy, Bucharest, Romania.  Georgesco now lives & works in his home/studio in Greater Palm Springs with his beautiful Dutch wife, Maria Verstappen, and spends the rest of each year at their home in Holland, just outside of Amsterdam.

Mandy Main creates luminous oil paintings of the Western landscape.   She focuses on panoramic vistas and receding perspectives with a sense of depth and movement and pushes these elements to draw the viewer into the painting.  The fleeting nature of light and clouds become dramatic subjects in her work.  Main is an art historian with a passion for 19th Century American landscapes, especially the Luminists, whose works remain an undying source of inspiration. 

Her paintings are rendered in oils on canvas or wood panels using a subdued palette of warm colors, applied in layers of glazes to achieve a luminous effect.  Main works in series, usually six paintings at a time, executed in her studio where she paints in silence and total concentration.  She envisions the final creation before beginning a painting.  The paintings are always on her mind, she even works on them while sleeping.  Her recent series have expressed her love of Modernism, especially Mid-Century Modern, which originated in Los Angeles and Palm Springs.

Mandy Main studied Art and Art History at Stanford University and received an MBA in Arts Management from UCLA.  Her work is shown in galleries in California, Oregon and Washington and sells nationally and internationally through her on-line galleries.  Main has had solo Exhibits in Oregon, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Palm Desert and has shown in art fairs in NYC.  She has won numerous awards including Best of Show and People’s Choice.  Her work is in a number of public collections owned by such institutions as hotels, hospitals, colleges, and wineries.  She loves to travel and has had the good fortune to live in France, Italy and Thailand as well as in Washington, Oregon and California.  She currently resides with her husband Tom in Rancho Mirage, Ca. 

Artists Reception – Christopher Georgesco & Mandy Main: SAT. May 6, 5:00-8:00PM, REBECCA FINE ART GALLERY, 68895 Perez Rd, #7, Cathedral City, Ca – (760) 534-5888 – Rebeccafineart.net – Open Bar, Music, Amazing Art

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