LANCE CYRIL MOUNTAIN
Opening Reception | Thursday, August 7, 2014 : 6-9pm
First Thursdays Art Walk Laguna Beach
Beverages provided by Pizza Port Brewing Company
Special Musical Guest : Ragged Ol’ Sailor
Show runs August 7 – 31, 2014
About the Artists:
John Sollom was named OC Weekly’s Best Visual Artist of 2012. John graduated from Long Beach State with a Bachelor of fine art. His current work mixes bits of figurative, minimalism, a bit of abstraction with pop graphics. According to John : “My paintings are derived from other artists and movements of the past. My influences are too many to name. You can call me a thief: I take that as a compliment. I am not original but at least I am honest. I don’t know what the hell is going is going on with plein air central up North on P.C.H. Tell them William Wendt telegraphed and wants his paintings back.
Hagop Najarian is a working artist and college professor living in La Mirada, California. He has been a Professor of Art teaching drawing and painting at Cerritos College since 1999, and is currently the Art and Design Department Chair. He is the Advisor of the Cerritos College Art Club and has been awarded the college’s Outstanding Faculty Award in both 2003 and in 2007. Hagop exhibits his paintings at local galleries in Los Angeles and Orange County and has had numerous solo exhibitions. He has lectured about his paintings at seminars, panel discussions and colleges in the Los Angeles area. His recent series of paintings symbolically use human figures, animals and nature to create a dialogue that reminds us of how we coexist and maintain our identity in this world.
With an unorthodox upbringing, one only has to have a single conversation with Lance Cyril Mountain, to see his passions & goals are much greater than your average 28 year old living in Southern California. Being well travelled & well educated may contribute to his longing for more substance & disdain for modern complacency (i.e. stucco buildings & strip mall business greed). With the ability to detach himself from an average way of living that has become acceptable to a generation, he is truly unique. Often misunderstood, like all great artists, Lance showcases his passion & attention to detail in all the works he involves himself in. Whether its painting, photography, writing or screen printing, all these emotions show through. All the viewer has to do is open their eyes and be willing to see its all there…
Special thanks to Vans for their generous support of AR4T Gallery.