US: Corey Helford Gallery – Redd Walitzki and Bao Pham

[L to R] Redd Walitzki’s “Sea of Light” (oil and acrylic mixed media on laser-cut aluminum panel, 30” x 40”) and Bao Pham’s “Xuan” (acrylic on linen mounted on board, 16” x 16”)

New Exhibitions From
Redd Walitzki and Bao Pham
April 10 – May 15, 2021

Opening Saturday, April 10, downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery has announced two solo shows, featuring new works from Seattle-based German new-contemporary artist, Redd Walitzki, entitled The Days of Miracle and Wonder, and Iowa-based Vietnamese painter and illustrator, Bao Pham, entitled Summer Hues, in Gallery 2.

The show’s opening will be celebrated with a live streaming event, 10th April, on Instagram Live (@CoreyHelfordGallery).
More details to be announced.
Redd Walitzki utilises a cutting-edge technique, that combines oil painting and mixed media on laser-cut panels, and takes inspiration from the Pacific Northwest’s lush rainforests, and the ornate Baroque ornamentation of Bavaria, to create pieces that commemorate a moth’s four-week-long lifespan. The vivid muses are often painted in fashionable garb, and glamourous settings that are a façade, hiding underlying themes of ecological destruction.

Walitzki’s newest series, The Days of Miracle and Wonder, implores the viewer to embark on a journey to a lost time of myth and transformation. When Redd began this series, they were on a journey around the globe, drinking in a myriad of experiences, while slipping from one country to the next. Versailles’s opulent halls, the misty harbors of Vietnam, and the golden coastline of the Canary Islands, all became woven together into a rich tapestry of inspiration. Locked down during the pandemic, these experiences became a well of hope to draw upon, as they painted [colourful] works of daydream and escape.

Redd shares:

“During this strange period in history where it feels like our world is shrinking, these works embrace moments in the past filled with exploration, mystery, and wonder. As nymphs transform into coral and lantern-lit boats drift by moonlight, the paintings lure us into the undiscovered spaces over the edge of the map. This series is a mixture of both wistful nostalgia for a lost time of myth and adventure and the sense that such wonders could bloom again”.

Bao Pham’s art is instantly recognisable for his soft, precise, and [colourful] portraits of wistful and melancholic figures, set in lush natural settings. He incorporates eastern elements and designs using traditional western techniques, with a touch of the surreal.

Pham’s newest series, Summer Hues, is a direct continuation of his 2019 series entitled: The Rain – which focused on the feelings of joy and sadness that come with a spring shower.

Regarding his newest series, Pham shares:

“During a time of isolation, I found myself looking to the outdoors, reminiscing about a lost Summer. Figures are seen basking in the sun-drenched landscape, tangling among a mixture of blooming flowers and birds of the mid-west. Time seems to slow down enough for them to soak up the warmth and [colours] of Summer.”

The Days of Miracle and Wonder from Redd Walitzki, and Summer Hues from Bao Pham, premiere Saturday, April 10th, in Gallery 2, alongside the 15 Year Anniversary Group Exhibition in the Main Gallery.

Corey Helford Gallery is located at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033, and normal hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Please note: The gallery has resumed partial visiting hours (Thursday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm). In accordance with LA County Public Health restrictions, maximum occupancy is restricted to 12 people at a time, mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory. In accordance with CDC guidelines, guest temperatures will be checked using an infrared scanner upon entry.

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