Tuesday, June 7 – Saturday, June 25
Artist’s Reception & Awards Presentation: Saturday, June 11 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Awards of Merit(3) $100.00 cash Honorable Mention Awards(3) $50.00 cash The James Ackley McBride Award (best landscape) $75.00 cash The Yoko Cohen Award (best watercolor) $75.00 cash San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center 18312 Oxnard Street Tarzana, CA 91356 www.sfvacc.org Tel: 818.697.5525 Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm Juror Information: JIM MORPHESIS
Morphesis’ work examines the profound predicaments of human life and reflects the artist’s deep concern with the dehumanization of society over this and the last century. Morphesis most often works serially, on imagery and themes as varied as the Passion of the Christ (influenced by his Greek Orthodox upbringing), nude torsos (inspired by Rembrandt and Soutine) and universal symbols of mortality, including skulls and roses. Jim Morphesis lives and works in Los Angeles. Born in Philadelphia in 1948, Morphesis received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University in 1970 and earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the California Institute of the Arts in 1972. Morphesis’ paintings have been shown in 42 solo exhibitions and in more than 130 invitational group exhibitions in museums and galleries that include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Queens Museum of Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessalonica, Greece. In 2015, the Pasadena Museum of California Art presented an exhibition of Morphesis’ paintings that spanned four decades. His paintings can be seen in the permanent collections of more than 25 museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Oakland Museum of California, the Phoenix Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art in St. Louis and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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