On Saturday August 10th, Copro Gallery unveiled three solo shows. Jason Limon, Lucia Heffernan and Jody Fallon share a selection of works both personal and introspective, each bringing their individual styles together. Exploring Copro Gallery will take you on a journey through many different emotions and parallel worlds.
JASON LIMON – LUCIA HEFFERNAN – JODY FALLON
August 10 – August 31, 2019
Bergamot Station Arts Complex, 2525 Michigan Ave, Unit T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact: Gary Pressman, Gallery Director Copro Gallery at CoproGallery@Live.com or tel: 310/829-2156.
It’s exciting to see the new images created for Jason Limon’s debut solo exhibition, “Signs of Life”, at Copro Gallery. Though often portraying symbols of death and skeletal characters, Jason Limon’s use of soft textures and warm, muted colour palettes evoke feelings of gentle comfort when looking at his paintings. The effect encourages you to stop and think about the symbolism within each piece. Jason says about the show:
“Over the last few years, at the end of the day, I would lay down to sleep and the first thoughts that would run through my mind were about death. I’m not a morbid person, nor am I afraid of death and the thoughts were typically quick. Then I would do my best to understand what it meant and usually fall asleep before even coming close to an answer.
This went on for a little over two years and I noticed just a few months back that the thoughts had faded. In hindsight and looking at [it] in retrospect I took it as a signal to rethink how I express my feelings through art. Most of what I am saying in these paintings is personal and revolves around fear, confusion and the fragility of life – about not having answers and trying to move beyond these ominous feelings. As dark as it all may sound, it has shed a positive light on how I create. In most of my new work I have also reintroduced the application of typography as well as the usage of multiple panel paintings; elements that I enjoyed early on in my career but had faded with time.”
Away We Go
Sign of Life
Make a Move
Suspended in time
Lucia Heffernan’s lifelong fascination with animals is inherently clear in her new works created for Copro Gallery. The selection of paintings delve into the beauty of different creatures, highlighting natural personality traits while imbuing the animal personas with more human elements along the way. Both entertaining and eye opening, Lucia Heffernan’s portraits create a theatrical world which viewers can connect with on an emotional level, from the playful innocence of the frolicking piglet to the meditative state of the egg-laying hen.
“Through my paintings, I seek to give animals a voice and a personality, while making light of our uniquely human existence. By imagining what animals might do if put in human situations, I stage tableaus that shine a spotlight on both their innocence and raw instinct.”
Self-taught artist Jody Fallon has developed an unmistakable signature style which merges raw emotion with dark and abstract images. Working primarily in oils, Jody’s paintings play with a broad colour palette which convey emotive shadowed figures and otherworldly landscapes. Sometimes, his paintings will draw you into the darkness, such as in his artwork ‘Lamentation’; a raw and honest depiction of this feeling laid bare in a nameless open field. Other times, you will sense the nostalgia within his mysterious landscapes which give a nod to the realms of sci-fi artwork.
“All the work for this group show was created specifically for the show, except ‘AROUND MIDNIGHT’ which I painted to exhibit at IX last year.” Jody reveals. “I started eight paintings around the middle of May when I was offered the opportunity to show and chose the five that I felt would work best for showing for the first time at Copro Gallery.
For this show, I am showing two very different styles of work that I like to do. My darker work and my other worldly sci-fi work. “LAMENTATIONS” is a very personal piece for me. It represents the feeling of personal loss and the pain that we go through, or, [that] I’ve gone through in dealing with it. Reaching into a thicket of lovely flowers knowing that you will also be reaching into a growth of briars, but still willing to reach for that hope and endure the pain to get to a better thing.
“THE FLAMING CITY” and “THE ECLIPSE OF OMEGA” are pieces inspired by the sci-fi work of Paul Lehr. Paul was a largely forgotten painter outside of serious collectors of 70’s and 80’s sci-fi. His work with scale and color has always been mesmerizing to me and there is really no one out there exploring this kind of work. Which I think is a shame because there is so much more that can be explored with this kind of imagery. When I met Paul in 1996, his generosity towards me is what led me to want to be a painter. I would like to keep his legacy alive with this kind of work.”
City of Flame
The Eclipse of Omega
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