PORTRAITURE 2020 @ Arcadia Contemporary

Five Painters. Five unique styles. Four continents. One subject.

Arcadia Contemporary welcomes you to “PORTRAITURE 2020”, a group show of international painters selected by Arcadia Contemporary for their unique signature styles. Together, they are redefining Portraiture.


Arcadia Contemporary Portraiture 2020

Opening Reception:
Saturday, January 11, 2020 | 6pm to 9pm

Exhibition Dates:
January 11 – January 26, 2020

Arcadia Contemporary

Old Town Pasadena | 39 East Colorado Blvd. | Pasadena, CA 91105

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Contact: 626-486-2018 or email info@arcadiacontemporary.com for inquiries.

Featured Artists: Mary Jane Ansell (Wales), Ben Ashton (England), Lo Chan Peng (Taiwan), Loribelle Spirovski (Australia) and Will St. John (USA)

Mary Jane Ansell red hair woman painting

Mary Jane Ansell – Naissance. Oil on panel, 24″ x 20″.


“Although all of them are, in the traditional sense, creating portraits, it is their distinctly unique styles and singular approaches that make the final works so different”, explains Steve Diamant, owner of Arcadia Contemporary.

All of the works exhibiting in PORTRAITURE 2020 are remarkable: Mary Jane Ansell’s bold paintings celebrate female strength without losing their femininity, awash in a sea of fresh and striking colour palettes. Ben Ashton’s portraiture playfully provides a surrealist twist, forcing you to question where the boundaries between the two genres lie. Lo Chan Peng’s ethereal artworks, subtly haunting, exude a life essence of their own even as they fade into the mists. Additionally, Loribelle Spirovski shares a strikingly contemporary take on this age-old art form, breaking the mould to make you think about what, truly, makes something a portrait? And in contrast to style, Will St. John’s fine art paintings glow with a traditional beauty, yet hide some contemporary surprises between the painted layers…

About Arcadia Contemporary:

Arcadia was founded in 2001 with a mission to exhibit highly skilled, representational artists. At over 3,000 square feet, Arcadia is one of the west coast’s largest showcases for contemporary, representational art and remains impervious to the varying conceptual and stylistic shifts often occurring in the contemporary, art world. Arcadia Contemporary proudly maintains its vision to present virtuoso, realist painting, drawing and sculpture by artists who are creating genuinely unique and timeless work.

Mary Jane Ansell - Lamina II painting

Mary Jane Ansell – Lamina II. Oil on panel, 12″ x 12″

Mary Jane Ansell - Liberty Call (Revolution) Arcadia Contemporary Portraiture 2020

Mary Jane Ansell – Liberty Call (Revolution). Oil on panel, 20″ diameter

Ben Ashton - Britannia surreal painting

Ben Ashton – Britannia. Oil on canvas, 35″ x 28″

 Ben Ashton - Grasp figurative nude art painting

Ben Ashton – Grasp. Oil on linen, 39″ x 31″

Ben Ashton - The Best Intentions No 1

Ben Ashton – The Best Intentions No 1. Oil on panel, 22″ x 18″

Lo Chan Peng - Dark Forest painting Arcadia Contemporary Portraiture 2020

Lo Chan Peng – Dark Forest. Oil on panel, 27″ in diameter

Lo Chan Peng - The Rain portrait painting

Lo Chan Peng – The Rain. Oil on canvas, 29″ x 29″

Lo Chan Peng - The Fog surreal painting

Lo Chan Peng – The Fog. Oil on canvas, 36″ x 28″ (plus frame)

Loribelle Spirovski - Donna Cattiva surreal painting

Loribelle Spirovski – Donna Cattiva. Oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″ 

Loribelle Spirovski - Homme 164 abstract painting

Loribelle Spirovski – Homme 164. Oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″

Loribelle Spirovski - Homme 167 abstract painting

Loribelle Spirovski – Homme 167. Oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″

Will St. John - The Rogue realism portrait painting

Will St. John – The Rogue. Oil on canvas, 39″ x 32″

Will St. John - Spring realism portrait painting

Will St. John – Spring. Oil on canvas, 23″ in diameter

Will St. John - Laura Reclining painting

Will St. John – Laura Reclining. Oil on canvas, 14″ x 11″

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About Author

Based in the UK, Natalia Joruk enjoys a life surrounded by art, nature, and curious trinkets. As Deputy Editor, she's worked closely with the Editor-in-Chief for over a decade, supporting with the design and growth of Beautiful Bizarre and the maintenance of the annual Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize. Natalia also oversees sponsor partnerships for the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, and distribution of the magazine, so drop her an email if you know someone who would like to sponsor or stock! She also writes for both the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine website and print publication. One of her favourite perks is getting to know artists, gallery owners and their teams personally, so feel free to email her if there is anything she can help you with – or just to connect.


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