PRECURSOR – The LA Artshow + Hanna Jaeun @ Copro Gallery

Looking for a pick me up? Look no further than the PRECURSER group show at Copro Gallery, which brings you a tease of what’s to come at the LA Artshow later this year. The PRECURSER show examples the broad array of artists under the Copro Gallery veil, from the pop art wonders by Xue Wang to the dark surrealism of Chris Mars and Horacio Quiroz. Also in the mix are the strange and wonderful creatures by Naoto Hattori, Joe Vaux and Nick Sheehy, as well as delectable portraits by Che Leviathan and Luke Hillestad. The show also displays an exciting mix of sculptures by Mari Shimizu, Samantha Schumaker and Stefanie Vega, who all bring their own versions of the dark and quirky, from whispers of gothic Lolita to mythological fantasy.

At the same time, Copro Gallery welcomes back Hanna Jaeun. She will be unveiling five new paintings under her Artist Spotlight, created especially in 2021!

The full LA ARTSHOW has been rescheduled from February to July 28, 2021, due to COVID-19.

PRECURSOR – The LA Artshow / Hanna Jaeun

LA Art Show Precurser

Exhibitions Dates: February 13 – March 6, 2021

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 13, 2021 | 1pm – 7pm. Free and open to the public by RSVP (please e-mail to RSVP.).

MASKS REQUIRED & SOCIAL DISTANCING – 10 people admitted at a time (be sure to RSVP!).

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.

Full list of exhibiting artists at PRECURSER: Benz & Chang, Brad Gray, Che Leviathan, Chris Buzelli, Chris Mars, Horacio Quiroz. Joe Vaux, John Brophy, Luke Hillestad, Naoto Hattori, Nick Sheehy, Nouar, Samantha Schumaker, Stefanie Vega, Stephanie Inagaki, Travis Louie, Vanessa Lemen, Wes Benscoter, Xue Wang.

A virtual tour will be available soon on the Copro Gallery website. The tour will be able to be viewed online, or with VR glasses!

Copro Gallery was founded in 1992 by Joe Copro, Greg Escalante and Douglas Nason as an entity to curate art exhibitions of emerging artists and publish the highest quality limited edition prints. Copro Gallery also became a base for assisting and curating museum exhibitions which it continues to do. In 1994 owner Greg Escalante co-founded Juxtapoz magazine and the gallery participated with the magazine to curate, publicize and be a media sponsor of many events inside and outside of the gallery and further promote artists. The gallery then founded a permanent location in Culver City in 2000.

In 2005 The Gallery moved to Bergamot Station arts complex in Santa Monica CA with Gary Pressman as Gallery Director and soon after Douglas Nason left the gallery. The remaining owner Greg Escalante passed away in 2017 and the gallery is now being Managed and Directed by Gary Pressman and still owned by Joe Copro.

Samantha Schumaker nature fantasy bust
Samantha Schumaker: Mycologia Fantastica

The gallery, located at Bergamot Arts, is divided into two exhibition spaces, sometimes featuring a single artist but often two or three.  Large group exhibitions are also featured often in conjunction with outside curators. In following with its original mission, Copro participates in International Art Fairs and curates outside exhibits to help promote their artists.

Focusing on museum quality installations showcasing emerging artists, Copro also exhibits many established and master painters. Placing works in private collections throughout the world, Copro strives to assist collectors new and experienced in building the most exciting collections possible.

Hanna Jaeun lying on grass
Hanna Jaeun: Serpents Act
Stefani Inagaki Copro gallery
Stephanie Inagaki: The Ascending Descension 2021
Che Leviathan horse portrait Copro Gallery
Che Leviathan: Scorched Earth

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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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