Opening reception October 4th, 7pm-10pm @ The Corey Helford Gallery
Looking at Joshua Petker's paintings it's apparent that he greatly admires beauty in women. I really like the bright and contrasting colors he uses in his oils. You can catch his work at the Corey Helford Gallery from October 4th through October 22nd.
I love his commentary on how he found his own style:
"I used to say I was born in the wrong century. The way overly dramatic kids claim to be old souls living in the present day, I was convinced I was secretly an impressionist painter, meant more for turn of the century's demi-monde opulence rather than today's world of animators, illustrators, and monster movie artists. I was convinced I should have been born in 1850.
Then I realized that I was approaching everything wrong. I live in Hollywood, this century's den of inequity and excess. I have eccentric colourful friends that rival the models of Degas and Renoir, I spend nights at Los Angeles bars that could rival those painted by Monet, and as this is 2007 I have access to neon pink and hot orange that I imagine even Van Gogh wouldn't know how to utilize. I am a contemporary painter interested in historic themes. There isn't anything wrong with that. I primarily paint women because I'm tremendously influenced by Klimt - and really focused on beauty."
Dates and Hours:
Tues-Sat: 12pm-6pm, or by appointment.
Opening reception October 4th, 7pm-10pm
Joshua Petker's website
Corey Helford Gallery website
8522 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232