CCA President Stephen Beal Featured in Exhibition at George Lawson Gallery in Los Angeles

Untitled, 2011, acrylic gouache on wood panel 20 x 20 in.View slideshow 

"Steve Beal’s gorgeous, dare I say radiant paintings incorporate the bones of the work, the scaffolding, the process, the getting ready to take, and the contemplation before, the plunge."

— Carol Becker, Dean Columbia School of the Arts

Stephen Beal's Selected Paintings

CCA President Stephen Beal's latest works are presented in tandem with Stephen Westfall (American painter, critic, and professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and Bard College) in a shared exhibition at the new location of the George Lawson Gallery in Culver City, Los Angeles. Selected Paintings will showcase the recent work of each of these influential artists. It opens August 3 and runs through September 3, 2011.

"My initial reaction to Beal’s paintings on first seeing them in a two-person show at Mark Wolfe’s gallery," wrote Gallery Director George Lawson in 2010, "was to delight in their tuned rhythms and the quiet resonance of their color. I was surprised by the authority with which these modestly sized works commanded the space on the gallery walls that surrounded them." Read Warp and Weft: The Painting of Stephen Beal »

Beal's work was also currently on display in the exhibition Recent Paintings, which opened in November 2010 when George Lawson Gallery was located in San Francisco. In January 2009 San Francisco's Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art featured a pairing of solo exhibitions by Beal and fellow CCA faculty member Yee Jan Bao.

About Stephen Westfall

Stephen Westfall's work is in the collections of Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk (Denmark); Albertina Museum, Vienna; Baltimore Museum of Art; Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica; and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City. He is a Rome Prize recipient (2009); a Guggenheim Fellowship awardee (2007); and a three-time National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient, among other awards.

His writing has appeared in Art in America, Vogue, the New York Times, Arts, Art News, the Partisan Review, and the New Criterion.

About Yee Jan Bao

An Oakland-based painter, Yee Jan Bao serves as a senior adjunct professor on the Painting/Drawing and Diversity Studies faculties at CCA, and has previously taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has received grants from the Gottlieb Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About George Lawson Gallery

The George Lawson Gallery was established in 2008 and moved from San Francisco to Culver City in June of 2011. The program showcases an international stable of contemporary artists with an emphasis on painting.


Review by Christopher Reiger in Hungry Hyaena
Download Stephen Beal, Recent Paintings (Published on the occasion of exhibition 22)