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Charlie Patton’s No Rules Approach to Art!

Article Originally Appeared in The Huffington Post By Henry K Long “I love to stand before a large blank white canvas and contemplate what it could be with total commitment and vigor, said artist Charlie Patton. “No Fear…this is how I approach a canvas.” He said he believes the number one rule in art is…there are no rules. “I look for mistakes sometimes that are deep seated statements of my real inner self, this is originality and real thought that paintings can use to tell stories with.” On Sunday, October 23rd, Patton will be featured in a solo exhibition entitled “Visceral” at Upper West restaurant. The Santa Monica restaurant has been hosting rotating art exhibition with artist reception since it first opened. Patton has been working in various art forms for over twenty-four years. In addition to being a traditional painter his work includes various mediums such as sculpture, photography, mixed medium, photo realism, furniture design, construction, murals etc. He is also a curator. Patton organized a group show at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Art was exhibited throughout the large vessel and its boiler rooms and cabins amounting to over fifty thousand square feet were utilized as art gallery space. The artist said he felt “Visceral” was a perfect title for the exhibition, since he paints with an intuitive visceral approach to subject matter, style, composition and medium. For this exhibition, he will show work from multiple series. “The motorcycle paintings where done a few years ago when I had a large art show on the queen Marry in Long Be ach,” said Patton. “The inspiration behind...

Opening Reception Sunday At Upper West For Artist Emily Van Horn

This article originally appeared on smmirror.com as Opening Reception Sunday At Upper West For Artist Emily Van Horn. For Venice artist Emily Van Horn, her paintings represent the distillation of accumulated experiences and how they’ve been instinctively contained and translated. She describes each piece as beginning as a journal entry using paint instead of words. Locals will be able to enjoy her latest works beginning this Sunday, Oct. 25 when she exhibits her works at Upper West restaurant at 3321 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4 pm to 7 pm Sunday. The works will stay on the restaurant’s walls for about three to four months. In recent years Van Horn has been a part of various group shows and events in Santa Monica and Venice, include the Venice Art Walk, Venice ArtBlock and various other local exhibitions. Van Horn runs a private practice of energy healing, something she has done since 1993. She says she got into painting because she was always around other artists. She says she also went to a lot of museums. “I was an appreciator of art,” says Van Horn, who was born and grew up in Long Beach. Van Horn remembers how she got into painting “almost like an accident.” “I kind of just fell into it,” she says. She recalls when she took a collage class at a community college for fun, she incorporated what she learned into her painting. With the support of her professor, she was propelled forward into improving her art. Inspiration for Van Horn is not typical; to her, it is...