Article Originally Appeared in the Santa Monica Mirror
By Libby Lancaster
The art of Santa Monica resident, Charlie Patton has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout Los Angeles. On Sunday Oct. 23, the artist will be opening in a solo exhibition entitled “Visceral” Intuitive Abstraction at the Upper West Restaurant.
“I have never shown at a restaurant before,” said Patton. “I am looking forward to doing this Upper West show because the restaurant is very cool. I love the space as it has the sense of a Soho gallery with high brick walls and bow truss ceilings and sky lights or ambient light to illuminate the art as if you were in a NY Gallery in late fall. It also is helpful that you have amazing food and wine to pair against the art.”
Patton began creating at a very young age, but it was not until 1998, that he began selling his work. He attended the Laguna Institute of the Arts in Laguna Beach. He then decided to study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. A whole new world of artistic possibilities opened up to him. He gained new techniques for his art and experimented with mixed media, abstractionism, impressionism and contemporary art.
I work in several different mediums, said Patton. I like acrylic because it allows quickness in drying and allows me to be less concerned with organizing the painting and to make visceral decision on color, and application. Oil has a different end result that I prefer but it it also needs a lot of time and thought in preparing for the painting process.
Patton said he chooses to work in series that are similar in subject matter, painting style, material, size of the canvas, and medium. “I normally paint 20 to 50 paintings in a series of which fifty percent of them will make it to the gallery and the remaining fifty percent are re-used or kept.” He explained that the painting Gandhi was a by-product of a re-purposed old painting that he re-painted in an abstract fugitive style. “I am a big fan of Gandhi and it emerged as a Gandhi looking painting.”
Patton also enjoys researching different artists. “Right now I am into Richard Diebenkorn who was a Northern California painter, but painted the Ocean Park series here in Santa Monica. He also was an abstract figure painting along with David Park,” he continued. “As far as emerging artists, I think Jennifer Verge is a sure bet to become very successful.”
Patton has shown his work in galleries in the Los Angeles area such as FAB Gallery in Santa Monica, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Flower and Hewes Gallery in Malibu, and more.
“Visceral’s” Intuitive Abstraction reception is Sunday Oct. 23 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Upper West Restaurant: www.theupperwest.com.
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 that was the bike builders who create one of a kind bikes that are master designed like art.”
Working on several paintings at once, he chooses to use acrylic more often than oil…”Since it allows quickness in drying and allows him to be less concerned with organizing the painting and to make visceral decision on color, and application. Oil has a different end result that I prefer but it also needs a lot of time and thought in preparing for the painting process.”
He went on to say that painting can be meditative, and that when he is working on a painting, or any type of art, one of the most important things about creating it is that it allows him to transform his perspective into a relaxed frame of mind.
He has attended several art openings at Upper West Restaurant and said the space is perfect for his work and he is looking forward to the opening. He added that the food is also some of the best that he has had…his favorite dish being the short rib.
On Sunday, October 23rd, enjoy the opening reception of “Visceral” from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Upper West located at 3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 90404. Call the restaurant for more details at (310)586-1111. Artist Charlie Patton will be in attendance. http://www.theupperwest.com/ For additional information about the artist visit https://www.facebook.com/cpattonart/
Get lost in the colorful creative world of Charlie Patton’s art, Sunday, October 23rd at Upper West.
Get lost in the colorful creative world of Charlie Patton’s art, Sunday, October 23rd at Upper West. Wine and cheese will be served from 4-7. Come enjoy a relaxing evening of art and food!
Date: Sunday, Oct 23th
Wine Cheese and Art
This article was originally posted on laartparty.com by Chris Carr as, Support Breast Cancer Research Foundation on St Paddy’s Day at Upper West!
Upper West celebrates St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th), from 5pm – 10pm. The special night will also double for a fundraiser to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)!
There is no admission charge to come to the party, and everything you order will help this important cause. Upper West will donate 25% of all restaurant proceeds that evening starting at 5pm. Enjoy the amazing cuisine, while sipping one of Upper West’s original cocktails knowing that you are supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)!
The event was created by two local Mar Vista marathon runners, Jessica Balsam and Holly Sortomme, who are taking on the Boston and Vancouver Marathons in honor and support of their friends who are fighting against breast cancer.
Balsam and Sortomme are raising funds for the BCRF because 91 cents of each dollar spent by BCRF goes directly to research and awareness programs. So come celebrate the holiday and help raise money to support breast cancer research in hopes of finding a cure!
Raffle prizes, silent auction items and live music throughout the night!
Come on out and find your inner Leprechaun!
Where: Upper West, 3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 90404
Phone: 310 586-1111
Join us on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, from 5pm – 10pm at Upper West for a night of fundraising in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)
This story was originally seen on BeverlyPress.com as Oscar Night Viewing Party.
Dress up and head to Upper West Restaurant to watch the 88th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28. The Oscar viewing party begins at 4:30 p.m. Guests can vote for their favorite Oscar contenders and win prizes. Upper West will donate 25 percent of the evening’s proceeds to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training. The suggested donation is $20. Reservations are recommended. 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310)586-1111.
Valentine’s day came and went with a flurry. As usual, the trendy Santa Monica restaurant Upper West catered to a sold out crowd on the most romantic night of the year. Next in line for Upper West is an opening reception for artist Brooke Harker on Sunday, February 21.
Harker just returned from her second trip to Italy where her lively paintings were featured in two solo exhibitions. The latter took place in January 2016 at Satura Art Gallery in the old town district of Genoa, Italy. In 2015, she completed an artist residency on a farm in Italy (about an hour south of Rome) where she created the works for that collection. There she lived the artist dream, entrenched in Italian culture…painting and visiting historic landmarks. Harker, a Los Angeles based cityscape artist (known for capturing the energy of busy LA scenes as well as numerous cities around the world), gained this opportunity due to her ability to depict urban perspectives which transport viewers into the colorful worlds created on canvas.
Harker revealed that one of the challenges she encountered in Italy which truly changed her as an artist, was that she had to re-adjust her work-to-life ratio. Italians are known for being relaxed, drinking wine, and enjoying social interactions in the middle of the day…that was a foreign concept for the hard working artist. “I really thought I would paint in Italy like I did in LA…with speed, force, and an unyielding pursuit of a goal. Instead, I encountered many people who were just sure that I couldn’t enjoy my life while working. I learned that Italians want everyone to enjoy their lives. After weeks of fighting it, I gave up and allowed myself to adapt to the culture. I agreed to embrace life differently. I took more breaks and soaked in the details… Perhaps that was an ironic and humbling shift for me.” One can only assume that this point hit home for the artist since her work spotlights the beauty of life’s details in the midst of an active scene.
At Upper West, Harker will be showcasing various selections of her cityscapes, some of which caught the attention of Italian curator Alfio Borghese and landed her that opportunity to paint LA in Italy. This solo exhibition titled “Memoirs of Cities” will feature images from downtown LA to coastal areas such as Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Catalina, as well as some from San Francisco, New York City, and Tokyo.
As Harker has resumed life and painting in LA, she said she continues to apply what she learned abroad in future collections both inspired by Italy and US cities. “Perhaps there is always room to enjoy moments more,” said Harker. “There is nourishment in colors and in savoring life’s details the same way there are vitamins in food. Being healthy is a matter of choosing which moments to take in just like we choose our meals.”
A fan of the restaurant, Harker said she is excited about showing her work at Upper West. “I’m quite impressed with the food at Upper West…the dishes are like works of art!”
The artist continued, “I paint the fleeting moments that for a split second fuel me. One such moment inspired Broadway & 6th, which features a bustling scene in downtown Los Angeles. The crosswalk flashed a countdown of seconds while I crossed the street. I left the camera display screen off and didn’t look through the viewfinder when I snapped photos over my shoulder. It was a game to see what I could capture by chance and from that moment of play, this painting was born.”
Harker’s vibrant depictions of gritty urban sprawl make for a lively and colorful exhibition adding to the ambiance and exquisite American fusion cuisine at Upper West.
Looking forward to the following week…the Oscars will once again be celebrated at the restaurant. Upper West will host a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser and donate a portion of the proceeds to the nonprofit. Harker has also agreed to donate a portion of sales on original paintings that day. “The condition affects children and families everywhere,” added Harker. “Regardless of methods used to treat cancer, my heart goes out to those who suffer the loss of loved ones.”
Sara K. Fay (LLS volunteer and organizer) explained, “The work that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is doing to create a world free of blood cancer is simply unparalleled. No other organization has been as dedicated to researchers, hospitals, patients and their families than LLS. In fact, LLS has been involved in EVERY major blood cancer breakthrough in the last 50 years, and in that time span, survival rates for blood cancers have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled. They’ve invested $1 billion to get those results. Their commitment to the cause is clear.”
It was Fay’s idea to start the fundraiser three years ago. In 2011, at the age of twenty-three, she lost her Dad to acute myeloid leukemia. Since then she has helped to raise more than $100,000 for LLS to fund research, cures, and patient support programs. Last year, Lindsey Adelstein joined forces with her, and this year, Cameron Iverson has also joined the planning team.
The viewing party begins at 4:30 pm (at the start of the red carpet event). Attendees are encouraged to dress for the occasion and participate in the Oscar winner prediction challenge. Prizes and additional drawings will be part of the event. There is a suggested donation of $20. The full menu will be available.
Upper West is located at 3321 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. For more information or to make reservations, call 310.586.1111 or visit TheUpperWest.com. To find out more about LLS, see LLS.org.
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Heard about this place as "a new Santa Monica Restaurant hot spot". It definitely is that exactly. Super cool vibe, great straight-forward menu and killer bar selection. The crafted beers on tap put this place on the radar for me and the signature cocktails are delicious. I had the Honey Rye and my girlfriend had the Pepperoncini Martini. The first time I went I had the Burger, which was really good...the second time I went with the Braised Short Ribs...YUM. The decor inside is classy, but not pretentious. Perfect place for date-night or just hanging out at the bar. Bravo Upper West. You'll be seeing a lot of me and my friends! All night Happy Hour on Monday nights?...I'm in
I've been to this Santa Monica restaurant twice, and both times it was for a birthday party.
The atmosphere is amazing, the drinks are perfect, and the food is always pleasing. I think the most recent time I went, I got the salmon, and it was really good!