“Art of La V” (September 2013 – Present)
As part of La Valencia’s “Art of La V” program, the hotel is collaborating with a long time La Jolla gallery, the Monarch Fine Art Gallery. Locally owned and operated, the Monarch Gallery will be providing art installations at various locations throughout La Valencia. Each installation will display a rotating collection of paintings featuring a wide variety of techniques and styles by internationally renowned artists from all background and ethnicities.
(Artwork on display in the Galeria Room)
Hessam Abrishami was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1951. He was greatly influenced by the ancient history surrounding him in his childhood. Seeking freedom from the limitations imposed on contemporary Iranian society, Hessam left his home country to expand his knowledge and awareness of the outside, changing world. His quest for artistic excellence took him to Italy where he began his higher education at the Academia di Belle Arti Pietro Vanucci in Perugia, Italy.
Hessam Abrishami is a master of vibrant colors, dynamic composition, and powerful expression. He has been professionally contributing to the contemporary art scene for more than forty years. Today, Hessam has countless private collectors worldwide and has exhibited in over 100 One-Man Gallery Shows, over 25 International Exhibitions and multiple Museums exhibits. Some include Museum of Contemporary Arts in Tehran, Museum of Arts and Sciences of Daytona Beach, Museum of Contemporary Art of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Hessam’s oeuvre has become much more than a grand collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. It has become a legacy.
(Artwork on display in La Valencia lobby)
Acclaimed by art critics and represented in prominent and distinguished collections throughout Europe, Ramon Vilanova is one of the great landscape painters living in Europe. His works have brought him more than 30 1st place prizes in major competitions and his work is in the permanent collection of many museums, a further testament to the credibility and importance of this extraordinary artist.
Vilanova works exclusively “plein-air”, at that time and place, giving his compositions a special sensitivity, an emotional experience of the scene he has chosen to commit to canvas.
Ramon was born and raised near Barcelona, Spain. He continues to live and to create in these idyllic surroundings in rural Catalonia to the north. His technique is at once complex and unusual, yet necessary, so that he can infuse the paintings with the sense of what he wishes to convey. He stains his canvases by generously spreading oil paints on with a spatula. Then, still using the spatula, he models and organizes the oils into his representation of the landscape before him. Several prominent European art critics have described Ramon as a “colorist” as his works contain a palette that by its subject matter demands the nuance and surprise of color so that we may properly interpret his sense of immediacy. Vilanova is a self-taught artist, who, though new to the U.S. art market, has been exhibiting in Europe with great success since the early 1970s. A book of his works entitled “Latidos” was published earlier this year.