JoAnne Artman Gallery

JoAnne Artman Gallery New York
511A W 22nd St.
New York City, NY 10011
United States
T  949.510.5481
JoAnne Artman Gallery Laguna Beach
326 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
United States
T  949.510.5481

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  • JoAnne Artman   Owner
  • Tayler Murphy   Director and Fine Art Appraiser
  • Erin Metzdorf   Associate Director

JoAnne Artman Gallery presents vibrant and eclectic exhibitions by award-winning artists in Laguna Beach, CA and New York, NY.

Her roster of artists are rooted in her obvious passion for the artist's individual voice and mastery of technique. All artists are award-winning, and their works have been shown and collected in museums and private collections around the country and internationally.

Exhibiting Artists

  • America Martin  (+)

    Biography : AMERICA MARTIN is an internationally represented Colombian-American fine artist based in Los Angeles. America is a painter and a sculptor. The magnetic pull of Martin's work is authentic, generated by both her ability to express a unique gesture that speaks to a universal truth (thus, we recognize it instantly) and her exceptional skill at rendering that truth via the human form. She pulls from the stylistic lessons of the classics and its derivations with indigenous subject matter, while redefining what it is to combine abstract and indigenous motifs.Martin’s art and personality encapsulate a sense of enthusiasm and hope. While born in the US, the roots of America’s Colombian heritage deeply penetrate her work. People are Martin’s dominant subject. They are large in size, vivacious and accessible, and seem to burst out of the limits of each canvas or sculpture. Within this pulsating interplay of color, texture, line, and shape there is always America’s signature expression that identifies each work as an America Martin.

    Artist's Objects:

    • America Martin - Yo-Yo's and Walking

      Yo-Yo's and Walking

    • America Martin - "Gold Belt Boxer"

      "Gold Belt Boxer"

    • America Martin - Hands and Guitars

      Hands and Guitars

    • America Martin - Mermaids on Rocks & Birds in Sky

      Mermaids on Rocks & Birds in Sky

    • America Martin - Woman Walking

      Woman Walking

    • America Martin - Assorted Small Works on Paper

      Assorted Small Works on Paper

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  • John "Crash" Matos  (+)

    Biography : CRASH (b. John Matos, 1961, Bronx, New York) took an interest in unconventional artistic expression at an early age. At just 13 years old, he began following the older teens from his neighborhood to the train yards and began bombing. Designated as “CRASH” after he accidentally crashed the computer in his school, his name started appearing on trains circulating all throughout New York City. By 1980, the display of his work transitioned from train yard backdrops to canvases on gallery walls. CRASH transformed the graffiti movement by curating the groundbreaking "Graffiti Art Success for America" at Fashion MODA. CRASH’s career took off and he saw instant international popularity. His work has been part of numerous museum and gallery exhibitions around the world, including shows such as “Graffiti” at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and “Art in the Streets” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Regarded as a pioneer of graffiti art, CRASH’s work combines elements of both traditional fine art and underground urban art creating a dialogue concerning the very nature of art itself. With apparent Pop-Art influences showcased amongst a subcultural street art foundation, CRASH allows viewers to explore the impartial quality that art has to offer, reminding us that great art can be found everywhere, whether it be on the side of a train, encompassing the surface of a building, or displayed on the walls of an art gallery.

    Artist's Objects:

    • John "Crash" Matos - Johnnie Walker Red

      Johnnie Walker Red

    • John "Crash" Matos - Blackbook Jungle

      Blackbook Jungle

    • John "Crash" Matos - Panorama Overload

      Panorama Overload

    • John "Crash" Matos - Silver Streak

      Silver Streak

    • John "Crash" Matos - Untitled 9

      Untitled 9

    • John "Crash" Matos - Untitled 22

      Untitled 22

    • John "Crash" Matos - Peace To My Peeps

      Peace To My Peeps

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Other Represented Artists

  • Pedro Bonnin

    Biography : “I was born in 1967 in Cuernavaca, the city of eternal spring as people call it, 50 minutes south of Mexico City. I studied philosophy, so when I’m not painting I spend most of my time reading impossible books about truth, being, perception, meaning, reality and so on. In 1989 I traveled to Europe for the first time, I visited every single museum I could and every single gallery opening too (free wine is always welcomed when you are a poor traveler and I had the perfect alibi since I had a legitimate interest in art). I went to Italy and there I was mesmerized by the works of Giotto and the Italian masters of the Quattrocento like Simone Martini, Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Duccio di Buoninsegna to name a few. They opened my eyes. I suddenly realized up until that point in my life I’ve been living in a world of shadows. I’ve been an inhabitant of Plato’s cave and finally I was beginning to see the light. Art captivates us, seizes our minds, our bodies and souls, and makes us fall in love with it. Art can only be understood at the risk of our own lives. I don´t mean that we need to die to understand a masterpiece but we definitely need to be shocked by it and changed by it, which is a way of dying and being born again. So art can be dangerous. Picasso, who was a very smart man, once said that "Art is a weapon" and also that "Art is a lie that speaks about the truth". What kind of truth is for each one of us to find out. For my part, instead of talking forever, I would like to leave you with a very modest bunch of lies hanging from these virtual walls. I hope you enjoy them,” Pedro Bonnin.

  • Matt Devine

    Biography : Matt Devine is a self-taught sculptor working with steel, aluminum and bronze. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts in 1975, Devine moved to San Diego in 1995 where he learned how to weld and fabricate metal with his father while working at the La Jolla Playhouse. He moved on to work at various fabrication studios often working with designers and architects, eventually creating his own designs. Functional pieces gave way to non-representational sculptures. The contrasts of nature and industry, light and shadow, chaos and order are themes found throughout Devine’s body of work. Pared-down organic shapes are formed out of sheet metal and welded together in harmonious patterns making the heavy metal appear as light as paper. These contrasts, plus the relationships of patterns and boundaries, address Devine’s desire to contain chaos and push out the discord of an information-saturated culture. Even the process of welding has become a retreat from cultural noise.

  • Anthony Hunter

    Biography : Anthony Hunter was born in Lancashire, England 1987. He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2009 from the ‘Contemporary Art Course’ where he worked collaboratively with his twin brother focusing on painting and a little bit of performance. After graduating, Anthony and his brother landed a job sitting for Damien Hirst at the exhibition 'POP LIFE' at Tate Modern, London, which involved them sitting underneath a pair of Hirst’s spot paintings. Following this they both became painting assistants for an unknown employer, and when this turned out to be Damien Hirst, a year later they were painting the spots rather than sitting beneath them. Anthony’s recent series of abstract paintings are born from simply wanting to paint with freedom and fun, especially having painted in such a structured, repetitive way as an Artist’s assistant for three years. “Making a painting is exciting, when I approach a blank board or canvas I have no idea what will happen. I make my paintings quickly and make it an enjoyable experience. I will pour the paint, I will scrape the paint, and I will attack it with a twelve-inch brush. When nothing in the painting bothers me and I think I can live with it, I will stop,” Anthony Hunter.

  • Robert Mars

    Biography : Robert Mars’ artwork chronicles an evolving fascination with the Golden Age of American popular culture and celebrates the icons of the 1950’s and 60’s by taking inspiration from this culture long past. Through the application of a rich color palette and tongue-in-cheek attitude, Mars’ paintings evoke a vintage quality of design and pay homage to the idealized age of growth and hopefulness that was prevalent in the USA at the end of the Depression. A time before the internet and mobile technology, where information was not instantly available to millions and there was no such thing as instant internet celebrities, and instead people lived with the myth of the unique, untouchable and unforgettable personalities of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley. A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, Mars begins the creative process by preparing his surface with multiple layers of brown paper in order to define the edges and delineate the background planes of color. He then alternates layers of paint and vintage paper ephemera, sanding away portions of the layers as he works, revealing the desired portions of under painting with the overall intention to provide the viewer with a muted window into America’s past. Chronicling this fascination with 1950’s and 60’s iconography, Mars has produced a body of artwork from his studio in New York that celebrates the commonplace objects and icons of an America long past, in a thoroughly modern and exquisitely constructed manner. His eye for a distinct facet of American history is impeccable and his ability to manipulate the color and wordplay of vintage printed material has earned him reference with the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Richard
Diebenkorn among other masters from the School of Pop.

  • Jane Maxwell

    Biography : Jane Maxwell is a mixed media artist based in Boston, MA. Her current work largely focuses on women, body image and the feminine ideal. Her collages are deeply layered works, combining color, texture and text that surround and become the female figure. Jane's work is shown in major galleries throughout the country and has been collected by art patrons around the world. Recently, Jane was selected to be included in the 30th anniversary edition of 'Who's Who in American Art.' She has been a guest lecturer at Wellesley College, Stonehill College and The New England Art Institute, on the topic of body image and art. Her work has been the focus of numerous newspaper and magazine articles and has been featured in many art books, including Collage for the Soul (Rockport Books) and Mixed Media Collage (Quarry Books). Maxwell's artistic voice grew out of a passion for vintage materials, modern fashion and design - mingled with a deep fascination for pop culture and female icons. In the late 1990's she studied mixed media at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Decordova Museum School in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She graduated with a BA in Literature from Middlebury College in 1986 then worked in the public relations industry for 10 years. She is married with three teenage children.

  • Greg Miller

    Biography : Drawing from the diverse cultural and geographic makeup of his Californian roots, Greg Miller explores his relationship with the space he inhabits to communicate a particular urban experience. Working with both paint and collage, he constructs and deconstructs exploring the contradiction, ambiguity, and truth between urban streetscape and history. Miller’s art is clever and cool. His abstracted backgrounds of drips, patterns, and phrases and the peeling back of layers provide a study in the impermanence of the things that surround us. His large-scale paintings and installations aim to make the most fleeting parts of American culture tangible. They grab us nostalgically, rousing us to enjoy the momentary beauty found in the impermanent parts of our lives. There is a fragile heroicness conveyed within the temporary nature of it all, especially within his construction of paper, wood, and natural materials, that gives Miller’s work liveliness and depth. GREG MILLER (b. 1951, Sacramento, California) spends his time between New York and Los Angeles.

  • Brooke Shaden

    Biography : Within the space of a square frame, I try to build a world that is undeniably separate from the one we live in. What fascinates me about any artistic medium is that it can pull the viewer out of a logical and common world, and place them within a space that is more alive. When I use a square frame, I hope that the viewer will forget that they are looking at a photograph and instead see an alternate reality, one that mixes painterly qualities with surrealism and fantasy. It is my goal in photography to make beautiful that which others find disturbing, to take a simple concept (be it birth, death, or something in between – life) and mold it into something complex and magnetic. I explore death and surrealism through my photography in order to show that reality has intricate ties with fantasy. Our world is not so different than the disturbing worlds I create within my frames. I argue that my surrealistic images are even more representational of life because they contain feelings and emotions that resonate with the viewers. Sometimes life does not have to be photographed according to reality; instead, why not explore the depths of the mind and soul and reach for something deeper than the reality that plagues us and traps us daily. My edited photographs are a far cry from the original image that comes out of the camera. I add texture to them to give a feeling of grime and age, thus giving the photographs a timeless feeling. I often play with the tones so that the subject is highlighted and the scenery falls away in to slight desaturation and abandonment. The real crux of my photography is portraiture; it is capturing the emotion of a single instance in a life. There is a particular feeling to all of my photographs, one that touches on the juxtaposition of the real yet surreal, a fantasy and a dream yet riddled with reality.

  • Marjorie Strider

    Biography : Marjorie Strider’s three-dimensional paintings and soft-sculpture installations place the techniques of Minimalism within the Pop Art movement. Inspired by images of pin-up girls, Strider’s paintings carved from wood, foam, and urethane placed her Pop culture subjects within a formal, medium-centered ethos.

  • Ray Turner

    Biography : “The current group of head paintings span ideas that started many years ago, and have manifested into these most recent paintings called Population Defaced. The nobility and the depravity that are part of our humanity and inhumanity, has continued to be a point of view. The face holds all the contradictions of our existence as a race, the good and the bad. You can tell who a person is in the first glance. There is a knowing that may take time to reveal itself fully, but it's there in the face, in a moment's notice. When we look at a painting of a person we participate in that knowing experience, the observer and the observed are revealed,” Ray Turner. RAY TURNER (b. 1958, Stockton, California) lives in Pasadena, California, where he earned his BFA from Art Center College of Design, then worked for thirteen years as a professor of painting and drawing at Art Center. His work has been showcased in exhibits throughout the country as well as in museums and galleries internationally.

  • James Verbicky

    Biography : Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from Polish descent, James Verbicky lived the majority of his early life between Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. As an adult, Verbicky moved to the U.S., and after struggling with legitimacy for many years, was awarded the rarely bestowed 'Extraordinary Ability' green card from the U.S. government due to his extensive involvement with a myriad of museums, galleries, charity organizations, and publications across America. In 2008, his work was selected for a 110 year-old juried exhibition at the Louvre, in Paris, France, with the Societie Nationale des Beaux-Arts. In 2010, Verbicky debuted the media paintings, mixed media works that stimulate the viewer with both content and texture. The three dimensional surfaces transcend traditional painting and venture into the realm of sculpture, and by utilizing vintage media and graphics, advertisements, and obsolete branding materials, Verbicky presents us with the result of decades of attempts to persuade, manipulate, and coerce through subtle and suggestive imagery. His works are at once deeply conceptual and hauntingly beautiful and abstract, capturing both forgotten and persisting icons of media and reminding us that we are constantly being influenced.

  • Lee Waisler

    Biography : “Inspiration comes from work, the most effective way to find inspiration is by working. The Artist’s intention/idea of a work takes precedence over the means by which the work is executed. The varied subject matter of my work issues from reactions that I have to people, events and ideas. With reference to the portraits, I believe that certain individuals have been significant in the development of world culture. Some of those who have advanced social justice are now being diminished or marginalized. I want those people to be remembered. Over the years, my painting has developed sculptural qualities with the inclusion of dimensional elements such as wood, sand, and glass. These materials themselves have come with strong symbolic associations. Wood is life, a living material. Glass is reflective and introspective. Sand is the ancient symbol of time. Through the use of these means and others, I wish to create a unique interaction between the viewer and the painting: a kind of confluence resulting in deepening insight via imaginative perception,” Lee Waisler. Lee Waisler lives and works in Palm Springs and Venice, CA.

  • James Wolanin

    Biography : James Wolanin’s paintings transport the viewer to an effervescent, candy-coated world inspired by vintage advertisements, photographs, and the artist’s own childhood memories. Identifying with Pop artists like Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist, Wolanin taps into our culture’s collective visual conscious, creating vibrant, stylized reflections of American life. Sunny skies, bright smiles, and carefree Sunday drives characterize the artist’s utopic vision, which blends nostalgia for mid-century America with a contemporary aesthetic. He notes, “I try to bring the viewer back to a time of innocence.” Wolanin’s background as a designer is evident in his dynamic compositions, fizzing color combinations, and bold use of graphic text. He forms each painting through an innovative stenciling technique that builds layer upon layer, color upon color, and concludes with a coating of surfboard resin – a fitting medium for images that capture the jubilant atmosphere of 1960’s beach culture. Beneath their glossy, seductive surfaces, the paintings swirl with intriguing psychological substance: Wolanin does not simply paint a scene, but constructs a fragment of narrative. Like the best portraitists, he can suggest entire relationships and personalities through a character’s pose or glance. James Wolanin lives and works in New Jersey. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is part of many important collections including a recent purchase by the Alex Katz Foundation.

  • Rimi Yang  (+)

    Biography : International artist Rimi Yang portrays the Yin and Yang of life and its uncertainties. Her emotional work explores the human psyche and its relation in connecting to polar opposites. Yang’s paintings are both dramatic yet whimsical, showing both Eastern and Western influences. Stylistically, she illustrates an attraction as well as repulsion to abstract expression. Her use of thick painted surfaces applied with gestural brushstroke point to the characteristics of abstraction; the attraction. These stylistic elements are reminiscent of artists such as Diego Velasquez and Edouard Manet. Yang’s portraiture is similar to that of Velasquez, as both contain a heavy use of paint and texture. The same painterly quality is also seen between Manet and Yang. Rimi Yang portrays the duality of her relationship to abstract expressionism by painting figurative work. Her subject matter is the repulsion to abstract expressionism depicting portraits, landscapes, and still life; all elements of the figurative approach. Her method is loose and spontaneous. Often, monumental-sized paintings can be completed within days. She celebrates the moment, the emotion, and materializes it onto the canvas.

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  • Eric Zener  (+)

    Biography : Eric Zener (b. 1966, Astoria, Oregon) is an American photorealist artist best known for figure paintings of lone subjects, often in or about swimming pools. Zener is a self-taught artist. His paintings, mostly in oil, are in a photorealist or "super-realist" style Zener describes as "Contemporary Renaissance". In 2003, while living in the Costa Brava region of Spain, Zener became interested in watching bathers, and began a series of paintings of water, and of people interacting with water. Many paintings from this period depict women swimming underwater amidst air bubbles, or diving into the water, and have been described as reminiscent of Hudson River School and Barbizon School painters. Eric Zener has been painting for a living for over 25 years. He is best known for his paintings with water as a primary element. Water has been the source of a variety of narratives that appeal to many people: spiritual and physical renewal, cleansing one's soul, taking the plunge and nostalgic memories of play and fun from childhood. Mr. Zener has always been intrigued by our relationship with nature - from its transformative qualities to produce so much joy in us to its equally transformative quality of fear and danger.

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Yo-Yo's and Walking - America Martin

America Martin Yo-Yo's and Walking

America Martin. "Yo-Yo's and Walking." Oil and Acrylic on Canvas. 74" x 87."

Peace To My Peeps - John "Crash" Matos

John "Crash" Matos Peace To My Peeps

John "Crash" Matos. Peace To My Peeps. Spray Paint on Canvas. 82" x 66."

Untitled 9 - John "Crash" Matos

John "Crash" Matos Untitled 9

John "Crash" Matos. "Untitled 9." Watercolor on Paper. 22" x 16."

Untitled 22 - John "Crash" Matos

John "Crash" Matos Untitled 22

John "Crash" Matos. "Untitled 22." Watercolor on Paper. 22" x 16."

Blackbook Jungle - John "Crash" Matos

John "Crash" Matos Blackbook Jungle

John "Crash" Matos. "Blackbook Jungle." Spray Paint on Canvas. 36" x 36."

Panorama Overload - John "Crash" Matos

John "Crash" Matos Panorama Overload

John "Crash" Matos. "Panorama Overload." Spray Paint on Canvas. 36" x 36."

Silver Streak - John "Crash" Matos

John "Crash" Matos Silver Streak

John "Crash" Matos. "Silver Streak." Spray Paint on Canvas. 36" x 36."

Assorted Small Works on Paper - America Martin

America Martin Assorted Small Works on Paper

America Martin. Assorted Small Works on Paper. A series of 23 Ink on Paper Pieces. Each: 12" x 12" Framed

Woman Walking - America Martin

America Martin Woman Walking

America Martin. "Woman Walking." Foam, Urethane Flex Coat, Industrial Paint. 96" x 25" x 23."

Mermaids on Rocks & Birds in Sky - America Martin

America Martin Mermaids on Rocks & Birds in Sky

America Martin. "Mermaids on Rocks and Birds in Sky." Oil and Acrylic on Canvas. 55.5" x 137.5"

Johnnie Walker Red - John "Crash" Matos

John "Crash" Matos Johnnie Walker Red

John "Crash" Matos. "Johnnie Walker Red." Mixed Media with Neon and Spray Paint on Canvas. 24" x 24"

Hands and Guitars - America Martin

America Martin Hands and Guitars

America Martin. "Hands and Guitars." Oil and Acrylic on Canvas. 47" x 91."

"Gold Belt Boxer" - America Martin

America Martin "Gold Belt Boxer"

America Martin. "Gold Belt Boxer." Oil and Acrylic on Canvas. 49" x 45."