|WHERE: Copro Nason Gallery (11265 Washington Bl., Culver City, Ca. 90230|
WHAT: "New Works" by Skot Olsen and Extremo the Clown
DATE: June 6, 2003 through July 5, 2003
CONTACT: Gary Pressman, Director, Copro/Nason Fine Art
Eccentric Portland Oregon artist/performer Extremo the Clown and acclaimed Florida artist Skot Olsen descend upon Los Angeles at the Copro/Nason Gallery to display their "New Works".
Best known as one of the key players in the art car movement, Extremo has spent thousands of hours assembling some of the wildest and most provocative art cars ever. He has been featured in Harrod Blanks' book "Art Cars" and several magazine articles and television documentaries.
For this stop, on his 3 day Southern California "EXTREMOGANZA", Copro/Nason gallery unveils Extremo's newest work. Extremo has drawn upon his 20+ years experience as a carnival sign painter and animator to create a series of paintings that are guaranteed to bring out the coulrophobe in all of us.
The "EXTREMOGANZA" begins Thursday June 5th, 7:00 p.m. at the Key Club and continues at Copro/Nason gallery on Friday and Cal State Fullerton's Grand central Art Center in Santa Ana on Saturday.
Skot Olsen was born at Fort Hood, Texas in 1969. While growing up in Connecticut, Skot and his parents spent their summers sailing up and down the coast of New England and all over the West Indies. It was on these long trips that Olsen developed his love for the culture and history of sea-faring people. Whale watches and scuba diving cultivated an interest for the strange things that live in the sea such as giant squid, which are the subject of many of his paintings. Small harbor towns and islands provided backdrops for many of the artist's formative years and the people he met there left an impression on him that is now visible in his current series of work.
Having lived near the Florida Everglades for the past 12 years, Skot has also developed an affinity for the Deep South. When not painting giant squid and sea captains, hillbillies are one of his favorite topics.
Skot's art training is evident in his paintings, which are cartoon in style, with somewhat realistic rendering. His work primarily deals with the human condition via an anecdote that unravels within the picture.
His work is collected by a diverse international population, spanning from tattoo artists and hipsters to business people and retirees. He has been in the same collections as some of the most notable figures in modern art and has been featured in several national and international publications.
"New Works" continues through July 5, 2003. Copro/Nason Fine Art is located at 11265 Washington Blvd. (between Sepulveda and Sawtelle Boulevards) in Culver City, CA. Please visit www.copronason.com to learn more about this exhibition and our gallery.