The work of artist Charles Swenson will be featured as part of a group show at haleARTS S P A C E this Friday July 9th. The gallery features artists every two weeks.
Swenson has had a successful career as an animator and producer. While winning awards such as an Emmy, a Humanitas Award and a Cable Ace Award, he consistently created art. During the day, he worked with legends like, Frank Zappa, Peter Yarrow and Harry Nillson, then at night and on the weekends, he would paint.
Swenson paints every day. Working within a regimented schedule, he delves into creating art at his downtown studio at the Brewery. “My time here is finite, I arrive each morning about 9-9:30 but have a hard out as I have to pick up my daughter form her camp activities each day at 3:30, so I'm out of the studio at 3 latest. I've found it to be a great focusing agent,” says Swenson.
“I primarily work with oil on canvas, though six of the works being shown are acrylic on board, a very different medium, not one I've delved into very deep, but I like the results,” says the artist.
In addition to the “Sidecar” series Swenson is currently working on several others; often switching back and forth. Swenson describes his process, “I bounce back and forth between series, currently doing another Burningman portrait and continuing with the ‘Stick Figures’ series.”
Michael Hale of haleARTS S P A C E curates new shows just about every two weeks. He explains, “We consistently work to curate shows where the artists complement one another without competing, says Hale, usually pairing artists that work in different mediums while expressing similar expressions.”
He continues, “Although the exhibits / sales are quite different as we present quite an array of artists styles, we consistently curate shows that follow the theory above.”
It will also feature the work of Jerry Shevick and Phyllis Stuart and run through August 21.
The artist reception will be held Friday, August 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at haleARTS S P A C E is located at Edgemar Center, 2443 Main St. in Santa Monica. http://www.halearts.com/; http://charlesgswenson.com/