Current Exhibitions

Joseph Paul Gerges: QUIETUS

Exhibition: Saturday, February 9–Saturday, March 30, 2019
Reception: Saturday, February 9, 4–6 p.m.
Artist Talk and Book Signing: Saturday, March 9, 3–5 p.m.
Location: Main Gallery

Joseph Paul Gerges’ current body of work, QUIETUS, explores notions of mortality, vulnerability, loss, and survival. Shaped by notable artist-printmakers including Rembrandt, Goya, and Käthe Kollwitz amongst others, Gerges employs the visual rhetoric of the sublime, the intimate, and the painful while blurring the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation. Conceived during a period of great adversity in the artist’s life, these delicate, anthropomorphic compositions illustrate the many facets of human hardship. The prints lay bare a provocative dialogue juxtaposing death and mortality with life’s tender and often overlooked moments. The animal tableaus are memorials to the aftermath of these experiences—surveying the damages to both the innocent and the culpable. Gerges creates a visual record that unveils a complex compassionate narrative, one that reflects the innermost strength and determination of the human spirit to overcome, and even embrace our lamentations as a means of propelling us forward in our shared humanity.

Image credit: Joseph Paul Gerges, Repose, nine color serigraph with gold on serio black paper, 25" x 35", edition of 100, 2016


Gary Brewer: The Shape of Time - A Ten Year Survey

Exhibition: Saturday, February 9–Saturday, March 30, 2019
Reception: Saturday, February 9, 4–6 p.m.
Location: Gallery 1

Form in nature speaks directly to us; we respond with a sense of awe and wonder to its beauty and exquisite design. In these structures, we can sense that there is a record of the development of life on Earth  – from simple to complex. In the design and configuration of different organic forms we can see similarities between them and the suggestion of different worlds. There are certain shapes, like red coral, that can suggest human anatomy, or the complex structures of lichen that can look like futuristic architecture.

Gary Brewer searches for rich, complex forms that are fantastic in their intricate detail and design, and with these images he composes paintings that are dynamic and balanced. They are meditations on the mysteries of life and the complex systems that have shaped our world.

Image credit: Gary Brewer, Secrets and Emanations (detail), oil on canvas, 96" x 72", 2015

Admission and parking are free. The Irvine Fine Arts Center is located inside Heritage Community Park at 14321 Yale Ave. For more information on our exhibitions, call 949-724-6880.


The First in a Series of Exhibitions

Paul Gardner: Abstract World

Exhibition: March 4–22, 2019
Location: City Hall Lobby, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606

Paul Gardner’s work creates a modern, expressively abstract take on our world, whether evoking the fluidity and forms of water or the liveliness of music, sound, and movement. His work communicates a sense of being in a place, having an experience, and being engulfed in sound, all infused with a joyous abandon. Gardner transfers his own three-dimensional experience of the world into a two-dimensional picture plane, inviting us to join him in an intuitive and improvised experiment while doing so.

Paul Gardner teaches painting classes at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. A native of Scotland, Gardner received a graduate degree in fine arts from Edinburgh College of Art. He has exhibited his art in Europe, United States, and Mexico.

City Hall Lobby Hours:
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays

Admission and parking are free. For more information on our exhibitions, call 949-724-6880.

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Image credit: Paul Gardner, Going Round in Circles, 40" x 40", acrylic on canvas