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Kevin Macpherson

Laguna Cliffside
30 x 40 inches

KEVIN MACPHERSON'S  painting, Laguna Cliffside, is one of the exquisite works featured this November in "Nature's Harmony" exhibition at The Redfern Gallery along with prominent early Laguna artists including: Edgar Payne, William Wendt and Joseph Kleitsch. "Nature’s Harmony" is an evocative collection of works steeped in the American Impressionist tradition. These oil paintings are distinguished by their broad strokes and classic use of color and layering. "Nature's Harmony" is presented as part of the city-wide event "Art & Nature" sponsored by the Laguna Art Museum.  

Gregory Hull

30 x 36 inches

GREGORY HULL continues to dazzle us with this stunning and dramatic  rendition of the California poppy fields in the spring.  Hull, like the early California Impressionist's before him, is drawn to this amazing wonder of nature. The bright orange poppies are dotted with purple lupine flowers.  It is truly an unbelievable experience to see the California poppies in full bloom.   Hull's impactful painting creates a vision that will last a lifetime.

John Cosby

Wet Sand Laguna
24 x 36 inches

JOHN COSBY  brings into focus the nuances of the waters along the California Coast.     Wet Sand Laguna is a recent work of one of the most picturesque beaches in Laguna Beach, called Main Beach.  This stunning painting defines the ocean at its best with a multitude of color with light reflecting the intricacies of the moment.

Kevin Macpherson

A Bright Future Ahead
30 x 40 inches

KEVIN MACPHERSON is one of the country’s leading plein air painters today.  He is a master of the art of painting outdoors directly from nature, en plein air. Macpherson is quoted in a recent article about the artist in Art of the West magazine. "Art has an unexplained way of reminding us of the beauty and serenity that surrounds us, even in the most chaotic of situations. It can expand life's possibilities"  Macpherson's philosophies grow out of his art and lifelong travels.  Always optimistic, Macpherson aptly named this masterwork - A Bright Future Ahead. His most recent venture is the Art Ambassadors program bringing art to  underprivileged children throughout the globe.  www.artambassador.org

The Irvine Museum   INDEPENDENT VISIONS: WOMEN ARTIST OF CALIFORNIA 1880 - 1940 October 3, 2015 through January 21, 2016 

Pasadena Museum of California Art The Nature of William S. Rice: Arts and Crafts Painter and Printmaker   November 15 through April 3, 2016 

Laguna Art Museum ART & NATURE  November 2015

Bowers Museum CALIFORNIA THE GOLDEN YEARS permanent collection ongoing

Crocker Art Museum  CALIFORNIA AND AMERICAN ART  the permanent collection RAIN FOREST VISIONS through February 14, 2016

Art Walk    FIRST THURSDAYS ART WALK - November 5, 2015 Laguna Beach 6 - 9  

John M. Gamble
Bush Lupine, Near Del Monte
25 x 40 inches

John Marshall Gamble became nationally known for his California landscapes especially with colorful flowers.  However, Gamble was not a native Californian. Gamble was born in 1863 in Morristown, New Jersey.  His father worked for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company and, as a teenager, he moved with his family to Auckland, New Zealand.  At age 20, Gamble enrolled in the San Francisco School of Design and moved to California.  There he studied under Virgil Williams (1830-1866) and Emil Carlsen (1853-1932).  He furthered his education in France at the Academie Julian and the Academie Colarossi.

He returned to San Francisco and opened a studio there. When his studio and most of the city went up in flames in 1906, he relocated to Santa Barbara and remained there for the rest of his life. Gamble did no commercial art work and earned his living throughout his career from the sale of his paintings. For twenty-five years he served as color consultant for the Santa Barbara Board of Architectural Review.

A true artist, Gamble never did commercial work and was always able to earn his living from the sale of his paintings.  He was a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association, the San Francisco Art Association, the American Federation of the Arts and The Foundation of Western Artists.  He exhibited in the California Midwinter International Exposition (1894), the Mark Hopkins Institute (1898, 1906), and he won the gold medal in the Alaskan-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle in 1909.  He also exhibited in the San Francisco Art Association (1916), Stendahl Galleries in Los Angeles (1938), and the Golden Gate International Exhibition (1939).


Frank Cuprien
Summer Haze, Santa Monica Mountains
20 x 30 inches

Summer Haze, Santa Monica Mountains is an exceptional painting from the early 1900's.  Frank Cuprien is an important marine artist who settled in  Southern California in 1912.  He was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 23 1871. At a young age he was drawn to the arts, both music and painting.  Cuprien especially admired the seascapes of William Trost Richards (1883-1905).  Richards was a prominent marine painter with whom Cuprien eventually studied with in Philadelphia. Cuprien also studied at the Art Students League and the Cooper Union Art School in New York. He went on to study both music and art in Munich with Karl Raupp (1837-1918) and in Paris at the Academie Julian and in Leipzig in 1905.

Returning to the United States, Cuprien taught for five years at Baylor University in Texas. His love of painting and the sea lured him to Southern California in 1912. He lived briefly on Catalina Island and then eventually settled in Laguna Beach where he remained for the rest of his life.

He became an integral and popular member of the community for three decades. On a bluff overlooking the ocean, he built a home and studio which he named "The Viking." It became a bohemian gathering spot where he loved to entertain friends and fellow artists with piano recitals and exhibitions of his paintings.

The Laguna Art Museum owns several Frank Cuprien paintings including a painting titled "Santa Monica" from 1910. The Laguna Art Museum said this about the artist Frank Cuprien:  "An artist truly enchanted by the sea, Frank Cuprien built a home and studio in Laguna Beach in 1914. Named The Viking Studio, it was near Bluebird Canyon on a bluff overlooking the ocean. The artist called it his “Citadel of Inspiration” and could often be seen outdoors at his easel painting ocean views like those displayed. He would commonly use such works as the basis for larger compositions painted in the studio. Cuprien earned a national reputation for his paintings of the iridescent effects of sunlight and moonlight on calm seas. He was a founding member of the Laguna Beach Art Association, serving as president from 1921 to 1922."


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