WHAT: The Salon (owned by casting director John Papsidera) welcomes Los Angeles-based Gary Ward in a solo exhibition, ‘The Midnight Drawings’. The series exudes its title as Ward’s drawings, ramblings and musings were all done in the quiet of night when daily external noise comes to a halt. Ward committed to doing one drawing per day, around midnight, for an entire year and has amassed a plethora of work for his most extensive exhibit to date.
Though Ward has traditionally worked on paper in a mixed media format of charcoal, oil pastels and graphite, this show will also introduce collaged works presented on canvas. The style remaining the same, of course, intended to convey raw emotion and sharp wit .
The Salon (at Automatic Sweat)
2656 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Opening reception: Saturday, October 15; 6 – 9 p
Exhibit through November 5
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday; 10 a – 5p
Saturday by appointment
About Gary Ward:
Los Angeles native Gary Ward has a deep-rooted and inveterate relationship with Visual art. Using drawing and painting as a creative outlet, this lifelong exercise has evolved into a compelling restorative practice.
Ward pursued a creative career as a producer in both the digital and film realm in a career now spanning 30 years. However, at no point did he abandon his passion or commitment to drawing, sketching and scribbling whenever possible as an almost journal-like practice. In 2004 Ward was asked by Glu Gallery in Los Angeles to exhibit his work. Initially reluctant, he eventually approached the opportunity without expectation. The intensely personal nature of his work immediately resonated, and to Ward’s surprise, the show completely sold out.
He has continued to show at various galleries in the area, most recently at PYO gallery in downtown LA, where he completed his first mural. Ward has acquired an extensive and prominent list of collectors including Dave and Jordyn Grohl, Nick Valensi and Amanda de Cadenet, Molly Simms, Dewey Nicks, Selma Blair and many others.
Located in the prestigious Culver City Arts District, The Salon was established in 2013 and is the passion project of casting director John Papsidera and producer Valoree Papsidera. The husband/wife duo intended to create an inviting space to encourage artists in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. The Salon’s pioneering spirit and informal attitude encourages new collectors and strives to inject passion back into the gallery experience. Previous exhibitions include: Chris Kursel, Corinna Spencer, Danny Minnick, Dennis Morris, Gary Ward, Jonathan Gent, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Nick Stewart, Samaire Armstrong, Vanessa Prager and Theohuxxx. For more information please visit www.automaticsweat.com.