Sergio Lopez - North SF Bay Area Fine Artist

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•Christopher Queen Gallery: October 2nd, 2016. "A Splendid Journey: 40th Anniversary Show." Duncans Mills, CA.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Gallery Rejects, Part 2: Taste and Medium Choice

As a continuation of my post from last week, I am going to talk about another issue I ran into recently. I was contacted a few months ago by the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, which I consider to be the premier gallery in Sacramento. They asked me for some new work that had not been exhibited in the area before. This painting "Benibara" was painted about a year ago, but then I recently reworked it for myself.

"Benibara, Version 1"

When the gallery asked for a piece they could use for the promotion of me in the show, I sent them this painting. Can you guess why it was rejected?

That's right, the nipple piercings.

They explained that it is too risque for their gallery, and although it was a bit of a bummer, they know their clientele and their sensibilities, so I completely understood their reasoning. I decided later that the painting didn't need the piercings in it because it didn't add much to the concept anyway, and if it was going to be a distraction, it'd be a bad move artistically to leave them in. Besides, I've never included her piercings in any of my paintings of Vaunt since, so there was even less reason to keep them.

To end this anecdote on an uplifting note, I ended up selling this painting on my webstore! Woohoo!

"Benibara" 12x9 in. oil on linen mounted on panel. Sold.

Point 2: I created 4 new pieces for the show in January and 2 were taken. In order to keep this series interesting to me, I changed up mediums here. I'd done these in gouache before. I wanted to see what I could do with pastels. These were fun, although oil will always be my favorite. I put them in some nice frames. I didn't use adequate backing at first, which contributed to the gallery not taking them, but I think some galleries are averse to taking pastels from an artist not known for using them. I think these are unique, and will become a rare item for collectors.

"Sagiso" 15x8 in. pastel on paper. $875

"Sagiso" 14x18 in. framed pastel on paper. $875

"Tsubaki" 15x8 in. pastel on paper. $875

"Tsubaki" 14x18 in. framed pastel on paper.

Here are the 2 new paintings accepted into the show. These were done on Arches oil paper primed with gesso. It's an interesting surface to paint on, because it has different textural qualities that let me do things I wouldn't normally be able to do on canvas. Click on the photos for a higher resolution picture you can study the texture from better. I'm experimenting here with a looser more tactile treatment.

"Mayflower" 8x14 in. oil on paper mounted on board. $800

"Sombreuil" 8x14 in. oil on paper mounted on board. $800

But wait, there's more! I am also showing 2 pieces previously exhibited at Capital Artworks but being moved to Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento where they will have a much wider audience.

"Acapella" 14x14 in. oil on linen board. 2013 Sergio Lopez $1200.

"Perfumista" 12x15 in. oil on linen. $1100.

Speaking of which, here is the info about the show I am participating in. Elliot Fouts always does some nice graphics for their shows. Here are some photos with a couple of representational artists I'm showing alongside.

Link to Article in American Art Collector

Elliott Fouts Gallery
1831 P. Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone (916) 736-1429
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

40 & Under, a group show featuring artists 40 years old and younger.

Ali Cavanaugh, Angie Renfro, Gabriella Soraci, Jeanne Vadeboncoeur, Jose Di Gregorio, Tobias Tovera and Sergio Lopez.

Feb 1, 2014 - Feb 28, 2013 • Second Saturday opening reception: February 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

In closing, I want to ask a couple of questions:
Would you change a painting if a gallery requested it? Have you ever had to consider what a gallery's tastes might be when in the process of creating?

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