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Art at the Library


Art Exhibition by James Strombotne

June 9 - August 3, 2015   I  Central Library Gallery    I   1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach


The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is very pleased to present a collection of paintings titled, “Grid Works,” along with a series of bronze sculptures, by renowned artist James Strombotne at the Central Library from June 9, through August 3. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach. Mr. Strombotne’s new book, Strombotne, The Art of Magic, will be available for purchase and signing.

James Strombotne has captivated audiences with his provocative paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture for over 50 years.  According to Mr. Strombotne, he began working on his series called “Grid Works” almost 20 years ago.  In these paintings, Strombotne has divided the canvas into sections of two, four, six or nine rectangles which contain serial imagery and read like a comic strip or storyboard. Strombotne explains that in some of these works, “My intention is narrative, to tell a story by way of a series of images.  In other works, my intention is to not tell a linear story, but rather to have each separate panel be complete unto itself, but intended to be seen in relation to the other panels.” His goal is to “have the whole greater than the sum of its parts: that two images, seen in juxtaposition, are more interesting than if they were viewed separately.”

James Strombotne is an American artist born in Watertown, South Dakota in 1934. He was raised and educated in Southern California, receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College in 1956 and his Master of Fine Arts from the Claremont Graduate School in 1959.  Strombotne’s paintings can be found in the permanent collections of museums across the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Hirshhorn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. His work is also included in many well-known private collections, most notably the Jack Nicholson collection, which includes twenty of Strombotne's major pieces. Strombotne retired in 2005 from his position as professor emeritus at the University of California, Riverside after 40 years of teaching.He continues to paint every day in his Orange County, California studio.

The art exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

Upcoming Exhibits

  • August 2015: Richard Bohn
  • September/October 2015: Ting Ting Lee
  • November 2015: Joe Lewis
  • December 2015/January 2016: Charlotte Lerner

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