The Art of James Strombotne
On exhibit at the Central Library
The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is very pleased to present works by renown artist James Strombotne in an exhibit at the Central Library.Since his first one-man show in 1956, James Strombotne has captivated audiences with his provocative paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture.
Strombotne’s paintings show a playfulness and simplicity, yet the originality of his contemporary composition reveals a sly sense of humor, social consciousness and adventurous spirit.
He has had over seventy-five one-man shows, with twelve retrospectives, in major locations around the country. His work has also been included in most major group shows in America, including two Whitney Biennials, the Carnegie International and the Corcoran Biennial. Strombotne’s paintings can be found in the permanent collections of museums across the United States, as well as in many 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.
Wireless Works of Art
The Newport Beach City Arts Commision present and exhibit of vintage table-top radios from the collection of longtime Newport Beach residents, Janet and Mark Hilbert. The exhibit showcases classic designs from the Hilbert’s collection of over 150 table top and 50 transistor radios dating from 1932 to 1965. Among the radios on display are a Packard Bell Stationized Clock Radio, showing regional radio stations on the dial, a 1951 Airline model featuring Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer, a radio resembling a Coca-Cola ice box, a mid-century Motorola tube radio and a stunning black and silver art deco design.
Collecting old radios came naturally to Mark Hilbert, whose parents owned a Pasadena appliance store that was the first in town to carry the RCA transistor radio. "The automobile and the radio were the two greatest design venues from the '30s to the '50s," he says. "In those days, companies like RCA, Motorola, Warner, GE, Zenith and Philco hired the greatest industrial designers in the world to design their radios. Manufacturers knew they would sell better if they were unique and attractive."