Colored pencils haven’t quite received the recognition of their counterparts as a fine art material- and yet over the years, we’ve featured artists from all over the world who have surprised us with what can be achieved by these utensils from our elementary school sets. CHG Circa in Los Angeles sent a group of international artists a set of their own and invited them to refer back to their child imagination: Andrew Brandou, Alex Rodriguez, Aven Helford, Beau Stanton, Brandi Milne, Caia Koopman, Carlos Ramos, Cathie Bleck, Greg Gossel, J. Otto Seibold, Joey Remmers, Kelsey Beckett, Ken Garduno, Korin Faught, Kukula, Liz McGrath, Lola, Luke Chueh, Maddie Carr, Michael Page, Mike Stilkey, Natalia Fabia, Nicomi Nix Turner, Richard J. Oliver, Sarah Folkman, Sylvia Ji, and Van Arno.
Opening this Saturday, “Your Pencilled Masses, Yearning To Be Free” notably marks the gallery’s final exhibition before moving into their new, much larger, space. Though the exhibit is defined as a “gentler” presentation of well known artists, most apply the medium seamlessly to the look and feel of their existing works. Kukula (HF Vol. 7), for example, uses pencils to elaborate on the delicacy of her figurine-like subjects, while adding a certain dreaminess to their pastoral surroundings. Andrew Brandou (HF Vol. 14) also adds depth and contrast to his colorful portraits of buddahs, recalling the bold linework of his animation influences. Take a look at more works from “Your Pencilled Masses, Yearning to be Free” below, on view at CHG Circa from October 3rd through November 7th, 2015.
Caia Koopman (detail)
Andrew Brandou (progress)