For Immediate Press
February 25, 2021
Shane Guffogg: “40 Years of Self-Portraits”, (solo exhibition)
The exhibition opens March 27, 2021
Exhibition dates: March. 27 – 24 April 2021
By appointment only
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 S. Sycamore Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Book appointments at Info.firstname.lastname@example.org
OCCCA telephone: 714-667-1517
Artist Reception: Saturday, April 3 at 7 pm via Zoom
Meeting ID: 810 7318 9033
March 27, 2021, marks the opening of Shane Guffogg: “40 Years of Self-Portraits”, at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California. The exhibition explores Shane Guffogg’s, self-portraits, which started in 1981 through to the present. This exhibition is a 40-year visual exploration of the artist’s psyche, beginning as a teenager, full of hope and dreams, to a mature mid-career world-renown artist. The works range from drawings to paintings to sculptures and are autobiographical portraits of his emotions while referencing art history as his backdrop. Some 87 works will be on display for the viewer to contemplate and reflect on.
Guffogg continuously quotes from and appropriates different artistic styles to explore the unspoken dialogue between the subconscious and conscious mind. The drawings, pastels, watercolors, oil paintings, sculptures, sketchbooks, and text (quotes from the artist) range from painterly neo-expressionism to renaissance realism. It will be quite a mix of representational and abstract works that will take the viewer on a journey through art history and the evolution of the artist.
What is interesting and quite unique about this exhibition is that Guffogg is widely recognized for his abstract paintings. What people don’t know is that throughout his career he has also been using and referencing his own image to investigate the human condition. This exhibition is co-curated by VC Projects.
Shane Guffogg is an American artist who divides his time between his home in Hollywood and his four-acre ranch in Central California, where he also maintains a studio. His creativity is admired by people around the world, and coveted and collected by recognizable names such as president, Bill Clinton, and Senator Hillary Clinton, Dustin Hoffman, Meg Ryan, Ed Harris, Sean William Scott, and other world-famous politicians and Hollywood celebrities. Shane Guffogg’s artwork is also in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA, The Museum of Modern Art at the Duke University, Jumex Foundation museum in Mexico City, St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, The Imperial Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg, Russia, The Gallery of the Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan to name a few. He was born in Los Angeles where he also received an art education from the California Institute of the Arts.
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, (OCCCA) is a 501 (c)(3) California non-profit corporation dedicated to the pursuit of professional excellence and freedom of expression in the arts.
Since its inception in 1980, it provides emerging and established member and guest artists a forum to explore and develop ideas in contemporary art in an atmosphere that promotes experimentation and risk-taking, but without the specter of censorship.
In addition, OCCCA develops and actively participates in public education, outreach, community art services. and free admission to all exhibitions.
Located in the heart of the Santa Ana Artists Village, OCCCA also presents a variety of programs: films, forums, concerts, workshops, classes, and first Saturday exhibition opening artist receptions.
In this discussion, Shane Guffogg and I unravel the psychological landscape of self-portraits. We talk about how social media has affected personal perception. Also, we explore his upcoming solo exhibition, Shane Guffogg: “40 Years of Self-Portraits.” What is interesting and quite unique about this exhibition is Guffogg is widely recognized for his abstract paintings. What people don’t know is that throughout his career he has also been using and referencing his own image to investigate the human condition.
Shane Guffogg is an American artist that looks through the lens of humanity at civilizations, both past, and present, and views time as threads that connect all people. His work is a visual language that is informed by the spiritualism of abstraction and the realism of the old masters. These two ideas are usually seen as separate but Guffogg fuses them seamlessly into works that transcend and become testaments to thoughts that inform us of who we are in the 21st century.
To learn more about Shane Guffogg visit, www.shaneguffogg.com
Music by April Aberdeen and Shane Guffogg