July 11 - August 22, 2015
Paul Loya Gallery is proud to present our Summer group exhibition, TOP GUNS, a group exhibition featuring the works of Danny Fox, Charles Shedden, and Chloe Kovska. The show runs from July 11th, 2015 until August 22nd, 2015, with an artist reception on July 11th from 6-9 PM.
This exhibition is comprised of three artists whom have caught the gallery’s eye and have continued to stay on our radar the past year. Paul Loya Gallery receives countless submissions and we take the time to look at each one. Not only does the work of these four stand out, but each artist displays uniqueness through their discipline to their practice as well as their individual personalities. This year we took in an international selection to broaden our stable. Here at Paul Loya Gallery, we felt that Danny Fox, Charles Shedden and Chloe Kovska would not only blend well with our program but develop it in its progression.
Each bio below were given to us by the artists as they wanted them.
Danny Fox, aged 28,Born in St Ives, grew up in a house very close to the habitation of Alfred Wallis, one of the best-known artists in a town famous for artists. His paintings depict strippers at the White Horse, a Shoreditch pub famous for its pole-dancers and Thai ladyboys, he met in Bangkok. The paintings in these categories invite comparisons with Toulouse-Lautrec’s fin de siècle images of Parisian nightlife, and with Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon, painted just a little later, which, as everyone knows, has nothing to do with the papal city, but which instead depicts prostitutes in a brothel in the Calle d’Avignon in Barcelona.
A general feature of Danny Fox’s work is the sophisticated awareness it shows of the strategies and triumphs of Early Modernist art, and in particular of the paintings of Picasso and Matisse, made in the earlier phases of their respective careers. The spectator does not have to look either far or deep to find allusions to, and occasional borrowings from, Picasso in particular. What gives particular pleasure here is just what is stimulating about aspects of early Parisian modernism – genuine cultural seriousness, mixed with a degree of mischievous sleaze. There is every sign that Danny Fox the artist will continue to grow and develop.
– Edward Lucie-Smith
Graduate of Cooper Union, from Brooklyn Ny.
25 years of age, Chloe spends majority of her time tucked away on the floor drawing and creating images from her influences and imagination. Her father, from Macedonia, taught her to draw and paint at an early age and became a common family activity as she recalls. Discovering her families large collection of comic books from the late 1950’s and early 60’s gave her an unlimited access of resources to draw from, helping to mold and develop her distinct style. Cheeky characters, provocative gestures and heavy lined aeshetics come from her long association with tattoos that she was first introduced to from her uncle at an early age.
The old iconic imagery, slick lines and bold colors are reminiscent of the golden age of adverstisements, that you might find in back of your dad’s old stack of Playboys.