Tuesday, June 28, 2011

American Legacy Fine Arts to show work by Eric Merrell July 16

American Legacy Fine Arts will present a collection of stunning paintings of the almost other-worldly terrain of the Mojave Desert during the exhibition Eric Merrell: Romance of the West - and the Western Spirit, which will be on view at the private gallery in Pasadena from July 16 to August 13, 2011.

A reception with the artist will be held on the opening day of the exhibition from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The 33-year-old Merrell created this body of work, comprised of 40 still life and landscape paintings that showcases the rugged, yet provocative, sensitivity of the American West, during his 2009 summer residency in Joshua Tree National Forest, near the California-Mexico border. The paintings were previously on view during a successful ten-week exhibition at the Forbes Galleries in New York City in 2010.

“The surreal desertscapes of the Mojave's Joshua Tree Forest and the Salton Sea provide the ultimate subjects for the sublime style of Eric Merrell,” remarked ALFA Director Elaine Adams. “His high-key color values project the intensity of the bright sunlight reflecting off the hot desert sand, and are in sharp contrast to the shades of cool blue hues in his nocturnes that convey the sudden drop in temperature that occurs in the cold desert evening,” added Adams.

American Legacy Fine Arts is located in the tranquil Pasadena neighborhood near the world-famous Rose Bowl. Gallery hours are by appointment 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Art enthusiasts interested in viewing the exhibition may schedule appointments by either calling (626) 577-7733 or emailing info@americanlegacyfinearts.com. The exhibition may also be viewed at the gallery's website, www.americanlegacyfinearts.com.

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