Felix Los Angeles: Anna Sew Hoy | Billy Al Bengston | Jessie Homer French | Joshua Nathanson | Judith Linhares | Mark Yang

July 29 - August 1, 2021

Anna Sew Hoy (born 1976, Auckland, NZ, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) received her MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY in 2008. Solo presentations of Sew Hoy’s work have been mounted at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Aspen Art Museum, CO; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Koenig & Clinton Gallery, New York, NY; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY; LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art, CA; and the California Biennial 2008 at the Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA. Her work is in the collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; and Compound, Long Beach, CA. She was awarded a Creative Capital Grant for Visual Art in 2015 to support her public sculpture Psychic Body Grotto; the California Community Foundation Grant for Emerging Artists in 2013; and the United States Artists Broad Fellowship in 2006.

 

Billy Al Bengston (b. 1934, Dodge City, KS, lives and works in Venice Beach, CA and Honolulu, HI) moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1948. He studied painting under Richard Diebenkorn at California College of Arts, Oakland, CA. In 1957, Bengston began showing with the legendary Ferus Gallery (founded and run by Walter Hopps, Edward Kienholz and Irving Blum) until the gallery closed in 1966. Bengston has had major solo presentations at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the San Francisco Museum of Art, CA; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; and and a three person retrospective with Ed Ruscha and Ed Moses at the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT. His work is included in a number of important permanent collections including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Chicago Art Institute, IL; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA.

 

Jessie Homer French (b. 1940, New York, NY, lives and works in Mountain Center, CA) is a self-taught, self-proclaimed “regional narrative painter” who routinely, perhaps even obsessively, paints archetypes of death, nature and rural life. She has held solo exhibitions at Independent New York, NY; Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, IE and London, UK; Art Basel Hong Kong, CN; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA; the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Winchester Gallery, Victoria, BC; and Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY; François Ghebaly, Los Angeles, CA; CLEARING, New York, NY; the Palm Springs Museum, CA; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; and Samuel Freeman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. French’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Palm Spring Art Musuem and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

 

Joshua Nathanson (b. 1976, Washington, D.C., lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY and an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. He has held solo exhibitions at Yuz Museum, Shanghai, CN; Downs and Ross, New York, NY; Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, JP; Luce Gallery, Turin, IT; and at Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA / Seoul, KR. Recent group exhibitions include Van Doren Waxter, New York, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Yokohama Museum, Yokohama, JP; ARNDT, Gillman Barracks, SG; and 356 S. Mission, Los Angeles, CA. Nathanson’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL; the Museum of Contemporay Art San Diego, CA; and the Yuz Museum, Shanghai, CN.

 

Judith Linhares (b. 1940, Pasadena, CA, lives and works in New York, NY) grew up cavorting in the forests and ranches of Pasadena and studied art in Oakland, CA during the political and social revolution of the 1960s. Her technicolor paintings of wild, dominating women who hunt, camp, cook and ride naked on horseback are rooted in the alternative commune societies of the American West Coast, the propagation of Jungian psychology and dream research in San Francisco, CA, as well as art movements including Bay Area Figurative, California Funk Art, and Assemblage. For Linhares, whose exhaustive journals of her own dreams over the past 40 years were recently acquired by the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C., the absurd logic of dreams and fairy tales provide inspiration for her paintings that teeter between fantasy and reality. Linhares’ works are also featured in the public collections of the Whitney Museum, New York, NY; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; and the Berkeley Museum of Art, CA. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and multiple grants from the National Endowments for the Arts, Linhares most recently won the prestigious 2017 Artist Award from the Artists’ Legacy Foundation.

 

Mark Yang (b. 1994, Seoul, South Korea, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) received a B.F.A from Art Center College of Design and an M.F.A. from Columbia University, New York. Yang presented solo exhibitions at And Milk at Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, Dallas Art Fair, Korea International Art Fair and Steve Turner, Los Angeles. The artist has been in group exhibitions at Wallach Art Gallery, New York; Saga, Seoul; Steve Turner, Los Angeles; Thierry Goldberg, New York; and Ki Smith Gallery, New York. His work is included in the public collection of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta and Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.