Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Paintings by 
Michael Lynn Adams, Peter Adams, Jeremy Lipking, Cyn McCurry, 
Michael Pearce,Tony Pro, Alexey Steele and Mia Tavonatti

August 20 - September 30, 2011
Kwan Fong Gallery
California Lutheran University

On a spring day of 1805 with two haunting and soul-steering abrupt opening chords of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony No. 3, Romanticism forever etched into our collective consciousness and greatly changed the world we live in.

Manifesting deep-rooted revolt against social and political norms of the previous era, it waged a rebellion against regimented and ordained of the classicism, against impending Industrial Revolution and over-rationalization of nature.  It did so through unambiguous and unapologetic engagement of the personal putting an individual ahead of the sanctity of the world’s order.  It made its stand on an unshakably deep faith in the ability of an individual to challenge the course of pre-ordained destiny and proclaimed liberation of deep personal emotions. The notions of Love, Destiny, Service, Sacrifice became a propelling force of this heroic drive.

While severely broken by the horrors of the 20th century beginning with WWI, then emergence of Communism and Fascism followed by WWII, Romanticism still manifested itself even in the complete and violent rejection by modernist movement of any Romantic notion entirely and which eventually were purged from any prominence in the cultural field in the second half of the 20th century.

Today as we experience a new dramatic change in the flow of global events and rapid shifts in the ways society used to function through the last century, the Romantic notion of liberating of Personal once again destined to shift the course of cultural history.

A peculiar aspect of the official post-modernist establishment is that it largely reminiscing later day classicism with its regimented prescription of how appropriate art shall look like.  In this part modern day romanticists are continuing on the freedom of self-expression notion of their artistic fore-bearers.

Another inherently Romantic view is a sense of Purposeful Seriousness in the Act of Being. Y es, there are things in life worth living for outside of consumption, greed and glee promoted mercilessly by the official main stream.

Liberating true emotions from the suppression of both - the entrenched precepts of the official post-modernist establishment which delegitimizes any human feeling in Art just as much as from the clutches of commercialist packaging pushing mass consumed goods for the purpose of corporate bottom line - Romanticism of our day seeks re-affirming the humanistic sanctity of Personal Truth, Meaning, Beauty and Purpose.

Truthfulness in complexity of Image and Character as opposite to stereotypical convention, found in the works of serious leading artists of our days is exploring the depths of what is Real and True, piercing in a constant search into the very mysteries of the Visible.

As all social declines precipitated by apathy and convenient relativism – the trail blazing Romanticism once again flares its flames as an expression of wide public discontent with the forces of hyper-greed, injustice and corruption within society and affirmation of human ability to overcome any emerging challenge.

The all-powerful opening bursts of Eroica are striking a chord with humanity in flux once again.

Jeremy Lipking "Evening Light" oil 40" X 30"

Jeremy Lipking "Nude In Repose" oil 12" X 20"

Tony Pro "Thoughts Of Whistler" oil 24" X 18"

 Alexey Steele "Madonna Of The Storm: Unia and Wolf. 
The Storm is Comming" oil 80" X 36"

Alexey Steele "Rising: Jaboy, Christian, Derron, Michael, Luis" 
100" X  80" charcoal, pastel pencils, mixed medium on paper

Opening reception:   
Saturday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.
Artists' reception:     
Saturday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.