I got a chance to catch up with my old friend Kevin Chen recently when I was in LA. It had been a while since we last hung out and it was really great to spend time together. Kevin and I met way back in the summer of 96 at Associates in Art, the industry and artistic hub created by the late Mark Westermoe. Now Kevin has a school he built on his own, carrying on the legacy of Associates. It's called the Concept Design Academy and wow! If you are in LA and looking for a place to learn, this is it! Kevin gave us a tour and it was really impressive. What an exciting place to be. On the walls of CDA you can see not only instructor artwork but also some of the old Watkiss murals from Associates.
I was invited to take part in an exhibition at the Florence Academy of Art US called “12x12, A Portrait Exhibition”. All the artists were asked to produce head studies that were 12x12 inches in size. Looking at the paintings on the wall at Mana Contemporary gave an incredible glimpse into the diversity of approaches to head drawing and painting. It was an honor to be on the wall with so many other fantastic artists. If you are in the New York area and have an interest in figurative work this is a unique experience that can’t be replicated at any other gallery exhibition.