David Bromley, Lauren Johnson
Andrew Weiss Gallery is honored to present, in its Los Angeles premier, a collection of paintings capturing free spirited, alluring, LA women on canvas. This collection features prominent and upcoming models within Los Angeles. Each model displays their own beauty, style, and grace within each canvas, which is so eloquently captured by Australian artist David Bromley.
This newly curated collection features David Bromley’s talent of illuminating the personalities of these women on canvas, each with their own unique qualities. This collection presents alongside, and is a companion to "Marilyn at 90: A Tribute to David Bromley", a retrospective exhibition featuring Marilyn Monroe through the lens and with the brush.
David Bromley, Mallory Jansen
"L.A. Women" and "Marilyn at 90: A Tribute to David Bromley" will begin with our opening reception on June 25, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and will run through September 1, 2016.
Interview with David Bromley on his inspiration for "L.A. Women":
"Andy Warhol immortalized her and even though her time on this earth had passed, she lives on forever a face, physicality, and a charisma. Her potency continues to seduce us as she seems both so beautiful and powerful. Equally, she seemed at times sad in her eyes and frail. With our opportunity to paint her and work with her images, we feel as if we have an opportunity to engage with her for longer. At times these works follow in the footsteps of people like Warhol, who, like me, seeks to heighten a story already told through respect and flamboyance, to paint her and further immortalize her."-David Bromley
Andrew Weiss Gallery is very excited to present a new collection of work by Russian-born French artist Romain de Tirtoff, or more commonly known as Erté. Andrew Weiss Gallery has recently acquired over 40 different unique fashion illustrations created by Erté in the 20th century. Each piece is unique and full of vibrant colors that pop right off the paper. These eye-catching paintings are windows into old Hollywood fashion and film.
Erté was a vastly diverse artist who excelled in an array of fields including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume, and set design for film, theatre, opera, and interior decor. Erté designed over 200 covers for the popular magazine, Harper's Bazaar, as well as many others including Illustrated London News, Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home Journal, and Vogue.
This particular group of pieces were the private collection of Helene Martini, also known as the Empress or the Countess. Martini was known for her involvement with the Parisian cabarets and owned 10 cabarets all over the city including Folies Bergere and Folies Pigalle. Her and Erté were great friends and he left this collection to her after he passed. A few years ago Helene Martini decided to put the whole collection up for auction.