Melissa Morgan Fine Art presented the newest body of works by highly sought-after painter, Eric Zener on January 2, 2015 at a reception coinciding with El Paseo Art Walk. Rising star and Indian-born painter, Suhas Bhujbal also displayed his critically acclaimed series of urban semi-abstractions, and Los Angeles artist, Richard Baker, introduced his "Desert Scenes."
Submerged, photo-realistic figures float in their under-water paradises, as the meticulously rendered effects of light dance along their bodies. Zener's canvases grant a serene escape from the noise of the outside world, capturing the ephemeral, quiet moments of human interaction with water – a source of renewal, peace, and personal transformation.
Eric Zener's work has been exhibited internationally in Australia, Spain, and Japan, and can be found in numerous corporate, private, and museum collections throughout the United States, including the Walt Disney Corporation in Burbank, CA, Banana Republic in San Francisco, CA, L'Ajuntament de l'Escala in Spain, and the Alfabia Museum in Sumoto, Japan. His highly-acclaimed series of paintings have been featured in numerous publications, such as American Art Collector and Art News, and his selected awards include Il Beca Primavera de L'Ajuntament de l'Escala and the 31st Annual at the Palm Springs Museum.
In his inaugural exhibition at Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Indian-born painter, Suhas Bhujbal, will be displaying his critically acclaimed series of Urban semi-abstractions – fields of color which create the distinct cityscapes discovered in his travels. A rising star in the art world, Suhas is a faculty member in the Graduate Fine Arts Department at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Bhujbal's works were a hit at the 2014 Art Basel in Miami, Florida, and he has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and around the world, including the Palm Springs Art Museum, The Bombay Art Society in Bombay, India, and Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA.
With his distinctive style, Richard Baker captures the brilliant, sun-drenched activities of desert life by sculpting the effects of light on his subjects through heavy, pigment-rich brushstrokes. Baker's paintings explore the subjects of realism and material abstraction, maintaining the romance between figural representation and adoration for the medium of painting. Richard Baker's art education began at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied painting under renowned realist painter, Rackstraw Downes. Baker's works are also influenced by cinematography, which he comes by honestly as a highly regarded film and television producer.
Photography By Pat Lassy