September 20, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Harrison Love Exhibits at Santa Monica’s Upper West

By Patty Tedesco

Artist Harrison Love finds inspiration everywhere. He grew up traveling around the world frequenting local galleries. “Santa Monica has an abundance of talent,” said Love, who will be exhibiting his work in a solo show at the Upper West Restaurant in Santa Monica.

One does not often think “restaurant” when it comes to art, but Upper West has been exhibiting a rotating series of art shows since it first opened. Love found out about the local hot spot and soon added it to his list of favorite eateries. Love continued, “I found it to be a very nice experience to be able to sit in front of a few pieces of art for an extended period of time. It was then when I realized I wanted my work to be on these walls.”

Love’s exhibition will feature sixteen works from different series. His Calligraffiti combines traditional calligraphy and American graffiti styles. He will also exhibit original illustrations from his upcoming book, “The Hidden Way,” which he has been preparing to option for publishing. The book is about Shamanic Amazonian myth and folklore and can be purchased online via his website.

“I often work in different series. For example, I have a completely different visual art style for depicting my dreams. Every form of art is a different style of communication, and I utilize several to have different conversations within my work,” said Love. “Each painting presents a different question with several solutions, but the only way for me to ascertain the answer is to approach it openly by accepting a different method of approach.”

Love was raised by artistic parents and said his family could not have been more supportive of his art. “When I was a child, and my family lived in Brussels, my family would travel to Europe together and visit as many museums and cultural sites as we could,” said the artist. “Of course at that age, I was often trying to drag them through the Louvre with a child’s impatience…unable to absorb it all.”

He added that museums became a kind of church to him, and he continued to frequent the museum throughout his youth. To this day, his parents continue to support his work…purchasing some of his newest paintings for their homes before he even had a chance to exhibit them. “Mom and Dad always get first dibs,” said Love.

The artist has created murals for Google, the City of Detroit, and for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. His work has been shown around the world, and a good portion of his art is currently in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist’s Gallery.

The opening reception for Harrison Love’s new exhibition takes place on Sunday, Nov. 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The artist will be in attendance.

Everyone invited to attend this free event at the Upper West Restaurant, 3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 90404. For more information head to HarrisonLove.com or theupperwest.com.

Harrison Love, Kids at Toys, Acrylic on Canvas, 58 x 68 inches. 2016
Related Posts

Beloved Santa Monica Artist Passes Away at 99

August 31, 2020

August 31, 2020

Venezuelan born artist surrealist artist Luchita Hurtado passes away  By Toi Creel For some in Santa Monica, the name Luchita...

Brock on Your Block: Saturday Morning Neighborhood Jazz

August 24, 2020

August 24, 2020

In the latest Brock on Your Block, Phil discovers an impromptu Jazz Concert by the neighbors – a great way...

Film/TV Review: Upload

May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

FILM/TV REVIEWUPLOADRated TV-MA30-Minute EpisodesSeason 1,10 Episodes Released on Amazon Prime May 1st Upload has the guise of a cute rom-com....

Edify TV: Santa Monica Place Food Court Vacancies

March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

Another restaurant has closed in the Santa Monica Place food court, adding to the number of vendor vacancies. Learn more...

Fried Chicken and Doughnut Joint Closes Santa Monica Location

March 4, 2020

March 4, 2020

All Southern California Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken shut down By Toi Creel After an almost three-year-long stint, Astro Doughnuts...

Edify TV: Free and Affordable Meals for SMC Students

March 3, 2020

March 3, 2020

Santa Monica College has opened its first Everytable SmartFridge. Learn more about this program to make healthy meals affordable for under $5 (and...

Lazy Daisy Cafe to Reopen Doors With New Menu, Ownership

February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020

Feb. 28 soft opening By Toi Creel A popular Santa Monica eatery-once planned to be closed for good – is...

Cinema at the Edge Film Festival Returns

February 19, 2020

February 19, 2020

February 21st to 23rd – Edgemar Center for the Arts By Staff Writer Housed at the Edgemar Center for the...

My Own Academy Awards

February 7, 2020

February 7, 2020

On May 16, 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an organization founded by Louis B. Mayer to...

Brock on Your Block: The Maiden Factor

February 3, 2020

February 3, 2020

Phil Brock meets Tracy Edwards, MBE, skipper of Maiden, who led the first all-female crew to complete the Whitbread Round...

Santa Monica High School Graduate Becomes NASA Astronaut

January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020

Dr. Jonny Kim becomes first Korean American astronaut By Sam Catanzaro A graduate of Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI) has...

My Attainable Goals for 2020

January 11, 2020

January 11, 2020

It’s 2020. The confetti has been swept up, the sugar and fat-laden treats have been eaten, and my door wreath...