— ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Nathan Horner was born in East Liverpool, Ohio
on February 6, 1967, and was raised by his Mother and Grandmother
in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
It was apparent Nathan had a creative gift at an early age. Acknowledged
by his teachers and peers as an Artist, he was inspired to further
develop his talent. Through his desire to paint and draw, he received
many local awards, TV, and press coverage. Influenced by Andrew
Wythe, Horner’s early works were done in a Photo Realistic
Neo-Folk style using Color Pencils. Horner attended U.S.I.U. School
of Performing and Visual Arts.
"I paint in oils as the masters of impressionism, loosening
my techniques, painting with less concern for detail, allowing the
paint in all of its manifestations to convey my individual painterly
illusion of a realistic image. The painting becoming its own reality,
a product of the creative process. As a contemporary artist, I am
inspired by the substance of life, emotions, a muse, and my surroundings.
Each painting is passionately, romantically and energetically executed,
each descriptive brushstroke a bold deliberate respected flowing
action. After the point of inspiration, the execution of the work
becomes a game of chess."
Jose de Juan was originally from
Madrid, Spain, Jose L. De Juan he has been living in Southern California
for the last 14 years. He graduated in Graphic Design at the School
of Art in Madrid.
Mostly a landscape painter, Jose uses a classical atelier approach
to his artwork and he likes to integrate his subjects in their environment.
Jose's appreciation for the human body as artistic subject, and
specially, the angular and sensual masculine form, is evident in
his figure studies. His nudes are neither an excuse for mere artistic
practice nor simply a vehicle for sensual complacency. Jose sees
the male beauty as, imbued with both spiritual and erotic qualities.
Eroticism as an everyday state of the mind and a longing of the
Jose rarely uses direct sexual depictions but rather a more subdued,
even melancholic depiction of Eros.
Philip Pirolo is an artist and award
winning photographer living and working in Los Angeles. Through
photography, Pirolo explores issues of sexual identity, social norms
and ways in which surface, beauty and form become potent metaphors
for control, desire and loss.
Pirolo uses the body and elements of nature as instruments
of formal expression and seduction to articulate not only our fragile
and temporal existence, but also the visceral nature of being.
About the gallery:
Antebellum Gallery is located in the heart of downtown
Hollywood. The term antebellum is Latin for "before war".
While it commonly refers to a more romantic Gone With the Wind
era, we find ourselves again today with American culture at odds
with political / religious / social agendas that threaten to blow
the lid off its foundations at any given moment.
Steeped in Victorian nuances with a salon style, Antebellum is intended
as a hybrid of artistic, cultural, and political iconoclasm.