Cognoscenti of the Los Angeles art scene will recall
the curatorial splash, heard the summer of 2006, when Lev Moross
Gallery presented the dramatic lifetime retrospective of California-based
artist and master colorist, Ernest Lacy. Fresh off the heels of
that memorably ambitious introduction, which featured more than
100 of the artist’s best paintings, watercolors and pastels
produced over the last 50 years, we are pleased to announce the
first in a series of more intimate considerations of Ernest Lacy’s
many moods and technical explorations.
On March 17th, 2007, Lev Moross Gallery will launched a special
bi-monthly series of thematically focused exhibitions, highlighting
specific aspects of Ernest Lacy’s vast and varied artistic
oeuvre. This first event of the 2007 series presents Lacy’s
figurative art, featuring an in-depth look at the artist’s
paradigm-shattering approach to the male nude.
Lev Moross Gallery is delighted to represent the complete works
of Ernest Lacy, a prolific and multi-talented septuagenarian master
in the Cezanne tradition, whose ingenious use of color to depict
natural and figurative subject matter conveys an equal measure of
fluency with oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels.
Perhaps more gratifying, Lacy combines his fresh approach to color
with an astonishingly fluid draftsmanship. In an ironic twist, it
is precisely Lacy’s rigorous pursuit of academic excellence
in drawing, a commitment to competency reminiscent of the old masters,
which has provided him the freedom to render ordinary life, whether
desert landscapes, garden scenes, Central American villages or the
nude human form, as if we are seeing it for the first time.