Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sacred Material

Sacred Material is a new book that covers the work I did as part of the new cathedral of Los Angeles that opened in 2002. The book tells how that work became a series of three major tapestry cycles: The Communion of Saints, The Baptism of the Lord and The New Jerusalem. Essays describe the conceptual approach to the cathedral artwork and how the actual making of the tapestries developed. Sacred Material also contains a hagiography contributed by Sr. Mary Joanne Wittenburg that outlines the stories of the saints depicted in the tapestries. An essay by Bruce Robertson, Director of the Museum of Art, Design and Architecture at UC Santa Barbara contextualizes the art of the tapestries. Fr. Richard Vosko, who was a key figure in the art planning for the cathedral, contributes a foreword to the book. 

The book is published by Angel City Press with design by Lentini Design and Marketing

https://www.angelcitypress.com/products/nava

Sample pages from Sacred Material














Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Painting and Tapestry at Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara

 Announcement image: Parasol | 2017 | 16 x 12 inches | Oil on Linen

A show of painted studies around a 27 foot tapestry inspired by Seurat's Grande Jatte. The shoreline scene depicts Ventura's promenade and is populated with figures along the beach near Surfer's Point. The texture of the tapestry is a mosaic of colored patches that refer to Seurat's pointillist touch that itself was derived from Jacquard weaving.


Installation at Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, Nov-Dec 2017






Big Platter | 2017 | 87 x 330 inches | Jacquard tapestry
Figure with Parasol | 2017 | 74 x 30 inches | Oil on Canvas
Figure with Folding Chair | 2017 | 22 x 14.75 inches | Oil on Canvas
Emerging Surfer | 2017 | 61 x 29 inches | Oil on Prepared Paper 
EY (study) | 2017 | 49 x 29.5 inches | Charcoal on Canvas
Hoop | 2017 | 16 x 12 inches | Oil on Linen

Adams Portrait for the Yale School of Music

Portrait of Denise and Stephen Adams | John Nava 2016 | Oil on Canvas

Adams Portrait installed, Yale School of Music, January 2017

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Tapestry Installation - St. Thomas More, Oceanside CA

This 20 x 9.5 foot tapestry for the soon to be opened St. Thomas More Catholic church in Oceanside, CA was installed on December 4, 2015. The tapestry depicts images of Thomas More derived from drawings of the saint and his family by Hans Holbein the Younger. The tapestry also references More's best known literary work Utopia and one of his most famous quotes "Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal." The building was designed by Los Angeles architect, Renzo Zecchetto.


St. Thomas More and Family | 2015 | 20 x 9.5 feet | Jacquard Tapestry

View of tapestry from the entrance of the church
Cell phone photo of the tapestry


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Figure Studies at Vita Art Center

A small show of figurative works in tapestry, painting and drawing at the Vita Art Center, Ventura California.
Artist's Model | 2005 | 117 x 78 inches | Jacquard Tapestry
C. | 2015 | 60 x 60 inches | Oil on Panel
LC2 | 2015 | 16.5 x 13.5 | Oil on Panel






Thursday, October 8, 2015

ESMoA Exhibition - Experience 19: TOUCH

Stop the Dim Reaper (Michael) | 2006 | 30 x 77 inches | Jacquard Tapestry - Unique
Stop the Dim Reaper (Michael) is part of TOUCH, a large-scale group exhibition curated by Edward Goldman. It features original works and the photography of Jim McHugh at ESMoA (El Segundo Museum of Art).

Thursday, September 10, 2015

New Acquisitions at UCSB

Talking Back: New Acquisitions opens at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California Santa Barbara on September 12. Lizzie with Knit Cap, a large-scale tapestry commissioned by the museum will be part of the exhibition. The opening reception for the show is on September 25.

Exterior of the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara, October 2015

Lizzie with Knit Cap | 2015 | Jacquard Tapestry | 110 x 112 inches
Shot during installation at the AD&AM, September 2015
Lizzie with Knit Cap | 2015 | Jacquard Tapestry | 110 x 112 inches
Installation shot - October 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Figurativas '15 at MEAM

Anadyomene | 2007 | 48 x 36 inches | Oil on Canvas
Figurativas '15 is a semi-annual international competition for figurative painting and sculpture held by the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern in Barcelona, Spain. This year's jurors included Antonio Lopez Garcia, Odd Nerdrum, Richard Estes and Daniel Graves. I'm very happy that Anaydomene was selected for the exhibition.