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.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Santa Paula Art Museum Exhibition

A small survey of work including paintings, drawings and tapestries - June 20 to November 8, 2015.

Checkout | 2005 | 63 x 63 inches | Oil on Canvas

Test for North Wall Tapestry 5 for the Cathedral of Our Lady Of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA
2001 | 192 x 82 inches (detail) | Jacquard Tapestry
Collection of the Museum of Ventura County

Big Platter | 2015 | 18 x 74 inches | Oil on Canvas

Study for a Beach Figure | 2014 | 14 x 11 inches | Oil on Panel
Study for an Unknown Saint (Lucy) | 1999 | 17.75 x 18.25 inches (detail) | Oil on Canvas
Private Collection

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

America Tortures Revisited

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released its report on the C.I.A. detention and interrogation program conducted during the Bush-Cheney regime. It confirms the open secret that with clear Bush administration approval America embraced torture. In the New York Times former Vice-President Dick Cheney emphasizes this approval and is irritated that anyone might think that the Bush-era torture practices were some sort of "rogue operation." Unfazed by anything the damning Senate report might reveal Cheney believes his minions should "be decorated, not criticized." The same NYT piece quotes George W. Bush from an interview on CNN contending that his administration's torture-masters should be regarded as "patriots." In his untroubled mind any other conclusion would be "off base."

Our Torture is Better Than Their Torture | John Nava | Jacquard Tapestry | 114 x 77 inches

Andrew Sullivan dissects the pride, immorality and lies of Bush-Cheney on torture here

The torture issue was covered in this 2012 publication from Fordham University Press - Speaking About Torture

My own work addressing Bush era policies began in 2005 and can be seen here. This page has a particularly good story about Bush being confronted by teenagers about American torture.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Acquisitions and Selections from the Permanent Collection at MEAM

C. Standing | 2013 | 60 x 60 inches | Oil on Panel | Coll. MEAM, Barcelona, Spain
An exhibition of selections from the permanent collection and new acquisitions at the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, Barcelona, Spain, July through August, 2014