On January 29th, Corey Helford Gallery will unveil “In The Nursery”, its first major group exhibition of 2011. Following in the tradition of CHG’s renowned Bristol Museum exhibition, “Art From The New World” in 2010 and the star-studded paint-by-numbers exhibition in 2007, “Charity By Numbers”, this unique new group show continues the exploration and re-interpretation of Americana by twenty-six internationally acclaimed artists. The line-up features stellar new work by artists from the Street Art and New Fine Art Movements, including Aiko (formerly of FAILE), Shawn Barber, Ray Caesar, Sas and Colin Christian, Eine, Paul Frank, HUSH, Sage Vaughn, Michael Mararian and many more.
“In The Nursery” is a contemporary re-imagining of the lost art form of paintings and sculptures for children’s rooms and nurseries. Long before anime and Muppet posters, a number of noted artists concerned themselves with creating work for the one room of the household not usually decorated with fine art – the nursery. Frances Hook, who created the children’s portraits for the Northern Tissue labels in the 1950’s, and Margaret Keane, famous for her her wide-eyed animals and children, both created memorable and highly collectable works for children’s bed and play rooms. Prints taken from famous illustrated children’s books, such as Milne’s “Winnie The Pooh” and Jean de Brunhoff’s “Babar the Elephant”, and the beautifully detailed works of Edmund Dulac, Gustaf Tenggren and Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) also filled the nursery walls with the work of classically trained illustrators and artists.
Now, in a time when innocence is challenged and contemporary parents’ taste in art has significantly changed, “In The Nursery” examines the themes and styles of nursery and children’s art, both bitter and sweet. The works range from Ray Caesar’s exquisite digital painting in neutrals and rich chocolate browns capturing a young Victorianesque mother gazing adoringly at her very unusual baby in its carriage to street artist Aiko’s kaleidoscopic stenciled imagery of flowers, astronauts, Hello Kitty and spray cans surrounding a traditional Japanese woman.
Participating artists include:
Scott G. Brooks
Sas & Colin Christian
The reception for “In The Nursery” is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, January 29 from 7 to 10pm. The show will be on view until February 9, 2011.
About Corey Helford Gallery
Located in the Culver City Art District, Corey Helford Gallery was established in April 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs). Passionate art collectors, the Helfords are producers on the art documentary The Treasures of Long Gone John and have partnered to open their first gallery. Corey Helford Gallery presents a wide range of artists, from members of the new fine art movement, such as Ron English, Josh Agle (SHAG), Buff Monster, COOP, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Chloe Early, Ray Caesar, and award-winning photographer Chris Anthony, to early Modernist William S. Schwartz. Renowned for its notable exhibitions, the gallery has presented “Charity By Numbers”, which was co-curated by Gary Baseman and featured an unprecedented lineup of artists including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Shepard Fairey, Todd and Kathy Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, and Michael Hussar, as well as “La Noche de la Fusion”, an epic Carnivalesque festival and solo exhibition for Pervasive artist Gary Baseman. In 2010, Corey Helford Gallery partnered with Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery for the transatlantic collaboration “Art From The New World”, a world-class United Kingdom museum exhibition showcasing work by a formidable group of 49 of the finest emerging and noted American artists. Corey Helford Gallery presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. For more information and an upcoming exhibition schedule, please visit coreyhelfordgallery.com.
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
Open Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 6:00pm