Southern California Artist Chosen To Show At Louvre, Paris

Laguna Beach Artist, James Verbicky, Accepts Honor to Join the World's Finest Artists in Historical Show at the Louvre in Paris, France, December 2008.
"Awake Concrete" Showing at Louvre Dec 2008
"Awake Concrete" Showing at Louvre Dec 2008
Oct. 17, 2008 - PRLog -- (Beverly Hills, CA) Abstract expressionist James Verbicky of Laguna Beach has been selected to show his paintings at the esteemed Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (SNBA) at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France this December 11th – 14th. The artist’s “vast expanses of resonant color” have gained him entry into the history-making delegation of twelve of America’s finest artists, championed by the Karen Lynne Gallery in Beverly Hills.

Verbicky was born in 1973 and began painting with oils and acrylics at the age of four.  His work has evolved along a continuum that marks the transient moments of contemporary life with embedded objects, symbols and movement in layers of color.

Verbicky was first recognized in California for a commissioned piece done on one of the Frank Gehry Spheres displayed at the Hollywood Bowl. Today, he shows widely in galleries as well as fine and famous homes across North America, including the Frank Sinatra Estate in Northridge. Current collectors include the new face of Calvin Klein, Lara Stone, actor Cameron Mathison, and the Chicago Art Museum. His work has most recently been featured in Riviera Magazine Orange County, Lux Magazine San Diego, the national magazine Kontact, as well as the 2008 Emmy Awards.

“As an artist, I document passing moments in time and, in turn, create similar experiences for the viewer… capturing them in a unique atmosphere, drawing them through an image into a single moment of deeper meaning…moving through form into space. Art can draw the viewer into a more intrinsic moment… and it is in these moments that we evolve.”  – JAMES VERBICKY

The SNBA was first established in 1862 with the writer Théophile Gautier as Chairman and the painter Aimé Millet as Deputy Chairman.  In 1864, just after the death of Chairman Eugène Delacroix, the Société ceased to hold further exhibitions until its revitalization in 1890.  Since the early 1900’s, it has been an annual juried exhibition in France. With the aid of such talented artists as Auguste Rodin, a former Vice-President of the SNBA, the Société has created a legacy of fostering the work of artists.

Verbicky’s work is currently showing at the Karen Lynne Gallery, 216 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA., 90210, tel. 310-858-8202., as well as Madison Gallery, 1020 Prospect Street, Suite 130, La Jolla, CA 92037, tel. 858-459-0836, www.madisongalleries.  For more information on James Verbicky visit

Press contact: Lisa Coutu at

…More from James Verbicky…

Interview with James Verbicky by La Jolla’s Madison Gallery
May 28, 2008

Today, artist James Verbicky is back to work on yet another series of paintings combining photo emulsion/mixed media. He is also getting ready for his upcoming  trip to the Louvre in Paris! According to James, “I can't describe what an honor it is to be selected to show at the Louvre. To say it will be a milestone in my career would be an understatement.”

James Verbicky is most humble, has a great sense of humor and an absolutely incredible air of creativity surrounding him. In order to better explain the immense SNBA honor to the average art collector, James Verbicky sat down to answer the following five questions:

1. How does it feel to be selected to showcase your art at the Carrousel du Louve in Paris?
“I can't describe what an honor it is to be selected to show at the Louvre. To say it will be a milestone in my career would be an understatement. To have my work even in the same building as the most famous and talented artists in history is an honor beyond comprehension.”

2. What was the selection process like?
“The winter of 2007 marked the first time an American delegation has ever been welcomed to the Carrousel du Louvre, and even then only 12 American-based artists were chosen for the delegation (the same as this year). As one of the twelve artists selected for the American delegation, I will join only twelve international delegations, each of twelve artists representing their respective countries. This apparent exclusivity has made my selection even more of an honor, if that is possible! Several paintings were submitted to Paris by the Karen Lynne Gallery, and the officials at the Louvre selected "Awake Concrete" to be shown.”

3. Have you ever been and are you going to go to Paris in December?
“I am definitely going to Paris in December: I wouldn't miss it for the world... From what I understand a handful of my collectors will also be attending. This will be my first trip to Paris.”

4. What paintings have you been hard at work on lately? What is your current inspiration?
“I am very excited about a series of photo emulsion/mixed media paintings right now. I haven't titled the series as of yet, but they will be more figurative than my other works, combining heavily distorted social imagery with familiar fragments of my past work. I am also still working on my series "Continuum", which has been featured in solo shows in both La Jolla's Madison Gallery and Beverly Hills' Karen Lynne Gallery.”

5. What’s next for James Verbicky?
If I can get a fellowship, a “Guggenheim Project 2010 "A Day in the Life" will be a large-scale, grant-funded project unlike anything I've undertaken before. One painting will be completed every day for the entirety of 2010, resulting in a chronicling of a yearlong stretch of work. Not only will the work document my life as an artist, but will exhibit elements of seasonal evolution as well.

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Fine art by abstract painter James Verbicky is collected widely in fine and famous homes, galleries, and museums across North America. A 2008 showing at the Louvre has gained him international repute as one of today's most sought after artists.
Source:Lisa Coutu
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