Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica is set to open a series of new works Winnipeg-born artist, Neil Farber entitled Elaborate Paintings. At the same time, Richard Heller will be showing works by Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber, but will also focus on this individual series of works from Farber. The show will run from February 17—March 17, 2018.
For the past few years, Farber has been making paintings comprised of multiple thin layers of clear acrylic pouring medium. Paint is applied both to the wet medium and in between layers, as well to ink and collage materials. This layering adds a third dimension. Most paintings in the exhibition were started over two years ago. Imagery includes a girl, an elephant, a chubby tiger, "Stop" and "Yield" signs. As you may remember, Farber, along with Dumontier and Marcel Dzama, were founding members of the famed and influential Royal Art Lodge art collective. After the Royal Art Lodge broke off in 2008, Farber and Dumontier kept working together. We will post about their collaboration at Heller later this week.