Lu Martin Galleries was the first American gallery to represent Ruo Li since he moved here from China in 1989. His temporary move back to China a few years ago, and subsequent gallery representation in Laguna Beach at Mian Situ Gallery (now closed) meant an absence of his masterful paintings from our collection. So we are very pleased to showcase, once again,  the exceptional paintings of Ruo Li.

Ruo Li is often referred to as an “artist’s artist” and is admired for his ability to create stunning realism, yet with a very efficient use of  brushstrokes. This freshness and boldness of brushstrokes leads some to believe he paints quickly. But actually, much time is needed for Li to paint in this very deliberate manner, as he leaves himself no room for error for every stroke of paint.

Today we have two original paintings by Li, “Vast World” which was just completed, and “California Autumn”, from his private collection and which won the Gold Medal Award for Master Signature Members at the 19th National Juried Exhibition of Oil Painters of America in 2010.  Click here to read more about Ruo Li.

"California Autumn" 22x33 in. oil painting By Ruo Li

“California Autumn” 22×33 in. oil painting By Ruo Li

"Vast World" 28x60 in. oil painting by Ruo Li

“Vast World” 28×60 in. oil painting by Ruo Li

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This 30×40 inch impressionist oil painting by Mostafa Keyhani captures the beauty and charm of the Belgian medieval city of Bruges. Because of its numerous canals, Bruges is often referred to as “the Venice of the North”. Visit Mostafa Keyhani’s page to see more of his impressionist paintings of Europe.

Alfredo Gomez is known for his realistic oil paintings of fruit, landscapes and seascapes, but probably his favorite subject to paint is the Pacific coastline. Living in Southern California but raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Alfredo draws inspiration from his travels throughout Mexico and California. He has a special attraction to the varying energies of the sea: at times and places strong and full of energy, and others gentle and soothing. When bringing art into your home, you are also bringing in energy. Like nature, every painting is imbued with its own unique energies, derived by its distinct combination of its manifold elements including colors, subject, medium, technique, tones, composition, rhythm, size, style, etc. The effect, if only subtle, that art can have on our mood, intellect, psyche, and imagination is the true value of all art forms.

The following photos show collected paintings by Alfredo Gomez:

Artist: Alfredo Gomez

Artist: Alfredo Gomez

Artist: Alfredo Gomez

Artist: Alfredo Gomez

Artist: Alfredo Gomez

Artist: Alfredo Gomez

Artist: Alfredo Gomez

Artist: Alfredo Gomez

Artist: Alfredo Gomez

Artist: Alfredo Gomez

Martin Beaupré

Journey of Zen

First Thursdays Artwalk

November 7    6:00 to 9:00 PM

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Martin Beaupré returns to Laguna Beach this week with a new collection of paintings from his “Journey of Zen” series. Come see his newest works and meet Monsieur Beaupré in person during the First Thursdays Artwalk at Lu Martin Galleries this Thursday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Martin will be performing a live painting demonstration throughout the evening, and signing copies of his book  “Faites Briller la Terre!” (Make the Earth Shine!) available for sale, and complementary for collectors of his work.

We hope you make the journey to meet this inspired and inspiring artist, for as the Zen proverb says, “It is better to see the face than to hear the name.”

We now have a new collection of paintings by artist Aaron Coleman. At first glance, Aaron’s work resembles polished marble, but closer inspection reveals layers of intricately dispersed paint embedded in a thick layer of clear resin. His paintings are philosophical abstractions of micro and macrocosms of nature, inspired by colors and patterns of the elements evolved by the universe.

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20130704-182508.jpgDavid Palmer released his latest painting on bullet casings just in time for Independence Day. “American Legacy” juxtaposes the iconic symbol of our liberty against that of which was used to achieve and defend it.  It highlights the significance of arms in America, both historically and currently, militarily and individually, for better or worse.  This artwork is less of a political statement and more of a dialogue.  In reverence to Liberty, it acknowledges the necessity of arms to defend her, while questioning the many military actions waged in her name. It celebrates the individuals’ right to bear arms, as established in the U.S. Constitution, yet mourns the deadly consequences and daily abuses of this right.   Liberty and arms, undeniably woven into the fabric of this nation. This is an “American Legacy”.