Current Exhibition: Rising Tide by Roni Stretch (Oils on Canvas)
British artist Roni Stretch was born in England in 1964. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. His work has been shown extensively in California since the 1990’s, including shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art at the Geffen Contemporary Museum, the Westmont Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Cooperstown Museum in New York.
Stretch’s oil paintings are meticulously created by executing a layering process where by two different colors are alternately applied and built up over many weeks. The image is not so much painted over as optically embedded within the multiple layers of the alternating colors. Stretch’s work is a lesson in contradictions: photorealism and abstraction, light and dark, reality and altered states, smooth and rough textures all ultimately leading to an emotional experience.
Stretch’s works are held in numerous prestigious private, corporate and museum collections worldwide. He has recently been included in the permanent collections of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Museum of California Design, the Cooperstown Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.
Stretch had his first solo museum show January 2016 at the MOAH, Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, California followed by a solo museum show in March 2017 at the W.Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.