FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Left Coast Galleries Presents Artist
Tommy Hollenstein
“Wheels of Passion”
June 2 – 30, 2007
Artist Reception Saturday, June 2, 6-10pm



Left Coast Galleries
12324 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA. 91604
Gallery Director, Kim Shively
Tel, 818.760.7010, Fax, 818.760.4164
E-mail, info@leftcoastgalleries.com
Web site, http://www.leftcoastgalleries.com
Hours, Monday – Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday, 12-6pm; and by appointment
Additional Images available


Tommy Hollenstein images (left to right):  “Beauty” 24” x 24” acrylic on canvas, “Try” 48”x 48” acrylic on canvas, “Wonder” 24” x 24” acrylic on canvas

Left Coast Galleries will premier artist Tommy Hollenstein’s “Wheels of Passion” featuring new paintings by the artist.  An Artist’s Reception will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2007 from 6 to 9pm at 12324 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604.  Show closes June 30, 2007.

Tommy Hollenstein is rapidly gaining media and collectors’ attention since arriving on the art scene. Using the tire treads of his wheelchair as a paint brush, Hollenstein’s abstract yet accessible style has been compared to Jackson Pollock, liberating the confinement of the canvas through “action painting”. Hollenstein creates his paintings from a method working above the canvas; his whimsical world of invention layers vibrant colors that create the perception of fluid motion in static space.  His series of paintings can contain up to 32 layers of form and color. Tommy developed his unique artistic style with help from his muse—his canine companion named Wheeler, who helped him rediscover his talent after a biking accident that left him a quadriplegic.   

Tommy’s work is collected throughout the United States, Australia and Canada and among his collectors are a number of celebrities, including actor Joaquin Phoenix and Velvet Revolver’s Slash. Tommy was recently featured in the December 2006 issue of ART Ltd. and appears frequently in syndicated media that includes television, print and Internet.  In April 2007, Tommy was seen on the top rated TV program “American Idol”.  Tommy exhibits consistently in southwestern galleries and museums.

10% of the sales from the artist’s reception will go to Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that trains dogs in providing assistance to people with developmental or physical disabilities and thereby enhancing their independence and quality of life. To arrange artist interviews, please contact Tom Hollenstein at (818) 346-5654 (818) 251-6460 or tommystein@aol.com. Artist website: http://www.tommyhollenstein.com.



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