FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Opening Friday, February 22, 6-10 PM
Skylark Fine Art Gallery
8576-A Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(Between La Cienega Blvd and the Pacific Design Center)
310-657-0324, fax, 310-657-0371
Web site, http://www.skylarkfineartgallery.com
Hours, Daily, 10am-6pm; or by appointment
Luc Leestemaker, "Untitled Landscape # 5" , mixed media on canvas 39 x 39”.
Skylark Fine Art Gallery announces its grand opening on Friday, February 22, 2008 with an inaugural exhibition of selected paintings by Luc Leestemaker, sculptures by Richard Erdman and Patrick Marold, and photography by Ted Van Cleave. (For more information about the artists, visit the gallery’s website at http://www.skylarkfineartgallery.com).
Skylark Fine Art Gallery is a combination of retail bookstore and art gallery featuring Skylark Press’ books and documentaries along with the original work of Skylark’s partnered artists. The space will also host special workshops and events.
Skylark Fine Art Gallery is the latest brainchild of Chris Davies and Luc Leestemaker. The two expats, (Davies grew up in Sydney, Australia and Leestemaker in Amsterdam, The Netherlands) arrived in Los Angeles in the early nineties.
Over the next seventeen years, Davies worked in music and graphic design, and was among the West Coast's cadre of Internet pioneers, which in 1993 led to launching Mad Macs, an interactive agency for Internet-related solutions. Davies then founded and continues to helm Shout!, the successful, award-winning graphic design agency located in Los Angeles. Applying his entrepreneurial vision to LA's heart of entertainment, Davies helped found the ION International Film, Animation and Games Festival, manifesting the convergence of film, animation and video game mediums for the very first time.
Meanwhile, Leestemaker, who left a successful art consulting and publishing business behind in Amsterdam, followed his dream and returned to an earlier career and passion for painting. His paintings are now exhibited by some 25 galleries around the world, are parts of major private and corporate collections and have been featured in extensive museum exhibitions in 2004 and 2005. His work is also part of a group show titled “Plein Air Abstraction” curated by Peter Frank at the Riverside Art Museum in 2008.
As Chris Davies and Luc Leestemaker witnessed the successes in their own creative careers, they realized that they could offer other artists a unique combination of tools they had developed for themselves over the years. In 2005, Leestemaker and Davies started Skylark Media Group, Inc.
“Skylark is part lab, studio, stage and marketplace,” said Davies. “It is a publishing and consulting company that actively works with artists to create a promotional campaign around their work with the aim of making their creative careers more successful.”
In the short period that the company has been in business, an impressive number of projects have gone into production. Their first project was a 250-page hardcover volume overview of Leestemaker’s work. “We decided to experiment the concept with my work first. If it was successful, then we could really lead by example,” said Leestemaker.
The book was a success and since its publication in 2007, new projects such as a comprehensive retrospective book for the renowned sculptor Richard Erdman, a music CD for the award-winning composer Vincent Ho, and a book of drawings and pastels by famed artist Anne Packard in association with Claude Villani Enterprises are in production. For each project, writer/producer Emily Lau, known for her work for The History Channel and the Discovery Network, is producing accompanying documentaries.
“Looking back, it now seems inevitable our journey would lead us to creating a physical stage for the artists whom we are working with as well,” said Davies.
Leestemaker sees Skylark Fine Art Gallery as a place from the heart, where vision and dreams can meet. “For us,” said Leestemaker, “There is no greater inspiration than showing artists that success is attainable; that is, if you’re courageous enough to stay loyal to your dreams and have the will to work it.”
Davies and Leestemaker invite inspired art lovers and artists into their dreama dream, which now has a physical address in the heart of the design district of West Hollywood.