Alexey Steele:  Quiet Steps of Approaching Thunder--- a conceptual unveiling
Artist’s Gallery Talk:  Saturday, February 7th   4pm
Opening with a musical overture by cellist, Maksim Velichkin, performing selections from J.S. Bach Cello Solo Suites


424 South C Street (next to Plaza Park), Oxnard, CA 93030
at Plaza and Centennial Parks in Downtown Oxnard

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Museum Hours:  Thursday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission $3 / Museum members free

Quiet Steps of Approaching Thunder, pastel and graphite on paper by Alexey Steele, 2008. Carnegie Art Museum Collection.

Participate in a virtual unveiling of the Carnegie Art Museums new acquisition to its permanent collection of California art of a major master drawing by Alexey Steele of Los Angeles.  “…Approaching Thunder” links figurative art to our era of crisis.  The artist will discuss the works’ concepts, symbolism and large scale drawing techniques within the development of his career.

In 2005 the Carnegie Art Museum hosted an exhibit of Alexey Steele’s full-scale drawings for a ceiling painting commissioned for a private Bel Air residence, entitled The Soul of the Hero.  These life-sized figures portrayed the five stages of the soul's journey to fulfill its destiny, reflecting the artist’s allegorical approach to composition.

The Carnegie is pleased to have acquired a stunning new master work by this artist that shares inspiring compositional scope, breath-catching acuity and heroic allegory directly related to our times.  Rarely in current California Art is such adroit draughtsmanship with colored Conté crayon employed to relate contemporary issues. Here Nature’s thunder rolls over the ocean reaching shore at Rincon Beach in the guise of prophetic angels heralding the ominous outcome of man’s greed and literal trashing of the environment.

Imbuing mythological figures with cinematic movement and modern musculature, Steele has created a new classical vernacular for our age.  His artistic vision creates art that reacquaints us with multi-layered symbolism and re-affirms our capacity to be inspired by the magnificent.

Alexey Steele's remarkable ability to draw monumental figures in foreshortened positions reflects his training at the Surikov Art Institute of the Soviet Academy of Arts in Moscow, which was based on 19th century methods of the Russian Imperial Academy.  Steele was born in Kiev in the Ukraine in 1967 and studied early in the art studio of his distinguished artist father, Leonid Steele.  The Steele family moved to Los Angeles in 1990.  In 2007 Alexey renovated a cavernous warehouse studio to accommodate his large scale portrait, figural and landscape projects.  With works in many private collections, Steele has been featured in American Artist (2006) and Southwest Art (2007).  He is a Signature Member of the California Art Club and is represented by American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena.

Musician Maksim Velichkin has been active as a solo performer, chamber and orchestra musician, both locally and throughout the world. Mr.Velichkin has appeared as a soloist with Uzbekistan National Symphony, Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble, American Youth Symphony, as well as Torrance, Westchester, Southeast and Bellflower orchestras.  He has toured extensively to Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia with the prestigious Verbier Chamber and Verbier Festival Symphony Orchestras.  Velichkin has also been active as a collaborative pianist having performed numerous recitals with instrumentalists and singers. As a duo pianist, he has performed J.S.Bach's Concerto for Two Pianos in c minor at Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh, and more recently, Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals in Sydney, Australia.  In addition, he also plays harpsichord and has performed obligato parts in Bach's Orchestral Suites, in Stravinsky's opera Rake's Progress which was broadcast by WQEDFM Pittsburgh, with Verbier Chamber Orchestra, and in recitals. His recent projects included a recording project with Maxim Vengerov and Verbier Chamber Orchestra, European and Asian tours with Gabor Takacs and Joshua Bell.

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In Church, hand painted woodcut by Leo Politi, c. 1930s. Politi Family Collection.

Leo Politi, Capturing the Heart
Gallery Talk with author Larry Bischof
Thursday, February 19  7pm

In conjunction with the Carnegie Art Museum’s current exhibit of Leo Politi’s early 1930’s and 1940’s artworks, Larry Bischof, co-author of the Angel City Press forthcoming full-color monograph "Capturing the Heart of Los Angeles" will give a presentation on the distinguished artist/illustrator.  Larry Bischof, having closely known Leo Politi for the last two decades of his life contributes many personal insights about the famed and beloved artist whose paintings, illustrations and sculptures vividly articulate the multiethnic identity of Los Angeles.

Larry Bischof is Leo Politi's son-in-law and assisted Leo Politi on his 1980's Lummis Home exhibition.  He has also helped to curate many Leo Politi Centennial art exhibits including the official Centennial kick-off exhibit at the Pico House at the Historical El Pueblo de Los Angeles Landmark.  Year 2008 was the Centennial celebration of Politi’s birth and was marked with numerous statewide and national exhibits and events.

Bischof is an award winning Hollywood television and screenwriter whose credits include episodes for "The Waltons" and "Little House on the Prairie."  In addition, Bischof produced the 1990's Leo Politi interview segment and the CD-rom "Mieko" which was produced in eight languages.  Leo Politi's children, son Paul and daughter Suzanne, will also be present to answer questions regarding their father.

Exhibits thru Feb 22:
Leo Politi: Capturing the Heart
Alexey Steele: Quiet Steps of Approaching Thunder
John Suttman: Sculpture
Regalos: Gifts and Acquisitions of California Latino Art

Museum Hours: Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 1-5pm

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