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Alex Couwenberg

Born to and raised by Dutch-Indonesian parents in Southern California, Couwenberg spoke both languages at home and was taught to understand and appreciate the craft of Indonesia, and the art associated with the Dutch masters.  His childhood was thus influential in the development of his career in visual art. Together, with the aesthetics of his California experience (surf, skate, and hot rod culture), Couwenberg’s paintings visually layer archetypes or reinterpreted forms into a contemporary conversation with mid-century modernism.

For Couwenberg, the build up of layers, coupled with exposed underpainting, represents the artist’s reflection on his relationship with his personal and cultural history; he intends to find and create a middle-ground between expressionism and hard-edge abstraction. Beautiful surfaces, bold minimalism of color, and asymmetric compositions produce works that are muscular and dynamic, or quiet and elegant, presenting a kind of contemplative soliloquy.

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Couwenberg’s formal art education initiated with an Illustration Degree from the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California, and culminated with an MFA from Claremont Graduate School, working under the mentorship of several senior painters most notably hard-edge California abstractionist, Karl Benjamin. Couwenberg has shown throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in solo and group exhibitions. His work is in several museum collections, most recently in the permanent collections of the Laguna Art Museum, CA, and the Pomona College Museum of Art, CA, and has been included in Out of Line, a traveling exhibition curated by the Riverside Art Museum CA, which focuses on the contributions of non-objective painting in Southern California. He is currently featured in a two person exhibition in Los Angeles held in conjunction with the Getty Museum’s “Pacific Standard Time” project.  In 2007, Couwenberg was awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for his achievements in painting.

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Born to and raised by Dutch-Indonesian parents in Southern California, Couwenberg spoke both languages at home and was taught to understand and appreciate the craft of Indonesia, and the art associated with the Dutch masters. His childhood was thus influential in the development of his career in visual art. Together, with the aesthetics of his California experience (surf, skate, and hot rod culture), Couwenberg’s paintings visually layer archetypes or reinterpreted forms into a contemporary conversation with mid-century modernism. For Couwenberg, the build up of layers, coupled with exposed underpainting, represents the artist’s reflection on his relationship with his personal and cultural history; he intends to find and create a middle-ground between expressionism and hard-edge abstraction. Beautiful surfaces, bold minimalism of color, and asymmetric compositions produce works that are muscular and dynamic, or quiet and elegant, presenting a kind of contemplative soliloquy. Couwenberg’s formal art education initiated with an Illustration Degree from the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California, and culminated with an MFA from Claremont Graduate School, working under the mentorship of several senior painters most notably hard-edge California abstractionist, Karl Benjamin. Couwenberg has shown throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in solo and group exhibitions. His work is in several museum collections, most recently in the permanent collections of the Laguna Art Museum, CA, and the Pomona College Museum of Art, CA, and has been included in Out of Line, a traveling exhibition curated by the Riverside Art Museum CA, which focuses on the contributions of non-objective painting in Southern California. He is currently featured in a two person exhibition in Los Angeles held in conjunction with the Getty Museum’s “Pacific Standard Time” project. In 2007, Couwenberg was awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for his achievements in painting.

artist website: alexcouwenberg.com

Born to and raised by Dutch-Indonesian parents in Southern California, Couwenberg spoke both languages at home and was taught to understand and appreciate the craft of Indonesia, and the art associated with the Dutch masters. His childhood was thus influential in the development of his career in visual art. Together, with the aesthetics of his California experience (surf, skate, and hot rod culture), Couwenberg’s paintings visually layer archetypes or reinterpreted forms into a contemporary conversation with mid-century modernism. For Couwenberg, the build up of layers, coupled with exposed underpainting, represents the artist’s reflection on his relationship with his personal and cultural history; he intends to find and create a middle-ground between expressionism and hard-edge abstraction. Beautiful surfaces, bold minimalism of color, and asymmetric compositions produce works that are muscular and dynamic, or quiet and elegant, presenting a kind of contemplative soliloquy. Couwenberg’s formal art education initiated with an Illustration Degree from the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California, and culminated with an MFA from Claremont Graduate School, working under the mentorship of several senior painters most notably hard-edge California abstractionist, Karl Benjamin. Couwenberg has shown throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in solo and group exhibitions. His work is in several museum collections, most recently in the permanent collections of the Laguna Art Museum, CA, and the Pomona College Museum of Art, CA, and has been included in Out of Line, a traveling exhibition curated by the Riverside Art Museum CA, which focuses on the contributions of non-objective painting in Southern California. He is currently featured in a two person exhibition in Los Angeles held in conjunction with the Getty Museum’s “Pacific Standard Time” project. In 2007, Couwenberg was awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for his achievements in painting.

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Solo Exhibitions

2016      “Left at 69’s”, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2016      “Geometrie de Luce”, Artesilva, Mila, Italy
2016      “what we do is secret”, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016     New Paintings, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York City, NY
2016     New Paintings, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2016     New Paintings, Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, Idaho
2016     New Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014      Inform / form, Launch gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013       Swell, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2013      Cross Current, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012      Paintings, Jennifer Kostuik, Vancouver, BC
2012      Alex Couwenberg and Karl Benjamin: Influence, Divergence, & the Evolution of an Idea,  William Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011      Trajectory, David Richard Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2011      New Paintings, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2011      New Paintings, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2011      New Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011      Over the Years, Metro Gallery, Pomona, CA
2010      New Paintings, Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
2009      A Bit Left of All Right, William Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009      Singles, Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, ID
2009      Arcade, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2009      Morphic Traces, San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
2009      Waimea, Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA
2008      Working Space, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2008      Bypassing Referents, Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
2007      Cosmetically, Aesthetically, Unregrettably, d.e.n. Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2007      New Paintings, Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, ID
2007      New Paintings, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2006      New Paintings, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2006      Black Labeled, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006      Alex Couwenberg: a ten year evolution, University Gallery, CSUS, Turlock, CA
2005      de Stad, Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
2005      Metropolitan, 455 Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005      tussenruimte, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004      Primo, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003      Paintings, Gensler, San Francisco, CA
2003      Alexander Couwenberg; a seven year survey, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
2002      New Paintings, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2001      New Paintings, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999      New Paintings, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1997      The Hot Rod Series, East Gallery, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA
1996      New Paintings, Dillingham/Caples Gallery, Claremont, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2016     20 Years Kostuik Gallery, Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2014            Shift – five decades of Contemporary California Painting, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
2014            Celebrating The Spirit of Summer, Lancaster MOAH, Lancaster, CA
2014            LA Abstract, Red Pipe Gallery, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
2013            Mas Attack 2, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
2013            Mama, Gallery MELD, Kailua-Kona, HI
2011            The Gleam in the Young Bastards Eye, William Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011            Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011            Tel-Art-Phone, Beacon Art Center, Los Angeles, CA
2011            A Generous Spirit, Robert and Francis Fullerton Museum of Art, CSUSB, CA
2010            Karl Benjamin: Under the Influence, Royal Projects, Indiana Wells, CA
2010            Over Paper, Bruno Davis Gallery, St. Louie, MO
2010            Line, Curve, Form, David Richards Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2010             Claremont Modernism, OBJCT Gallery, Claremont, CA
2010            WHAT, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009             Enduring Legacy, Claremont Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
2009            West/East, Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA
2009            Rant, Design Loves Art, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA
2009            Art Auction, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2009            Los Angeles Currents, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009            Summer Group Show, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2009            ONA 2X2, Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA
2008             Liquid Light, Museum of Design Art and Architecture, Culver City, CA
2008            Between the Lines, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2008            15 Years, 15 Artists, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2008            Art Auction, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2008            The Finish Fetish, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
2008            Keeping It Straight, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
2008            Works on Paper, Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, ID
2007             West Coast Abstraction, Peter Blake Galley, Laguna Beach, CA
2007             Liquid Light, dba256 Gallery, Pomona, CA
2007             Off the Grid, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2007             Paintings Edge, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
2007             Inland Emperors, dba256 Gallery, Pomona, CA
2007             Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
2007             Inaugural Exhibition, Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, ID
2007             Summer Group Show, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2007             Art Auction 12, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2007             Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA
2007             Decade, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007             Out of Line, Cal State Stanislaus, University Gallery, Turlock, CA
2007             Grey Scale, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2007             Art Auction = Stimulus, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2007             Let There Be Light, Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
2006            Aligning With Abstract Los Angeles, d.e.n. Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2006            Landscape Perspectives, Art + Industry, Palm Springs, CA
2006            Summer Abstraction, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2006            Monotype, d.e.n. Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2006            2nd Gwang Hwa Moon International Arts Festival, Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea
2006            Flow: Fine Lines on Water, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2006            Flow: Fine Lines on Water, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
2006            Recent Acquisitions, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
2006            Border Crossing, Sopa Fine Arts, British Columbia, Canada
2006            Out of Line, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA
2005             Inaugural Exhibition, Sopa Fine Arts, British Columbia, Canada
2005            A Common Thread, Soho Myriad, Atlanta, GA
2005            Out of Line, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
2005            Out of Line, Brandstater Gallery, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA
2005            Abstract Los Angeles, Louisiana Tech University Galleries, Ruston, LA
2005            Art Auction 11, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2005            Theories: LA Paint, Post, Los Angeles, CA
2005            Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA
2005            Monothon, 2005, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
2004             Luster, Gensler, San Francisco, CA
2004            Abstract Work from the Permanent Collection, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2004            Continental Divide: LA/NYC, Planet Thailand, Brooklyn, NY
2004            Abstract Los Angeles, Soho Myriad, Atlanta, GA
2004            20th Anniversary Exhibition, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003             No Chaser; Straight Ahead Abstract Painting, Post, Los Angeles, CA
2003             Group Show, Dolby/Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003            Black and White, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003             New Paintings, Soho Myriad, Atlanta, GA Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA
2003             Art Auction 10, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2002             California Dream, Il Museo I Magli di Sarezzo, Brescia, Italy
2002            Summer Group Show,Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002            Sam Maloof and Friends, dA Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA
2001             New American Paintings Group Show, OSP Gallery/Open Studio Press, Boston, MA
2001            Homage: Roland Reiss, Claremont Graduate School alumni show, dA Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA 2001Art Auction 9, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2001            Monothon, 2001, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA S
2001             Sequence, Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery, Walnut, CA
2000             Art 2000: Applauding Revolutionary Talent, Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA
1999             Faculty Exhibition, Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery, Walnut, CA
1999            Faculty Exhibition, Chaffey College, Ontario Museum of Art, Ontario, CA
1998             Six Gallery Artist, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998            Synchronicity, Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery, Walnut, CA
1998            Contemporary Works of the Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA
1997             Convergent Abstraction, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1997            L.A. Emerging, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1997             Art Auction 6, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1997             3 Weeks in L.A., Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1997             Recent Paintings, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1997             Fringe of the Fringe, dA Gallery Benefit Art Auction, dA Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA
1996            42.2 – CGS to Paradiso, Gallery Paradiso, Newport Beach, CA
1996            Painting and Sculpture, Art Center Alumni Show, Thousand Oaks Municipal Art Gallery, Thousand Oaks, CA
1995             Raw Data, East Gallery, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA
1994      Recent Work, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA Youth Culture, Lava Room, Costa Mesa, CA

Awards

2007            Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant

Selected Museum Collections

• California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
• Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA
• Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
• Pitzer College Museum Collection, Claremont, CA Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
• Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

Bibliography 

2014            Nys Dambrot, Shana, Whitehot Magazine, August 2014
2014            Enholm, Molly, ArtScene, May 2014
2013            Roth, David, “Alex Couwenberg at Andrea Schwartz, “Square Cylinder”, December 2013
2013            Senn, David, “Crosscurrents”. Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, 2013
2013            Lucas-Zenk, Carolyn, West Hawaii Today, July 2013
2012            Frank, Peter, Huffington Post, January 2012
2012            Moret, A., Art Ltd, March 2012
2012            Frank, Peter, Fabrik, January 2012
2012            Artweek LA., January 2012
2011            Carasso, Roberta, Coast Magazine, “Colors, Shapes, and Light, October 2011
2011            Walsh, Daniella, Riviera Magazine, Spring 2011
2011            Davies, Stacy, “OC Weekly”, October 2011
2011            Walters, Daniela, Beverly Hills Lifestyle”, Creating Balance”, Spring 2011
2011            Roth, David, Square Cylinder, February 2011
2011            Yood, James, Critic, Writer, Art Institute of Chicago, Catalogue Essay, 2011
2011            California Home and Design, “Left Coast Looks”, February 2011
2010            Dambrot, Shana Nys, Flavorpill New York, “Alex Couwenberg, New Paintings,” March 2010 Zimmermann, Mark, Art: Theories and Provocations, March 2010
2010            Artdaily.org March 2010
2009            Biller, Steven, Palm Springs Life, “Game On: The Arcade Paintings”, November 2009
2009            Nichols, Kimberly, Desert Magazine, “Art for Now”, November 2009
2009            Biller, Steven, Palm Springs Life, November 2009
2009            Melrod, George, ART ltd, “Under the Radar” May 2009
2009            Idaho Mountain Express, March 4, 2009
2009            Biller, Steven, Palm Springs Life, February 2009
2009            Frank, Peter, THE Magazine Los Angeles, February 2009
2009            Meyers, Holly, Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2009
2008            Art & Culture, Critic’s Pick, Winter/Spring 2008
2008            Harris, Freddie, Sun Valley Magazine, “Gallery Openings,” Winter 2008
2008            California Home and Design, “Art and Antiques,” September 2008
2008            Gay, Malcolm, Riverfront Times, “St. Louis Art Capsules,” May 20, 2008
2008            Grossman, Emily, Art and Living, “The Straight Take”, March 20, 2008
2008            The New York Sun, “Brother Culture” January 25, 2008
2008            Biller, Steven, Palm Springs Life, “Critics Pick,” January, 2008
2008            Davies, Stacy, IE Weekly, “Everything Old Is New Again,” January 17, 2008
2007            Myers, Holly, Los Angeles Times, “Like 50’s lounge music, remixed,” August 17, 2007
2007            Gleason, Mat, ArtScene, July/August 2007 Artdaily.org, July 2007
2007            Tibbitz, Ashley, Flavorpill, July 17-23, 2007
2007            ART ltd., “Pulse,” July 2007
2007            Bossick, Karen, Wood River Journal, “Buzzer, Gilman Contemporary”, August 1, 2007
2007            Carasso, Roberta, Coast Magazine, September, 2007
2007            Frank, Peter, LA Weekly, “Grids Unlocked,” Art Pick of the Week, June 6, 2007
2007            Jit Fong Chin, SqueezeOC, “Grey Matters”, January, 2007
2007            Walsh, Daniella, Orange County Register, “Shades of Gray”, January 14, 2007
2007            Carasso, Roberta, Laguna News Post, “Artwaves” January 4, 2007
2007            Walsh, Daniella, Riviera Magazine, “The Radar Art” January, 2007
2007            Rupe, Cynthia, SqueezeOC, Picks of the Week, January 4, 2007
2007            Mckenna, John Page, Palm Springs Life, Winter/Spring 2007
2006            Melrod, George, Art Ltd., “Culver City: Chelsea West?” October, 2006
2006            Cripps, Mick, Lifescapes, “Artist Profile,” September, 2006
2006            Allen, Bobbie, Coastline Pilot, “Seven Abstractionists for summer,” July 6, 2006
2005            Frank, Peter, LA Weekly, “Art Pick of the Week,” October 2005
2005            Muckenfuss, Mark, Press Enterprise, Riverside Museum Monothon Event, September, 2005
2005            Simou, Alexandra, New York Sun, January 26, 2005
2004            Kugelman, Kerry, Art Circles, fall 2004
2004            Cullum, Jerry, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Review, August 29, 2004
2004            Gilbert, Debora, Greenline, March, 2004
2004            Gleason, Mat, Artscene, February, 2004
2004            Frank, Peter, LA Weekly, “Art pick of the week,” February, 2004
2004            Novick, La Rue, Daily Bulletin, February, 2004
2003            Litz, Paige, Los Angeles Times, “Going Beneath the Surface,” October 10, 2003
2003            Moyle, Andrew, 210 Magazine, October, 2003
2002            Nelson, Harold, Director, Long Beach Museum of Art, Statement, 2002
2002            Alfred, E. Anne, Asst. Director, Riverside Museum of Art, Statement, 2002
2002            Dennison, Lisa, New American Paintings, vol. 37, 2001-02
2001            Roth, Charlene, Artweek, “Alexander Couwenberg at Ruth Bachofner Gallery,” March, 2001
2001            Frank, Peter, LA Weekly, “Art pick of the week,” January, 2001
2000            Johnstone, Mark, ART 2000: Applauding Revolutionary Talent, Millard Sheets Gallery Catalog

Visiting Artist / Lecturer 

• Donkey Mill Art Center, Holualoa, HI
• Summer Arts, California State University Monterey, Monterey, CA
• Modernism Week 2009, The Krisel House, Palm Springs, CA
• Paintings Edge, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
• Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA California
• State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA

Alex Couwenberg Press Release PDF Download 

Biography

Los Angeles, CA based artist, Alex Couwenberg. Born to and raised by Dutch-Indonesian parents in Southern California, Couwenberg spoke both languages at home and was taught to understand and appreciate the craft of Indonesia, and the art associated with the Dutch masters. His childhood was thus influential in the development of his career in visual art. Together, with the aesthetics of his California experience (surf, skate, and hot rod culture), Couwenberg’s paintings visually layer archetypes or reinterpreted forms into a contemporary conversation with mid-century modernism. Couwenberg’s formal art education initiated with an Illustration Degree from the Art Center School of Designin Pasadena, California, and culminated with an MFA from Claremont Graduate School, working under thementorship of several senior painters most notably hard-edge California abstractionist, Karl Benjamin. Couwenberg has shown throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in solo and group exhibitions. His work is in several museum collections, most recently in the permanent collections of the Laguna Art Museum, CA, and the Pomona College Museum of Art, CA, and has been included in Out of Line, a traveling exhibition curated by the Riverside Art Museum CA, which focuses on the contributions of nonobjective painting in Southern California. In 2007, Couwenberg received the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for his achievements in painting. In 2012, Alex Couwenberg and Karl Benjamin: Influence, Divergence, & the Evolution of an Idea, at WilliamTurner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. was held in conjunction with the Getty Museum’s “Pacific Standard Time” project.

Artistic Intent

Over that last decade, Alex Couwenberg as developed a signature style of painting where he builds upon layers of paint while also exposing his under painting. His process, an additive and reductive series of moves and passes, creates multilayered environments that are deep and sensual. His technique is partly a reflection on the artist’s relationship with his personal and cultural history as well as an intention to find and create a middle ground between expressionism and hardedge abstraction. Couwenberg’s 2014 paintings continue to explore “process” and the “moment” through tightly controlled compositions of paint and mark making, creating images that are inspired by the elements indigenous to his surroundings. Couwenberg’s work gives a nod and pays homage to the historical styles of the visual language used by hard-edge, geometric abstractionist, the Finish Fetish and Light and Space artists who were influential in shaping the aesthetic of Los Angeles and Southern California art during the 1950’s to the 1970’s. His paintings reference and suggest influences from custom car culture, surfing, skateboarding, and music, at the same time glossed over with the sensibility of mid-century modernist design. However, not intending to replicate, Couwenberg uses Eames-era design and hard edge geometric abstraction as points of departure for creating his paintings. He harnesses these ideas into harmonious results: asymmetric compositions of color with beautiful surfaces that can be dynamic or quiet and elegant, presenting a kind of contemplative soliloquy reflecting the visual landscape of the world around him.

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