Studio Vista Del Mar is a a sacred place in the Sleeping Indian. Recognized as the highest inhabited parcel in the city of Oceanside, you can not get closer to Heaven than this. Surrounded on four sides by lush avocado groves, mammals and rodents, birds and reptiles, all bask poolside and gaze out to, well, China. Paint, write, and be happy is the universal slogan. Living the dream!
‘Coast Loco’ is a series of beach composites collected over the summers of 2018 /19 from local San Diego beaches. They consist primarily of multiple layered images taken from the same day’s excursion, and then re ordered into a new reality - something the artist may find fitting - but not necessarily accurate. (Some are hand painted with oils).These extremes can jockey from a quiet solitude, as nature can provide, to a testimonial of the human bio mass - that can annoy to absurd proportion.
This exhibit is NOT upbeat. Some have declared this collection as ‘outright depressing’. It can lean that way. It is a series of portraits that may have evolved from the artist own isolation of many years on a rural SD avocado ranch. In that sense, and not recognized at the time, it was likely assembled as cathartic acceptance of circumstance.
Each canvas is a portrait. Most have a seeded story that angles to prompt a viewer’s further imagination. The general theme, as suggested, delves in the isolated, and the disenfranchised. In sum, the perseverance of character exceeds the most ominous of natures in this series of individual portraits. The Anza Borrego Desert serves as the metaphoric vehicle in this. Stark and beautiful. Stubbornly silent. Poignantly alone. Home for personalities crafted out of hardship, perhaps self-imposed.
Thus in some ways the goal here was to create an ethnography of sorts. After viewing the series, the notion hopefully has been an introduction into a culture…. real or imagined.I
Often I bicycle through downtown San Diego with a couple of cameras at hand and a tripod strapped to the frame. Whereas a car is too fast and walking too slow, a bicycle allows an "in and out" and onto the next mobility perfect for urban areas. Provided you are not damaged by an auto.
Be sure to visit some of the 'theme gallery's' included on this site
New Stuff Fall 2022
John Linthurst exhibits in various galleries throughout southern California
Fine Art PORTRAITS
Motion Stealth art
Fashion Computer drawing
Collage Gell Coating
I have been experimenting with after print collage where I add and embellish the finished print with various third party media such as confetti, newsprint, glass, sticks, leaves, glitter and in one case - a large volume of mosquitos. The items are secured through a gell coat that gives the print a nice sheen, but also locks in the additions.
Also, if you send me a photo, I can place you into any physical environment you see on this site, and make you thirty years younger (or older) with an 'AI' slight of hand. It' is that easy!
Just kidding. If you find this site redeemable, share it with friends and neighbors. And honestly, If you want to appear in any picture here, send me a jpeg and I will make you a star! Glamour and glitter are created by people like me. ‘Cheating the natural world with inserts and layers for over twenty years!’
Bar Graph on returning visitors this month
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Be certain to visit some of the other gallery pages on site, organized by theme.
John Linthurst John@studiovistadelmar.com
Project 'Lift The Sky'.
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Merging not just text, but story into visual art has been something I am interested in doing more of. This original is 48x36. A story to be grand has to have the space to develop in, thus my next canvas will be a seven foot minimum and contain 93,000 words.
Escondido Municipal Gallery
Poway Center for the Performing Arts
SD International Airport Centennial
Art & Soul Encinitas
Women & Their Fish Series.