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Saturday, March 08, 2008

A Day of Portraits: About Face, Byron Werner

I made it to the Long Beach Museum of Art to see About Face: Portraiture Now. Along with the exhibition the museum also presented a live painting demonstration, from Sean Cheetham, F. Scott Hess, Jeremy Lipking outside in the courtyard. It was a beautiful day and fun to watch, inspite of a freezing wind blowing in from the ocean at times.

Then I made it to the last day of Brad Benedicts Sideshow at The Merry Karnowsky Gallery to see Byron Werner's psychedelic collage portrait of Timothy Leary. I've posted a jpeg below. Byron's work is always amazing and this one is no exception and of course it's even more dazzling in person. In my opinion the best work in the exhibit. I'm glad I got to experience it.



Byron Werner's Tim Leary portrait: 2X3 ft., 8,000-10,000
pieces, and two months in the works.