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Lawrence Gipe

Lawrence Gipe’s life work addresses themes of power and propaganda, with the goal of analyzing symbols and codes of meaning in authoritarian visual culture. Gipe’s interests and production encompass painting, drawing, video, collaborative installations and curatorial projects.

“In the early 20th Century the romantic notion of the march of progress was depicted in powerful images of our conquest of the elements, forging a better world through science, technology and industry.”

“Lawrence Gipe is a painter with the sensibility of a historian. He searches for images that capture the tipping point between the early idealism of this period and the dark consequences of our unbridled disregard for the environment and the limitless power attained by the few.”

“Lawrence Gipe creates haunting elegiac paintings; they speak of paradise lost, of the unexpected consequence of good intentions and lament this imperfect world that we live in.”

“These paintings convey this with the poetry of melancholia illuminated through a crack from which “…the light gets in”.”

Lawrence Gipe speaks about painting as a practice in which he is seeking a balance:

“In my work as a painter I try to find a balance, to look at the world critically and to use the beauty inherent in painting as a counterpoint. It would be nice to think that an artist could be an example of how to live life in balance, it may be wishful thinking, but…”

Text Credit: Gary Brewer

Exhibitions/Bio

2018

Another Cold Winter, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

New and Selected Paintings, Paul Mahder Gallery. Healdsburg, CA

 2017

Nobody Walks in LA, PØST Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 2016

Some Men, T Moro Projects, Santa Clara, CA (Gipe+Tell)

2015

“Where We Were, and How We Got There”, Fiendish Plots, Lincoln, Nebraska

“Where We Were, and How We Got There”, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

“Documenting Operation Streamline”, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine Atrium Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014

Galerie Michael Heufelder, Munich, Germany

“Documenting Operation Streamline”, Special Collections Gallery, U of A, Tucson, AZ

2013

Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012

Primary Projects, Miami, FL

2011
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

2010
Galerie Michael Heufelder, Munich, Germany
Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2008
Randall Scott Gallery, Washington, DC
Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2007
Alexander Gray Associates, NY
Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Santa Barbara, CA

2006
University Art Museum at Arizona State, Tempe, AZ
Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
Ro Snell Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Hunsaker Schlesinger Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA

2004
Atelier Richard Tullis, Santa Barbara, CA
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2003
Joseph Helman Gallery, New York, NY

2002
Hunsaker Schlesinger Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA

2001
Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, IL
Joseph Helman Gallery, New York, NY

1999
Joseph Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO

1998
Joseph Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1996
Joseph Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Kohn-Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Quartet Editions, New York, NY
Hunsaker Schlesinger Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA

1995
Joseph Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

1994
Ruth Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1993
Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Germany
Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1992
Blum Helman Warehouse New York, NY
Galerie Six Friedrich, Munich, Germany
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

1991
Shea and Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1990
Shea and Beker, New York, NY
Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1989
Galerie Six Friedrich, Munich, Germany
Amerika-Haus, Berlin, Germany
Hartje Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany

1988
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

1987
Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1986
Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Awards

2018

Artist-in-Residence Award, Studio System II, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2017

Curator-in Residence Award, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, CA

2016

Curatorial Proposal Award, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2013

Confluencenter Faculty Innovation Grant, University of Arizona

2012

International Travel Grant, University of Arizona

2011

Artist-in-residence, Fountainhead residency, Miami, FL

2009

Artist-in-Residence, Tucson MOCA

2001-2002

GSA Commission, Murals for the Lobby of the Federal Reserve Bank Headquarters Atlanta, GA

1995

National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, Works on Paper

1989

National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, Painting