Published July 2010
ARTIST Rimi Yang, Marina del Rey
BACKGROUND Yang never thought she could be an artist. “In Japan, a career in art as a woman would have been considered the height of frivolousness.” Instead, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and master’s in library science, and worked at a California-based Japanese government agency. She took art classes on the side before deciding to pursue it full time. “My education never stops.”
CREATION Yang blends the figurative and abstract in her work, and uses either one as a starting point—sometimes free-form lines, other times realistic faces. “I really get bored if I know what I am going to paint before I begin. I do not plan much. I often use reference images, but I also paint from my own images.”
INSPIRATION Yang, fond of Spanish old masters, based this painting on Francisco Zurbaran’s “St. Casilda of Burgos.” “I was inspired by the subtle beauty of the woman and her clothing. She was carrying the bunch of flowers, and in such a simple act, I wanted to express the purity, and at the same time, the power of being.”
SEE IT Yang’s work is displayed through July 31 at the JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-510-5481, www.joanneartmangallery.com.
Front and Center
Outside, the offi ce building at 3161 Michelson Drive towers over the 405 Freeway in Irvine. Inside, roughly 100 artworks are spread throughout its 19 fl oors:
LOBBY “Homage to Irvine,” a 12-by-25-foot abstract landscape by Ray Turner, carries through the lobby’s flowing indoor-outdoor theme. Turner completed the painting on site during the building’s construction.
12TH AND 14TH FLOORS The Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher law fi rm has about 60 works with a focus on California landscapes—paintings by Sally Storch, lithographs by Warren Newcombe, an anonymous oil of Laguna Beach dated 1919. Each year, an art walk is held for the firm’s summer associates.
15TH FLOOR Bryan Cave’s law fi rm collection comes courtesy of Laguna Beach gallery owner Peter Blake, who helped assemble the pieces. Works by Andy Moses, Jimi Gleason, Gregg Renfrow, and Alex Couwenberg can be seen from the suite’s lobby.
Bob Johnson is pulling double duty at this summer’s Art-A-Fair in Laguna Beach. By day, he’s an artist selling his jewelry at one of the exhibitor booths; most Friday nights, he’s a musician playing for the festival crowds. www.art-a-fair.com.