Royo “Recital”

•October 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Like other great Spanish artists before him, Royo is a true master of his craft. Hailing from Valencia, Spain’s third largest city located on the banks of the Turia River, Royo’s homeland and heritage have greatly affected him and his creative work. “I am, first and foremost, an artist,” he said. “My heritage deeply affects all of my work. I live and work in Spain, under Spanish sun and under the influence of Spanish light. My models are from my homeland, and I paint them posing in our home.”

Royo’s artistic inspiration is derived from a host of artists that have come before him, including Spanish masters Velasquez, Ribera, Goya, and Sorolla. “I have been moved by so many [artists] that it would be impossible to name them all,” he said. “I often say that the blood of the great Masters is in my veins and I am just a culmination of all who have proceeded me. [Though] Sorolla is a special muse. He is from my home of Valencia.”

It is easy to understand why Royo cites Sorolla as being influential to his own work. While much of the darker themes and imagery in Goya and Ribera’s art is absent in Royo’s paintings, the vibrant use of color — and especially the exploration of feminine beauty — is echoed in the work of both Sorolla and Royo.

“I am fascinated by the feminine form and mystique,” he said. “This is not a subject of interest unique to me. Artists throughout history have depicted the beauty and essence of women.”

In this upcoming show entitled Recital, Royo explores the essence of this mystique in detail, further elaborating on themes he has used in the past in other bodies of work. “Recital is intended to be retrospective,” he explained. “It’s a re-visiting of some of the themes I have explored through my painting career.”

Royo’s mastery over his craft expands with each passing year, making every new painting a time capsule of his skill.

“In this collection, I may have revisited a particular theme or interest, but I am approaching it with a different vision, angle, and understanding than when I may have visited that subject in previous years. So this has been a work of love and joy.”



Royo El sol

“el sol”
Fine Art Limited Edition
19.5″ x 19.5″


Fine Art Limited Edition
32″ x 25″

Daniel Merriam, “Allegorically Speaking”

•October 15, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Daniel Merriam captures the imagination with a body of work that displays fantastical imagery. Reminiscent of the work of artists such as Maxwell

Parrish, Merriam’s art uses a masterful command of color combined with intricate and complex designs to produce astounding works that seem to pull you directly into a world of dreamy magic.

Originally trained as a mechanical architect, Merriam had his first solo exhibit in 1987 at Abacus Gallery in Maine. Since then, he has gone on to receive honors such as the Broderson Award and illustrate book covers for authors such as Paula Volsky and Neal Barrett, Jr.

Though Merriam’s past work has earned him some well- deserved success, he is taking a slightly different approach to the collection to be displayed at Exclusive Collections Gallery in October. “I’m working on a series of drawings that take a little more political risk than what my recent fans are familiar with,” Merriam explained. “They are less whimsical than most of my work, and have allowed me to explore a more real world without a strict cognitive boundary.”

Pushing boundaries is something Merriam is familiar with, as he breaks away from strict realism in his creative work. “In the 80s, if you dared to paint representational work other than hyper-realism, you were in effect a real rebel.”

It was the progressive work by artist Andrew Wyeth that helped Merriam discover that he could create art in the style of magical realism and still be considered a serious artist. “It was [Wyeth’s] work that inspired me to assert figurative painting as viable in the realm of high art.”

Merriam’s enchanting work is not a collection to be missed. His paintings will be on display at EC Gallery Seaport Village, October 16 – 18. Come experience the magic for yourself!


Wind’s Will
Original Graphite
14″ x 17″

Runaway Dreams
Original Graphite
14″ x 17″

Trusting Soul
Original Graphite
14″ x 17″

Investing in Sculpture

•August 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Most collectors begin their art adventure collecting paintings. Once they have been bitten by the joy of collecting, they begin looking at other forms of art, including bronze sculpture. For those considering a bronze work, it is important to know what to look for in terms of both quality and the kind of prices you can expect to pay.

Fine bronze sculptures require a great deal of artistic skill and are highly prized by collectors and museums around the world. They display beautifully in any living environment or garden. The strength and durability of bronze means it resists the elements extremely well. Bronze also has the ability to capture fine sculptural details, much better than rougher materials such as stone.

The ancient Greeks were the first to create statues in bronze, and the recipe for the metal has changed little into modern times. It is typically 90 percent copper and 10 percent tin. In spite of the durability of bronze, most of the ancient works have not survived; because of the great strength, bronze statues were often melted down to make weapons during periods of war.

The process of creating bronze sculptures is extremely time-consuming and demands years of training. The method of casting is known as “lost-wax.” The original sculpture is created using wax or clay and the center is filled with wax to increase the strength of the mold. After the wax hardens, the cast is covered in a ceramic solution and sand. This toughens it further, after which the wax on the inside is melted away.

Once the mold dries, it is ready for the bronze, which is poured inside the cast. When the bronze hardens, the cast is shattered and discarded. Finally, the sculptor adds a patina which involves the application of chemicals that react with the metal. The artist heats the surface with a blowtorch to create the color and tones desired.

Paul Lotz "Toot"

Toot,” Paul B. Lotz

Bronze Sculpture

10″ x 12″ x 20″

New Release: Michael Flohr’s, “Parisian Rain”

•July 31, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Exclusive Collections Gallery is excited to unveil the latest Fine Art Limited Edition by artist Michael Flohr.


Paris is known as the city of love because of its architecture, history, and aura of romance. What better place for contemporary painter Michael Flohr to capture in his most recent “rain” series?

Flohr’s fond memories of Paris are personal in nature. The memory of visiting cafés in the Montmartre district where the great impressionists Cezanne, Monet, and Toulouse-Lautrec frequented inspire and excite his imagination. Flohr’s distinct style is both impressionistic and expressionistic in nature, making Paris the perfect place to paint yet another great masterpiece.

Using rain as a metaphor for cleansing, the sparkling lights of the city glow with a renewed brilliance. The Eiffel Tower stands proudly in the background, bringing contrast to the female figure holding a vibrant, red umbrella. Symbolic of the artist himself, this visual innuendo speaks of bold individuality and undaunted perseverance. The composition originates not only from seeking new places, but also from seeing places with new eyes. Some may surmise that Michael Flohr paints moments, not places. He is an artist that sees the beauty of the physical world, but ultimately yearns to paint the experience of being in a special place, at a special time. Parisian Rain is the embodiment of what is quintessentially Michael Flohr.

New Release: Michael Summers’, “Catnip”

•July 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Exclusive Collections Gallery is excited to unveil the latest Fine Art Limited Edition by artist Michael Summers!
Catnip by Michael Summers
195 SN, 25 AP, 10 PP
36″ X 48″

It’s a jungle out there! That is one way to look at life, but artist Michael Summers challenges his viewer to look again with fresh eyes of imagination. In his latest work, Catnip, the artist speaks to the need to lighten up, to play, and take a little “nip” out of life!

Elaborating on this idea, Summers explains, “By being open to new events, new ideas, new types of art, we allow ourselves to learn, to empathize, to grow.” Summers continues to grow as an artist, as with each new painting he demonstrates his strong understanding of not only color, composition, and subject matter, but the personal message of his artistic dialogue.

In this meticulously refined and detailed work of art, Summers once again marries his mastery of realism with a contemporary abstract setting to bring forth a surreal experience. Each vertical line of color is added by hand to recreate the effect of dripping paint. The gradation in the background illuminates the isolated scene like a spotlight on a stage. In the foreground, three rare white tigers lie close together as a family. The tiger lying in the colorful rain has surrendered to the experience, and his perception of the world will be forever altered. The tigress and cub sit safely under the umbrella watching, while a second cub ventures off to explore the territory. Marching to the beat of his own drum, he pounces and plays in a colorful puddle, enjoying the experience while the others look on.

Catnip is a celebration of life. The capacity to feel jubilation is in direct correlation to our ability to explore all that life brings! Catnip reminds us all that it is ok to venture off the path and pounce when we find the right puddle to play in.

Momentous Milestones

•July 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Exclusive Collections Gallery Celebrates 20 Years

Art is and always has been a crucial part of our human existence. Art chronicles history and tells a visual story of the experiences of life. It allows the viewer to look back in time and discover a different view of times past.

Exclusive Collections Gallery was founded on the ideal that the impact art has on a society is relevant and significant. The role that the visual arts play is something worth preserving. It is with this ideal in mind that the first EC Gallery was opened in 1995 in San Diego.

Known for discovering talent, EC Gallery established itself to be on the cutting edge of art, discovering half a dozen unknown artists and brought them to international acclaim. Over the last two decades, the galleries have uniquely drawn from this talented group of premiere artists under exclusive contracts that hail from all different genres.

EC Gallery is rooted in the commitment to artistic excellence, a philosophy that continues to grow as they celebrate their 20th anniversary this year.

Today, there are six EC Galleries including locations in Las Vegas Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops, in the seaside art town of Laguna Beach, two in downtown San Diego in the popular Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village as well as a gallery in Beverly Hills. Continuing to expand, they recently acquired a sixth gallery in Breckenridge, Colorado in May. Future EC Gallery locations include Hawaii as well as many other top US markets in the next five years.

One thing that makes EC Gallery unique is that all but one of their galleries have been acquired galleries that were in closing, they saved and reopened them under the EC Gallery brand — preserving the cultivation and 

accessibility of art in these cities. Their secret to success has not only been seeking great art but also discovering the non-established talent and bringing them to market. Once more, the patrons of the gallery are family and it is an approachable open style to art that continues to bring art seekers in the door.

Each member of the gallery is passionate about the role art plays in the individual human experience. Whether it is the directors, consultants or artists on the team, each member’s role is to provide the best experience and put the collector’s interests above all to experience art in a pristine, comfortable, luxurious environment with ease of decision, lack of pressure, and fullness of joy. The true excellence of EC Gallery’s vision is in excellence of art and that is found in their core belief that “art that stands the test of time.”

There is a human element in every aspect of the art business. EC Gallery’s passion stems from the love of what they do and operations driving from integrity and with people in mind. The true essence of EC Gallery’s vision is the excellence of art and the core believe in “art that stands the test of time.”

If you are a long time patron, you are an important piece of the fabric in the tapestry of their 20-year history. Perhaps you have never been in one of the EC Galleries, please come and see what has made this such a special brand that will continue to grow and flourish for decades to come. You will not find another gallery with more passion and commitment to the art, staff, long time patrons and future art lovers than at EC Gallery.

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Bella Hearts

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Exclusive Collections Gallery (ECG) warms up the hearts of local communities with their art showcase, Bella Hearts. This amazing art was created by an eight-year-old named Isabella Thorn, who has been painting ever since she first held a brush at the young age of 16 months. To date, Isabella has created more than 400 Bella Hearts, showing that even the smallest among us can have a huge impact. Bella Hearts’ pieces are collected and have traveled to collectors as far away as Dubai. These beautiful hearts can be seen at all five EC Galleries.

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At Isabella’s choice, 10% of the proceeds from her work go to benefit children and animals in need. It is her hope that every time someone sees a Bella Heart, there is a child who has benefited from another’s love and compassion. Each Bella Heart is an original creation made by the hands of three generations of artists. Together, grandmother, mother and daughter combine their creative talents to generate a beautiful, unique work of art crafted from the inherent love generated within the family.

Bella is frequently on TV and has been featured on KUSI Good Morning San Diego and San Diego 6 CW Wake Up San Diego. Her Hearts have been presented at different art shows, some shows where she has even painted live. Bella, a wonderful child, is creating art to help other children. What could be more special?

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