EC Laguna Beach Hosts Colorblind: A Black & White Collection

Hisashi Otsuka's Enlightenment was done in graphite as part of the Colorblind Collection.

Hisashi Otsuka’s Enlightenment was done in graphite as part of the Colorblind Collection.

What’s black white and red all over? The Colorblind Collection at EC Gallery Laguna Beach if you’re including the wine! EC Gallery Laguna Beach held a party to unveil the black and white pieces of Hisashi Otsuka, Daniel Ryan and Henry Asencio June 7-8, 2014. The balmy summer weather brought in lots of art aficionados to appreciate the distinct style of each artist, who were not allowed to use color  in order to emphasize composition, value and contrast. The theme was the only thing tying the pieces together which otherwise are extremely different in style.

Like yin and yang, Hisashi Otsuka marries Eastern and Western influences into one harmonious piece. Images of koi fish, samurai warriors and ancient Eastern deities are drawn onto the human figure to create an illusion of full-body tattoos. Otsuka’s discipline is evident in his painstaking attention to detail. The black and white contrast is a welcome reprieve from his normally colorful depictions of Eastern culture.

Be Still My Heart by Henry Asencio draws raw emotion from the viewer.

Be Still My Heart by Henry Asencio draws raw emotion from the viewer.

Asencio also paints the human form but that is where the similarities between he and Otsuka end. He used charcoal for the “Color Blind” show to sketch female figures for works like Be Still My Heart and Radiant Beauty. His bold use of black and white invokes passion and emotion in the viewer to create an unforgettable experience. Without color, Asencio’s work lacks the heat he normally conveys through the female form. The black and white charcoal pieces stir excitingly raw emotions in the viewer.

The final artist showcased, Daniel Ryan, was present for the show and is the newest of the three. He used ink in his nature depictions, which he told guests can sometimes take him upwards of 60 hours to complete. His use of contrast in Quiet Winter is calming and gives the viewer the chance to take a moment of solitude. He also draws majestic mountainscapes and powerful ocean scenes. During the unveiling, he drew live and even invited collectors to try their hand at drawing.

Artist Daniel Ryan speaks with a collector during the unveiling Saturday.

Artist Daniel Ryan speaks with a collector during the unveiling Saturday.

The warm weather brought lots of people out to enjoy the Black & White Collection. Tourists and locals alike enjoyed the complimentary snacks and wine while perusing the variety of black and white pieces. Art collectors were having a great time and at one point tango lessons were being given. Whether people were stopping in on their way to dinner or after enjoying an afternoon movie, they were all smiles. EC Gallery’s talented art consultants were dressed in black and white to celebrate the occasion.

The wine was flowing and art enthusiasts were aplenty. The exhibition, which ran Saturday and Sunday, was a success for all those who attended. Most people walked away with a new appreciation for grayscale art and for Daniel Ryan’s modern depiction of landscapes.

 

Quiet Winter depicts a fresh blanket of snow.

Quiet Winter by Daniel Ryan depicts a fresh blanket of snowfall on an unfettered forest.

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~ by Exclusive Collections Galleries on June 24, 2014.

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