Los Angeles, California (May 2, 2014) – KM Fine Arts Los Angeles is pleased to present Tête-a-Tête, a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, and mixed media works offering the exchange of conversation translated in visual expression featuring works renown artists Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Robert Indiana, Hans Hofmann and Wolf Kahn along side our LA contemporary program of artists Hal Buckner, Ramsey Dau, Kim Gottlieb- Walker, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, Victor Matthews, Brendan Murphy, Bernie Taupin and Alexander Yulish.  

The exhibition will be punctuated by a selection of works by guest artists Nigel Daly, Marisa Howenstein, Stephanie Bell May, Sela Ward, and Estella Warren. The exhibition will run from May 20 – June 18, with a VIP Preview on May 17.

Hal Buckner is an accomplished painter and sculptor whose work is rooted in line drawing fundamentals and the female figure. His simple, aluminum cut sculptures recount the elegant simplicity of contour drawings, yet culminate in a complete, seemingly voluminous forms. Often life-sized in scale, the surfaces of his works are painted matte black to provide contrast and to highlight the drawn-line element. Once installed, light casts dramatic shadows on the walls, adding volume and depth. Buckner is a professor emeritus of Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington and has taught sculpture at a collegiate level for over 25 years. He currently lives and works in Southampton, NY.

Ramsey Dau The son of an abstract expressionist and a lawyer, he comes by his creative and analytical qualities honestly. Born and raised in Los Angeles, He received a BA in Political Science from UC Davis in 1992. In 1996 he founded the design studio Creative Superstore that focuses on art direction, brand development and graphic design for clients in the youth culture/action sports, music, fashion and corporate markets. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, and splits his time between corporate and personal work. Since early 2012, Dau has focused on a body of work he terms “Future Primitivism.” Combining a personal graphic vocabulary of primitive shapes, pattern and expressionistic mark-making, with masterfully rendered photorealism, Dau creates a type of “painted collage” that explores the tension of opposites – between modern and primitive, geometric and abstract, the simple and complex. It is a body of work shaped both by chance, and a deliberate, prodigious exploration of personal aesthetics.

Kim Gottlieb-Walker is an American photographer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Over the past 45 years, she has built a distinctive portfolio that includes some of the most notable musicians and personalities of the ‘60s and ‘70s, including her candid photographs of Bob Marley and other iconic members of the Reggae movement. Many of her photos are in the current Bob Marley Collectors Edition of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Dana Louise Kirkpatrick is known for her bold, large-scale paintings and drawings which reference themes such as popular culture, religion, war, race, poverty, love and sex. Kirkpatrick’s sure, confident line work oscillates between being hard and dark or shaky and scrawling, dependent on the attitude of each piece. Dana Louise Kirkpatrick (b. 1976 Cambridge, MA) was raised in Washington DC. She studied Fine Arts at Georgetown University, graduating with honors in 2001 and receiving the DaVinci Medal for Excellence in Studio Art and the Misty Dailey Award for Outstanding Work in Studio Art.   Kirkpatrick’s work is in a large number of private collections, including Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, Timothy Hutton, Flea, Anthony Kiedis, Tim Armstrong, Dana White, Gina Bellman, James D. Stern, Stephen Nemeth, Gabrielle Fialkoff, Tony Hawk, and the personal collection Jorge Perez.

Victor Matthews’s paintings and sculptures convert urban city street grids into metropolises of softened-white, celebrating what has been and what can still be. Born in Brooklyn in 1963, Matthews draws inspiration from every day objects and happenings of urban New York and transforms the chaos into serene, yet stunning story-like interpretations. Matthews has a BFA from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and his work has been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions in the US and abroad, including the 48th and 55th Venice Biennale, Museum Sala Uno, the Boca Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum (Venice) and The Sculpture Center. 

His work in in the permanent public collections of the Museum Overholland, the International Center for Contemporary Art, Cornell University, Museum Ludwig, New School, and Museum Nuova Icona. His work can be found in the private collections of Russell Simmons, Brice & Helen Marden, Jay Z, L.A. Reid, Francesco & Alba Clemente, Vera List, Ed Norton, Mary J. Blige, Nathaniel Rothschild, Forest Whitaker, President Mogae of Botswana, Donald Trump, Ronald Perelman and Salman Rushdie, among others. Matthews currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Brendan Murphy’s work focuses on the genuine cultivation of beauty by utilizing color and movement to confront life’s experiences. The juxtaposing mathematical constructs, iconography, and sensual female silhouettes seen throughout the work guide the viewer through an emotional journey of discovery and the complexities of relationships. His work aims to bring people back to a state of genuine emotion rather than distraction and detachment. Working primarily with large format canvas, Murphy’s paintings display an effortless blending of gouache, oil, and acrylic paint to create floating backgrounds, moving pieces, and a push/pull multi-dimensional visual experience. Murphy has shown his works all over the world, including solo shows in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Calgary, Houston, and Buenos Aires and has a number of upcoming shows in New York, Chicago, and Munich. He is a former student of renowned painter and sculptor Eric Fischl and his work can be seen in over 500 private and public art collections internationally.

Bernie Taupin Stemming from his world famous career as a lyricist, Taupin incorporates words and language in to his artistic works. Taupin has no set pattern or definitive style. He claims it is hard to conform when there are so many options. Taupin sees his art as a visual extension of what he has spent his life creating through words, “the imagination, in my estimation, is the most powerful tool the artist possess enabling us to conjure up beautiful distraction for the ears and eyes.” He has been busy touring with his art exhibitions all across the US. Taupin born in the United Kingdom currently resides in California. His works are included in many significant collections worldwide.

Alexander Yulish Through his exploration of the human psyche, Yulish began experimenting with a range of expression that he was able to access using lines and color.  His influences can be found in the work of de Kooning, Bacon, Chagall, Gorky and the balance of Calder, strongly associating with abstract expressionism. Alexander Yulish was born in New York City in 1975. The son of famed fine artist and sculptor Barbara Pearlman, Alexander’s parents consistently encouraged their son to see the world in a uniquely personal way, fostering a fierce individuality and a sense of expression that is conveyed in his art. His works are in the collection of the Annenberg’s and Eugenio Lopez, who are among the many top collectors who have become supporters of Yulish’s work. 


About KM Fine Arts

With locations in both Chicago and Los Angeles, KM Fine Arts showcases the very best in modern, postwar and contemporary paintings, sculpture and works on paper. KMFA was recently included in Blouin ArtInfo Modern Painters “500 Best Galleries Worldwide” issue.


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May 20 – Jun 18, 2014