With White Pink Turpentine, Lou Beach continues to explore the art of collage and the far reaches of his imagination. Described as "very precise hallucinations . . . taking your breath away" by author George Saunders, Beach's collages are playful, restless, endlessly inventive, and memorable for their beautiful strangeness.
Lou Beach (nee Andrzej Lubicz-Ledóchowski) was born in Göttingen, Germany in 1947, the son of Polish parents displaced by the Second World War. The family emigrated to Rochester, NY in 1951 where Lou attended public schools and junior college.
He travelled to California in 1968 where he began his artistic career by making assemblage art and studying the Surrealists, visiting galleries and museums, and creating collages from pictures cut from old Life magazines. He worked during this time in bookstores, as a delivery man, moved furniture, and ran a punch press and forklift.
A road trip across country, ostensibly to travel on to Europe from the East Coast, brought him to Boston where he lived from 1972 until 1979, much of the time as the sexton at the famous Arlington St. Church. There he created collages in earnest and had his first one man show at the newly established Boston Center For The Arts, as well as being hired for several illustration assignments.
Returning to L.A. he reacquainted himself with old friends, one of whom was prominent in the music business, and was asked to illustrate a record album cover. This was the beginning of a long and fruitful career as a record cover illustrator as well as an editorial illustrator, making pictures for magazines and newspapers. He continued making art, if not showing in galleries, by creating collages as gifts and for his personal enjoyment. Not until his grown children (Alpha and Sam), both fine artists, encouraged him to seriously concentrate on making art again did he embark on reestablishing himself in that realm. A nearly sold-out show at Billy Shire Fine Arts in 2009 saw the reemergence of Lou in the world of fine art along with subsequent showings at Nickelodeon, La Luz de Jesus, Offramp Gallery, Adventureland (Chicago), and Firecat Projects in Chicago.
In June, 2014 two Lou Beach collages were acquired by the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago for its permanent collection.
White Pink Turpentine is Beach's second solo show at Offramp Gallery. It will be shown concurrently with Patssi Valdez: Somber Hues.
Offramp Gallery 1702 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
Regular Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1-5pm or by appointment
Wall blackboard is available for kids to create their own artistic
Street parking -- Ample street parking is available on Canada Avenue, just north and west of the gallery.