Artist: Kirk Pedersen (American, b. 1959)

17264724_10154925537381224_5830421945748902559_nTitled: ” EPMD,”
Signature: Signed lower right and Dated 1996
Size: measures 9.00″ x 13.00″ inches
(48.26cm x 33.02cm)
Medium: Watercolor / Paper
Farhat Art Museum Collection

Born in Broken Bow, Nebraska, Kirk Pedersen, living in Los Angeles, California is a painter of botanical, urban and rural subjects in both photo real and abstract styles. In a 1987 exhibition publication, Pedersen’s studio was described as being “in a narrow concrete building across the street from the main line of the Union Pacific”. The visitor, Donald Bartlett Doe, wrote that the artist does not work from photographs or sketches but begins by placing paper “on the cracked concrete floor of his studio. Onto the paper, from various heights, he pours and splatters paint, which disperses across the paper in a manner in part dictated by chance.”

Then, once dried, Pedersen attaches the paper to a wall and with brush in hand creates an image that emerges both from pre-design and chance. “Out of this exploration comes his landscapes, fragments of the urban world which have been eroded by conditions natural to a city. The concrete curbing is cracked, paint on pavement is worn by weather and traffic; occasionally, intrusions of the natural world appear: water pools in a street, grass penetrates concrete.”

Artist: Christian Spruell (American, b. 1971)


Titled:”Don’t Listen to Anthing I Tell You,”
Signed:signed, titled, and dated 2004 verso,
Measures: 64″h x 74″w inches
Medium: oil and spray paint on canvas
Farhat Art Museum Collection
American painter Christian Spruell (b. 1970) is a Los-Angeles based artist. His career began in the mid 1990’s, while still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. After receiving a scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, his career quickly blossomed. After alternating workspace studios between Brooklyn and San Francisco, he eventually settled in New York full time in 1997. In 2002, Spruell returned home to Los Angeles and now lives and works in Los Angeles County. His work is in various corporate and private collections throughout the United States.
Although his subject matter is always changing, Spruell continues to apply paint with an enormous variety of physicality. His work is in some ways about the overwhelming presence of the paint pigment and form, thus lending itself to work in alliance with the architecture of the environments where installed. It is immediately evident when approaching his work to what degree the limits of contrast can be pushed. Through a repertoire of incisions and with a deep ensemble of marks, vibrant compositions remain.