If you’re an art aficionado or are simply looking for something refreshing and new to do in the lovely seaside community of La Jolla, by all means head over to the R. B. Stevenson Gallery to admire and have an opportunity to purchase some of the favorite pieces of art from the renowned and late artist Italo Scanga. The exhibit opened at the Gallery on February 18, 2017 and runs through March 31, 2017.
Scanga’s favorite works were stored away in his locked studio subsequent to his death in 2001, but his family estate released the works of art to the R. B. Stevenson Gallery so people who never had an opportunity to view his spectacular and innovative art can now have a look at his exquisite and remarkable works.
Scanga was known for collecting objects he found, bought at flea markets and other venues, and who subsequently created splendid works from what most people might be considered junk. Scanga was an inventive neo-Dadaist, neo-Expressionist, and neo-Cubist multimedia artist who created sculptures from the aforementioned objects and also created prints, glass, and ceramic works of art.
One of the pieces on display at the R. B. Stevenson Gallery is his Flame F-002, an exquisite work of blown orange glass. This is not your Disneyland or Knotts Berry Farm souvenir stuff, but rather a carefully crafted work of art. Also on display and available for purchase from his estate are painted bronze busts and painted wood assemblages. In addition, two large scale painted assemblages are on display and offered for sale by his estate. These works are found in museums such as San Francisco’s De Young Museum and Washington D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Finally, paintings are also available including his “Untitled (mamma ritomiamo alle montagne).”
After immigrating to the United States in 1947 with his mother, Scanga went on to study at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, Michigan from 1951 to 1953. Politically aware, Scanga was known to research topics and then create works of art that were symbolic of important historical events.
His keen eye and ability to transform ordinary objects into eye-catching works of art is but one reason why stopping by the R. B. Stevenson Gallery would not only be a learning experience for upcoming artists, but additionally a lesson for anyone with respect to how an artist’s imagination and expert craftsmanship appeals to the human senses.
The R. B. Stevenson Gallery is conveniently located at 7661 Girard Avenue #201 in La Jolla in the Phenix Salon Suites building. There is plenty of free two hour parking in the area. Take the opportunity now to see Scanga’s work while it is still available. You’ll certainly be glad you did
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