On Saturday, January 8th, downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will proudly unveil a solo show from Long Beach, CA-based acrylic artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith, entitled New Works, in Gallery 3.
Becket-Griffith, who began her career and now widely popular “Strangeling” brand as a teenager online back in 1997, is a traditional acrylic painter, combining elements of realism with fantasy and the surreal. Historical and spiritual references are intertwined with fairytales and the beauty of nature in the artist’s work. Her trademark liquid eyed maidens evoke a wide range of emotions and responses to the surrounding imagery. It is her goal to bring a bit of magic and mystery to the mundane world with every painting.
Regarding her upcoming show at CHG, featuring new original acrylic paintings (both miniature and bigger pieces), Becket-Griffith shares, “New Works is a collection of paintings celebrating the cycle of renewal in the world and in my own life. Post-quarantine, a New Year. Using the symbolism of flowers, spirituality and growth, these pieces tell a simple story with many complexities. Most of these works were painted during my studio move to California, and the Californian theme is evident in many. Several became transformed during their creation as I began to unintentionally reflect on my environment, and began changing further as the world seemed to become more confusing with every new headline. While my artwork has always contained an element of self-portraiture, these new works represent the start of some deeper personal narratives coded through aesthetic device, and these are the physical objects that exist now in reaction to my journey. Each piece is a new original acrylic painting and I am delighted to have the opportunity to showcase them at Corey Helford Gallery here in my new home state.”
Says Beautiful Bizarre, “If magic is what you seek then surely you’ll find it with the highly anticipated opening of Jasmine Becket-Griffith’s exiting New Works solo exhibition…One look into those big, dreamy eyes and you’ll be mesmerized. So start the new year with a burst of artistic inspiration and delve into the enigmatic and poetic narratives of her incomparable creative voice.” New Works follows Becket-Griffith’s 2016 solo, Allusions and Allegories, and 2018 solo, Magical Thinking, at CHG.
In addition to the stunning paintings on view in her New Works show, Becket-Griffith’s piece “Great Red Dragonling” (seen below) is featured in CHG’s eighth annual Art Collector Starter Kit group show (ACSK VIII). Attendees at this Saturday’s (1/8) opening from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm at CHG will not only get to meet the artist but Becket-Griffith will be giving away 200 event-exclusive “California Godiva in Gold” enamel collector pins (pictured below) ? no purchase necessary, no tickets needed, no strings attached, just come say hi and check out the art. For those not able to attend, the artist will be posting live on Patreon Lens, the free Patreon App, for those who want to experience the opening virtually. In addition, CHG has set aside a pin for each of the original paintings and original mini paintings, so that each collector of an original piece will be certain to receive a “California Godiva in Gold” pin whether that collector attends in person or if that collector reserves their original piece via email or telephone.
New Works opens Saturday, January 8th from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm in Gallery 3, alongside CHG’s eighth annual Art Collector Starter Kit group show (ACSK VIII) in the Main Gallery and a solo show from Josie Morway, entitled Wealth and Hellness, in Gallery 2.
About Jasmine Becket-Griffith:
Jasmine Becket-Griffith is a traditional artist primarily known for her acrylic paintings of wide-eyed maidens portrayed through the lens of mysterious and fantastical themes. Her paintings explore symbolism and literalism through historic and cultural references, and it has always been her goal to elevate the mundane world through magic. Becket-Griffith’s widely popular “Strangeling” brand and celebrated collaborations with the Walt Disney Company, LucasFilm, the Bradford Exchange, and other cultural touchstones have garnered her a worldwide legion of fans. Her original artwork has a very wide appeal and can be found in public and private collections throughout the world, in museums and galleries alike, as well as in books, tarot decks, and coloring books.
Becket-Griffith was born in 1979 and began showing her work professionally in 1997. She is a full-time painter and splits her time between Long Beach, California and Celebration, Florida where her studios are based.
Corey Helford Gallery
Established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer/creator Bruce Helford (The Conners, Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, and George Lopez), Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goal as an institution is supporting the growth of artists, from the young and emerging, to the well-known and internationally established. CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti, and Street Art. Located in downtown Los Angeles (571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033) in a robust 12,000 square foot building, CHG presents new exhibitions approximately every six weeks. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, with visiting hours being Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.com and follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. For available prints from CHG, visit CHGPrints.com.
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