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Ron Rizk: As I See It

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Saturday, 15 June 2024 to Saturday, 13 July 2024
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Saturday, 15 June 2024 - 10:00am to 7:00pm

Ron Rizk’s paintings depict the intimate personal history of locales from his life.  Ethereal and yet grounded in reality, the paintings tell the stories of very real places as seen through the artist’s memories.  Highly accurate in some aspects and imagined in others, the paintings exist in a space between reality and the surreal.

Rizk constructs the architecture in paper - simplifying the forms to capture their essential shapes.  The impermanence and fragility of the structures echo the impermanence of memory and of human civilization.  Although they are devoid of human figures, the paintings are primarily about the impact of industry and  human interventions in the landscape. The scenes are rendered in an idealized and poetically soft color palette but these landscapes are rich in complicated stories - industries that came and went, dreams that might or might not be realized, places steeped in history.

Rizk is creating worlds for himself and for the viewer - we are drawn in to the minute details of the foliage, to the peek through the windows, to wonder at the light.  There is a reverence for the spaces that is palpable in the these paintings - a fascination and a wonder and a deep appreciation.  

Ron Rizk was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  He received a diploma from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana.  He is a Professor of Painting and Chair of Studio Arts at the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts.

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Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm
OPENING RECEPTION: June 15, 4-7pm

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2716 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Billis Williams Gallery , Los Angeles

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