"Population Defaced" is a well put-together show, small but rich. It consists of 40-50 small-scale paintings of heads that capture your attention and move your eye around in excitement. Some thinly painted, some impasto, some realistic, some distorted, they look like they each have a life and a story to tell. It's a delight to see the dynamic paint handling, the color getting pushed (especially in the shadows), and the marriage of German expressionism, Francis Bacon, and contemporary LA aesthetics.
@ JoAnne Artman Gallery