By Lookout Staff
September 25, 2012 -- Husband-wife painters Kenny Harris and Judy Nimitz will discuss how places -- whether in the Far East or an imaginary world -- inspire works of art at a special lecture at Santa Monica College Saturday.
The lecture, which will start at 2 p.m. at SMC's Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, is part of an exhibit of the couple's works that will run through October 13 at the gallery located in the SMC Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street.
Harris is exhibiting new paintings inspired by a seven-week trip the couple took through China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, while Nimtz’s paintings reflect a “culmination of the experiences I’ve gathered from life and literature, places visited, dreamed of, and imagined.”
“The paintings explore alleyways and temples, vistas and courtyards,” Harris says of his collection. “The flat gray skies in the cities were perfect for the type of light I seek out; the heavy air formed a perfect light-box for indirect-light painting.
"The emptiness found in grand spaces such as the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City seemed in contrast to the grand pageantry it once housed,” he said.
Nimitz also strives to depict what makes a space in time unique and how the places she finds herself in “have a say in my imagery, narrative and composition.
"I attempt to capture a likeness of a location or subject, and also to capture experiences and emotions," Nimitz says. "The way light falls and creates shadows, or air particles accumulate over a distance and shimmer, an unanticipated pose struck by the model, all affect my experiences as I’m working.”
Harris and Nimtz both have had their works exhibited widely, in solo and group shows. Harris' exhibitions have included the George Billis Gallery in New York, Terrence Rogers Fine Art in Santa Monica, and Koplin Del Rio in Culver City. Nimtz's work has been shown throughout Southern California, as well as in Hawaii.
Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 310.434.3434.