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Reginald Van Langenhove

Help The Los Angeles Artists Association?

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Will you join us in supporting a non-profit arts organization that has helped  emerging artists for over 90 years?

2017 has proven to be a transformational year in the long history of the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) and our mission to serve emerging artists in our community. Our exhibitions have gained local and national visibility, directly enhancing the careers of the most disadvantaged emerging artists.

Some might say that if all LAAA did was secure excellent exhibition opportunities for economically disadvantaged artists, it would be enough. But LAAA provides so many more opportunities for local emerging artists and the larger community. Our ArtSpeak seminars and programming expanded by 30% in 2017 –  allowing an even larger cross section of artists and the public to benefit from our career preparedness workshops and panel discussions. Our mission extends to a broad cross section of artists of all mediums, career levels and socio-economic backgrounds, including those from low income communities. By supporting the emerging talent at the onset of their career path, we seek to provide artists with the experience, education and exposure needed to create and sustain a career in the arts.
The successes and expanded services we provide to local artists are impressiveand deserve to continue into 2018. I urge you to support LAAA’s 2018 Annual Fund by sending a gift today – it’s a great investment in the future of our shared cultural identity. Every donation of $500 or more will enter you in a drawing for this large original piece by Steve Galloway valued at $12,000.
Thank you for your consideration. Even $50 or $100 will make a powerful difference in the lives of Los Angeles’ most creative and underserved populations – the emerging artist.

Art In Place

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Art in Place.”, curated by Juri Koll, Director of ViCA (the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art) opens Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 3 to 6pm. The exhibition continues through December 2017 by appointment and is located at the Newberry Lofts, 433 Pine Ave., Long Beach California 90802. Selected artists include KuBO, Renee Tanner, Gloriane Harris, Cosimo Cavallaro, MB Boissonault, Theodore Svenningsen, Ron Therrio, and Reginald Van Langenhove, and works from the collection of ViCA by artists such as John Baldessari, Sam Francis and Edmund Teske.

Art Show in Los Angeles

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I am happy to say that I recently had two works in an art show in Chinatown in L.A., curated by my new friend Juri Koll.

As of today I have two works in this art show in Chinatown, Los Angeles, curated by Mr. Juri Koll. Do visit!

Posted by Reginald Van Langenhove on Tuesday, 9 May 2017

My wife Kimberly and I went to the closing event and had a blast:


Much Ado About Sketches.

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My wife and I went to see a play and I made some little sketches, which I later converted into larger ones in Japanese ink. Here are some of them:

Artist’s Statement.

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(Image: Portrait of Egon Schiele by RVanLangenhove)

I’ve been influenced by so many artists that I’ve fairly lost count. I only recently remembered my very first favorite artist (because there are so many) and that was the incomparable de Toulouse-Lautrec, who might have been small in stature, but who was a grand master in craftsmanship. I paint and draw every single day and hope to one day reach the same level of excellence.
I love to work with paint straight from the tube onto the canvas, without mixing, giving my work an almost fauvist look, which is unrealistic in color, brutishly rendered and full of emotion.
I’m working towards a style of painting, which is both strong like Max Beckmann’s and at the same time graceful like El Greco’s.
Why do I paint people? Because we are so great at simultaneously being appalling and exalting, which makes for an exhaustive spectrum.
Why do I paint in oils? Because they are the most versatile. By changing techniques one can convey almost any emotion with them.
And why do I paint at all? Because I must. Because it makes my blood sing.

The Different Stages of “Monet Revisited”

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I started this as a straightforward copy of a Monet, whom I greatly admire, but a copy is only just that and therefore I changed it, several times, until I considered it mine own. You can see the five different stages in this picture galery:

Some of my Sketches

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Charcoal and ink on paper:

Large-scale Painting: Samhain Celebrations

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Samhain Celebrations

Painting “Samhain Celebration”:

Top image is the finished product.

{ oil on canvas – +- 1 x 2 m (39 x 78 inches) – work in progress }

My goal is to attune the canvas to my spirit by creating a tension between the colors, a chemistry between light and dark and by using the force of the composition itself.

Painting one’s feelings or one’s sense of self is never easy, but it is the only way I know to try to communicate with kindred spirits. I’m striving to let the colors sing the tune to which my soul moves and convey my passion for the beauty of living.

In this composition I’ve used the stones of the henge to portray the womb of Mother Earth in which primordial woman is dancing, surrounded by her kin.

She breathes to the rhythm of the living rock, the rock that is conscious of eternity and amused at the ephemeral grace of those magical beings twisting to the music of the rapidly changing tides.

The old man, after finally having spent his tiresome ego, is awed by the perpetual creative power of her femininity which only gains in beauty with each progressive phase and is astounded by the simplicity of it all, of living for the sake of loving.