Henry Lewis & Regino Gonzales
"Burning At Both Ends"
Opening Reception Saturday, January 5, 2008
7 to 10pm
On View January 5 - January 23, 2008
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present "Burning At Both Ends", a solo exhibition of new works by noted tattoo artists Henry Lewis and Regino Gonzales. Their first solo show with the gallery will feature a series of figurative oil paintings as well as collaborative pieces that fuse their tattoo-influenced images with fine art technique. On one end of the gallery, Lewis paints the world as he see it, drawing upon experiences and emotions of the past year that evoke timeless themes of inner turmoil, uncertainty, mortality, vulnerability, and hope. His portraits are a blend of historic artifacts, modern day images, icons of beauty, and supernatural creatures. And on the other end, Gonzales' paintings are a collection of loose narratives based upon personal experiences. Using crude metaphors, symbolism, dark humor, and personal icons, Gonzales' work takes on a new direction, elevating it from the boundaries of tattoo art. The opening reception for "Burning At Both Ends" will take place on Saturday, January 5 from 7 to 10pm and is open to the public. The exhibition will be on view until January 23, 2008.
Regino Gonzales grew up in Riverside, California and moved to New York where he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2001. For the past twelve years he has worked as a tattoo artist as well as graphic designer, creating illustrations for Upper Playground, Atlantic records and Issili. Gonzales' work has been featured in Inked magazine, Tattoo Burst, Tattoo, and will be included in an upcoming tattoo book by Juxtapoz magazine. Gonzales has exhibited at numerous galleries including White Walls, 111 Minna, Red Letter 1, and Canvas. For more information about the artist, please visit, www.regnyc.com.
Born in Pasadena, California in 1977, Henry Lewis moved to San Francisco in 2000 to pursue a career in tattooing, illustration, and painting. Lewis has worked as a tattooist for the past eight years and is a featured artist at the world-renowned tattoo studio, Everlasting Tattoo. He has exhibited at 111 Minna Gallery, 5024SF, Hotel Biron, White Walls, The Shooting Gallery and his work was featured in a group show during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Lewis has worked and collaborated on projects with Receiver Gallery, Juice Design, K2 Snowboards, Ashbury Images, and the band, The Liars. For more information about the artist, please visit www.moremocking.com.