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Exhibit in Agoura Hills to showcase 18 artists

Exhibit in Agoura Hills to showcase 18 artists

By Robyn Flans

Originally published 05:53 p.m., December 1, 2011
Updated 06:40 p.m., December 1, 2011

Local artist Jeremy Lipking will host an exhibit of his work and that of 17 other artists Saturday at his Agoura Hills studio.

Lipking, whose art is considered realism, paints in oils. Art collectors such as George Lucas, Joel Silver and Barbra Streisand have bought his works, and his piece “The Lonely Maiden” was at the center of the 2009 film “The Maiden Heist.”

The event is in its second year and drew about 150 people last year, Lipking said.

Lipking will have 20 paintings on exhibition, mostly figures and landscapes. There also will be two small flower studies, he said.

Other paintings on display will come from Quang Ho, Michael Klein, Tony Pro, Casey Baugh, Joseph Todorovitch, Amy Lind, Michelle Dunaway, Ignat Ignatov, Glenn Dean, Logan Hagege, Alexey Steele, Rose Frantzen, Cody Erickson, Nicholas Coleman, Korin Faught, Martin Kilner and Lipking’s father, Ron Lipking. Many artists will be present.

“A lot of these artists are extremely successful,” Lipking said. “For instance, Rose Franzten recently had an exhibit of her work at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in D.C., which is not a small achievement for a living artist.”

Franzten, Todorovitch, Baugh, Pro, Klein, Dunaway and Jeremy Lipking consistently have been top 10 finalists at the National Portrait Society International Portrait competition for the past seven years.

The artists are relatively in the same genre of painting, except Ron Lipking, who works in mixed media and lives in Simi Valley.

Pro, who lives in Westlake Village and teaches at California Lutheran University, describes some of his work as mixed media combined with realism. He will be exhibiting one such piece, “Carnivalesque,” at the show.

“A few of us artists went to Europe together about a month and a half ago, and while we were there, I became pretty fascinated with the Venetian masks that I saw,” Pro said. “Some were made in China, but then there were the authentic, expensive ones. I did a painting based on the mask, and the gold in the mask is actual 22-karat gold on the canvas, and then there is oil painting around it. Most of my paintings are oil, but sometimes I will use gold in the paint or as a halo.”

Two of the other three paintings that Pro will show are landscapes. One is a small painting he did in Venice; the other is of a spot at California Lutheran University.

“Most of these artists only show in maybe one other gallery, so there’s really no other place to see this group of artists’ work all in one place, especially in Agoura Hills,” Lipking said. “I am not exaggerating when I say that they are some of the best and most successful realist painters working today.”

The art will range in price from about $1,500 to $65,000, Lipking said.

The exhibit will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The studio is at 28233 Agoura Road, Suite A, in Agoura Hills. Call 818-451-7675 for more information.

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