The resort is proud to present a collection of artwork throughout the property featuring numerous amazing artists.
"Jian Wang: The Pacific Series"
On display on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level until January 4, 2016
The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel presents an exhibition of paintings and etchings by distinguished artist Jian Wang. The Pacific Series features works from Wang’s recent Artist in Residence at the prestigious Laguna College of Art and Design. For over 20 years Jian Wang has been serving bountiful helpings of color to audiences in the form of abstracted landscapes rendered in both paint and pastel. Deep orange, emerald green, and luscious lavender suffuse his sumptuous takes on California locations from the San Francisco to San Diego, inviting us to revel in the inspirational powers of nature. With broad titles like Summer Memory and Golden Autumn, Jian Wang does not seek to capture a specific location but rather the light and color harmonies of the region. Using a quasiabstract approach, and in often isolated form, the tree lines, rivers, and fields are represented more as shapes of mother nature rather than detailed elements within the landscape. A student of Wayne Thiebaud, and a confident colorist, Wang experiments with a variety of styles that show influence by such masters as Monet, Bonnard, Soutine, and Fairfield Porter. Using heavy paint and broad, colorful brushstrokes, Wang has defined a contemporary style that is clearly his own. The entire collection on display was created during his two month tenure at the Laguna College of Art and Design.
“Coastline Landscape Collection”
On display at in the art hallway of the resort until January 4, 2016
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is proud to present the Coastline Landscape Collection, highlighting some of the leading landscape painters in Southern California. This rare exhibition features five artists and spans over 40 years of artwork painted along our majestic coastline, San Clemente to Newport Beach from 1970-2015.
Michael Logan has been painting for over 50 years. Influenced by the early California impressionist such as Granville Redmond, William Wendt and Edgar Payne, Michael started painting and moved to the flourishing art colony, Laguna Beach, at the age of 18. That move would shape his life as an oil painter. He has gone on to travel the world and has held numerous group and one-man shows with a local and international following.
Patrick Donovan Tobin (1950-2006) was raised in Laguna Beach. During his life he traveled and painted throughout Europe, Mexico and Hawaii, returning every year to his hometown where he would show his work at the Festival of the Arts, distinguished art galleries such as Diane Nelson, Richard Challis and Gallery McCollum. He felt this tiny stretch of coastline was as good as any, with the light comparable to Southern France, where his greatest influences, such as Henri Matisse and Andre Derain had lived and painted.
Born of Italian parents in New York, artist Dante Liberi (1919-2004) spent the last 20 years of his life in Laguna Beach, where he moved his family, as he felt it was the closest to his wife Nevalda’s homeland of Italy. He would return to Italy every year to paint and exhibit his work. Throughout his years painting in Southern California, his work retained a vividly European feel.
Member of LAPAP, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, award winning artist Jeff Sewell was born and raised in Newport Beach. Growing up in Orange County has attached Jeff deeply to the ocean lifestyle, which he captures in his remarkable seascapes.
Photographer Clark Little
On display throughout the resort
Images of big waves captured by award-winning photographer Clark Little are on display and include a wide variety of open and limited editions. Comprised of underwater seascapes and Little’s signature shorebreak waves, the photos are displayed on mediums including giclee canvas, plexiglass, and aluminum.
Clark Little was born in Napa, California in 1968. Two years later, a move to the North Shore of Oahu (Hawaii) dramatically changed his future. In the 80’s and 90’s he made his name as a pioneer of surfing at the Waimea Bay shorebreak. Clark had a unique talent for taking off on hopeless closeout shorebreak waves and surviving in one piece. In 2007, Clark discovered his ability and passion to capture the extraordinary beauty of the shorebreak when his wife asked him for a picture of the ocean to decorate a bedroom wall. With the confidence of an experienced surfer, Clark jumped in the ocean, and started snapping away, recording the beauty and power of Hawaiian waves. “Clark’s view” is a unique and often dangerous perspective of waves from the inside out, captured in photos for all to enjoy from the safety of dry land.
Sandra Jones Campbell
On display in enoSTEAK
Sandra describes her paintings as composites of social sightings portraying evocative associations from a voyeuristic perspective, often at moments of personal apprehensions or sociological attitudes. Her visual narratives achieve effects that are simultaneously playful and sophisticated.
Sandra’s depiction of social and political scenes reflect both her professional respect for the 30′s style German Expressionists Max Beckman, George Grosz and Otto Dix, and her uniquely gentle wit. Multiple figures populate lively acrylics on paper or canvas images that blend Sandra’s optimism and candor, along with her keen visual skill: balancing color, form composition, humor and subject matter. Sandra’s provocative paintings have been shown in over 50 one and two person exhibits, and at museum shows in California, Oregon, Massachusetts and Arizona. Paintings by Sandra Campbell Jones are included in permanent collections both nationally and around the world. She is a regular exhibitor at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach.
A self-taught artist, Derek McDonald was born in Orange County, California where he began to explore his artistic side at a very young age. He owns a collection of “napkin drawings” his mother saved for him, as he would draw for hours on coffee shop napkins when his family dined out. He also got plenty of drawing practice during school hours when his teacher was busy teaching. Derek was curious about all things mechanical. He would take apart anything he could get his hands on, even if it was in good working condition (a tradition that he still honors today). In his freshman year of high school, 1982, Derek took metal shop. It was then that he was exposed to a whole new world which included welding; his artistic focus was found, and metal became his passion. As a young man, Derek’s family was far from rich, so to make art, he turned to the open road (mostly the side of the road) collecting pieces of metal and other nonsense. He grew fascinated with the challenge of what could be made from his collection of junk. Nowadays, he has become a regular at a few scrap yards and visits weekly for new finds. That might be why his friends and family refer to him as “Sanford." And even though Derek’s work is mostly recycled, he is perfectly capable of creating with new material too. He started making small primitive sculptures for his family and friends in 1985. That evolved, and in 1989 he began selling his art locally. In 1995 his long time love of water and metal sculpture led him to combining the two into a beautiful fountain that quickly rusted. At that point, he realized the only option was to learn to work with other media such as granite, marble and concrete. To date Derek has made more than a dozen fountains, from small tabletop versions to freestanding 7’ high water walls. Pacific Artworks was formed in 1997 when Derek decided to dedicate more time to art and sculpture. Eventually with that decision came the overwhelming task of building a 900 square foot studio behind his house. After years of personal dedication and labor, not to mention supporting his wife, three kids, a dog and a day job (Derek has been a land surveyor since 1988), the studio was designed and completed within the span of five years (2003 – 2008). Every artist needs his creative space, and Derek finally has his.