The resort is proud to present a collection of artwork throughout the property featuring numerous amazing artists.
"The World of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec"
On display on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level until September 30, 2015
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel provides a unique and rare opportunity for guests staying on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level to experience an exhibit featuring the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The World of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, on loan from Galerie Moderne, will be on display in The Club Lounge April 2 through September 30, 2015. Toulouse-Lautrec is among the best-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, a group which includes Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin. His works are portrayals of aristocratic society – Parisian high life. An illustrator, he became famous for his depictions of Moulin Rouge, Operas and Cabarets, and his works appeared in the famous magazine, “The Chap Book.” Throughout his career, which spanned less than 20 years, he created 737 canvases, 275 water colors, 363 prints and posters, 5,084 drawings, and some ceramic and stained glass work. In a 2005 auction at Christie's auction house, a new record was set when La blanchisseuse, an early painting of a young laundress, sold for $22.4 million.
“Festival of Arts Exhibit”
On display at in the art hallway of the resort until September 30, 2015
As the official hotel partner of Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is showcasing original works from 25 Festival of Arts artists. The exhibit will be on display in the Art Exhibit Space from May 8 through September 30, 2015.
Artists on display include:
Christopher Wayne Allwine, Paul Bond, Greg Boratyn, William Brion, Sean Hunter Brown, Susan Cox, Pilar Cristi, Gar Crosper, Cunningham/Haight Duets, Michael Duggan, Dennis Dunton, Rob Gage, Brian Giberson, Michael Harnish, Hannah Harris, Susan Hoehn, Sharon Jackman, David Milton, Gary Monji, Sherry Salito Forsen, Marie Tippets, Wai-Sin Tong-Darbonne, Belle Tuckerman, Bruce Vanderwilt, and Barbara White
The Festival of Arts is California’s premiere fine art show. The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists. Established in 1932, Festival of Arts promotes, produces and sponsors events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts.
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.