THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL

One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629 USA
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The resort is proud to present a collection of artwork throughout the property featuring numerous amazing artists.

“Papier Coupes”
Exclusive Matisse Exhibit
On display Exclusively on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level through February 10, 2014
Twelve original stone lithographs are featured and are the only Matisse Cut-Outs on display in the U.S. The other venue for viewing any of the Cut-Outs is the Tate Modern in London which is featuring the largest retrospective ever assembled through September 2014.

The genius of Matisse’s work is captured in twelve iconic compositions from his momentous cut-outs series. Matisse would fondly describe his newfound medium of collage as “painting with scissors;” this was the primary form of expression in the latter part of his career. In the early 1950’s, Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse worked out of the Mourlot Studios in Paris, to recreate this celebrated edition in a series of traditional hand-pulled stone-lithographs, which capture the vibrant collection of his larger than life paper cut-outs. The artist was a master of multiple disciplines including painting, drawing, collage, original printmaking and sculpture. As Michel Anthonioz, director of the Musee d'Orsay, writes, the Cut-Outs allowed Matisse to "bridge the gap between his paintings and drawings, between color and line." Although the technique of cutting out pieces of paper and gluing them together might sound elementary, the results can be breathtaking. Some works in this collection are beautifully simple, such as Décoration Masques, which graphically combines a colorful palette of floral shapes and contour drawing. Each piece, however, exudes a sensation of sheer joy, the vibrant colors and playful designs leaping off every composition.

Artist, Author and Filmmaker Paul Davids
From February 8 through April 30, 2014, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel will showcase artist Paul Davids’ Collaborations Portfolio, a unique collection of 13 mixed media pieces with tributes to Vincent van Gogh and Andy Warhol.

The original artworks were created in Santa Fe by Davids with collaborating artist Russell Metzger. The works are three-dimensional oil paintings on canvas and alder wood. They incorporate twisted fabrics, polished stone, dyes and epoxy resins. Davids and Metzger turned the fabrics and other materials into dramatic skyscrapers, gigantic waves, cliffs, mountains, coves, clouds, and even towering flowers. Selections from the Collaborations Portfolio include Chicago Moon, Twisted Cloth Canyon, 65 Million Years Ago, Meditation, The Spirit of Vincent (pictured to the left), Andy’s Collection, the Fab Four, Windowsill Flowers, White Collar Peak, Zipper Falls, Jean’s Cove, California Dreamin’ and Northern Ice. View a preview of the exhibit.

Paul Davids is a prolific artist whose paintings have been displayed in many galleries. A native of Bethesda, Maryland, he is the son of a famous Georgetown University professor of American History, Dr. Jules Davids, who worked extensively with John F. Kennedy on the writing of PROFILES IN COURAGE. Davids is a graduate of Princeton University where he majored in psychology and won numerous awards in writing. He also attended the AFI Center for Advanced Film Studies and has written and directed eight full-length films, many produced with his wife, Hollace Davids. Paul’s collaborator, Russell Metzger, has a background in abstract art and music.

Derek McDonald
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. Derek was curious about all things mechanical. In his freshman year of high school, 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 collecting pieces of metal and other nonsense. He grew fascinated with the challenge of what could be made from his collection of junk. He started making small primitive sculptures or his family and friends in 1985. That evolved, and in 1989 he began selling his art locally which has brought him to create a one-of-a-kind life-sized sculpture, Paddle Hard, exclusively for The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

Eric Gerdau
Eric Gerdau’s abstract drawings, mixed media, and oil paintings explore the psychological dimensions of situated experiences in real world contexts. Through drawing and painting, he records a “place,” a cognitive map reflecting somewhere between his direct experience and his consciousness of that experience. Gerdau’s works take on various forms and use different media, but they constitute a unified vision. In his oil paintings, Eric celebrates our natural, exterior world while illuminating our interior, emotional states. His mixed media works and drawings investigate how we record, construct, and share visual experiences. Eric Gerdau states, “My drawings and paintings are souvenirs of the process that entice the viewer to embark on their own journey.” View Eric Gerdau's website.

“Water N Waves”
Photographer Russ Sanders
On display throughout the resort

Born and raised a "water-baby" in southern California, Russ grew up in the Southern California surf with a love for the ocean and respect for its power. Years of competitive swimming and water polo has helped him to better interact with the shore-break as it can be a physically demanding place to work in. Having the ability to hold his breath a long while after having it knocked out of him by a large wave has its advantages. He started his photography in the medical field, documenting the human body. This lead him to a career in medicine, but the love for photography and capturing life's moments has always been his true passion. Now, he wants to share his shore-break moments for all to see. View Russ Sanders’ website.

“Waves”
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.

“The Great Masters”
On display every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Original artworks works from the great masters are on display in the resort’s main lobby promenade. Pieces are provided by Salon de Art or Art Group LTD and art advisors are on hand to explain and enlighten guests on the pieces.