ART EXHIBIT SPACE
The resort presents a curated exhibition of marine life art by renowned artist Wyland. The exhibit, titled “Hope for the Ocean,” recognizes his foundation’s new partnership with the United Nations Environment Program in support of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
On display from September 1 through January 4, 2018, the exhibit is open to the public and includes 25 original oil paintings, Chinese sumi brush paintings, giclees on canvas, aluminum, watercolors, a bronze sculpture, and a mixed media coffee table.
Laguna Beach-based marine life artist Wyland has built an international reputation for his commitment to marine life conservation, most notably through his monumental marine life murals, the Whaling Walls. Spanning thousands of square feet, these massive works of art expose more than one billion people each year to the thrilling diversity and beauty of life that exists below the surface of our ocean planet. This multi-faceted artist works in multiple mediums, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, Japanese ink paintings, bronze sculptures, fine art photography, and mixed media. He is considered one of the most successful working artists today, with galleries throughout the United States, and more than half a million collectors around the world. Each of his works speaks to our beautiful but fragile marine ecosystem. Dedicated to saving our water resources through art and education, his non-profit Wyland Foundation is actively engaged in alerting millions of students around the world to become caring, informed stewards of our ocean, rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands through classroom education, community events, and public art projects.
“The ocean has been a source for awe and wonder since time began; but we’ve come to a crossroads where what we do now can make all the difference for the next ten thousand years,” said Wyland. “I’ve always seen incredible beauty in the sea. I suppose that’s why I feel such a responsibility to ensure the health of this precious resource,” he added.
THE RITZ-CARLTON CLUB LOUNGE EXHIBIT
Exclusive Art Exhibit on Loan from Dawson Cole Fine Art
Picasso: Themes & Variations
Guests on The Club Level can enjoy a unique and rare opportunity to experience an exhibit featuring the works of Pablo Picasso. Picasso: Themes & Variations is comprised of a body of work that follows Picasso’s constantly evolving artistic vision with depictions of his numerous styles through the modern era. From his early compositions of circus performers in his Blue and Rose periods to the discovery of Cubism, the collection will portray the master’s constant state of metamorphosis. It consists of several different mediums which Picasso explored throughout his career including exclusive pieces in pochoir which were created by hand coloring stencils with watercolor and gauche paint.
THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA ART DISPLAY
On Loan from Dawson Cole Fine Art
“Male Allonge” Third Life and “Female Allonge” Third Life by Artist Richard MacDonald Both timeless and futuristic, Allonge Male and Female are Richard MacDonald’s exquisite homage to classical ballet. Working at the Royal Opera House in London’s Convent Garden, Richard immersed himself in the world of The Royal Ballet. There he found inspiration in the world’s most celebrated dancers. The graceful figures were created in the artist’s studio in London. Poised en pointe in an elegant sous-sus fifth position - a ballet posture that looks deceptively simple, Allonge Female and Male symbolize a young dancer’s aspiration for beauty, elegance, and perfection. Meaning to “elongate” or “reach” the poses embody the progression from talented student to accomplished professional.
MacDonald is considered by many to be the world’s preeminent living figurative sculptor. A leading advocate of the neo-figurative movement in the arts, his work has been featured in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions and is represented in important collections worldwide. His art is collected by people from all walks of life – from aspiring aficionados to celebrities and heads of state.
Committed to inspiring future generations of artists, MacDonald is involved with numerous philanthropic pursuits and the development of the arts through mentoring programs and art education in schools and universities. A member of major international social and art associations, MacDonald has received countless awards, honors, and professorships, including recognition by the United States Olympic Committee. He has the privilege of working with some of the greatest dancers and performers in the world, including those from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet, and Cirque du Soleil.
MacDonald believes that beauty connects people and lifts their spirits to a higher level. He has dedicated his career to creating passionate works of art that dramatically enrich the lives of others.
ON DISPLAY OUTSIDE BAR RAYA
“Paddle Hard Number 4” By Artist Derek McDonald Paddle Hard No. 4 is the next life-size surfboard in a series built from recycled metal and other found objects. It was given an industrial feel with polished refinement. The design of this board is very different from my usual art style. Typically, Derek tries to hide the welds so the piece conveys an unforced organic feel; contrary, this sculpture openly displays every single weld becoming part of the rhythmic beauty of the board. The rough and rugged product was then covered in a high quality automotive clear coat, giving it that “wet” look. The end result allows the board to have a deep and translucent appearance that creates a mesmerizing draw. The unseen structure was built from recycled scrap metal made into the close dimensions of a “California Gun” surfboard. It was then covered with more than 520 hand cut pieces of recycled sheet metal that were given a chemical and torch patina before they were secured to the board. Each piece was arranged in a definitive non-symmetrical fashion as to not have any detectable pattern. Just like chess; most of the layout required 10 to 15 steps ahead before figuring out which piece was to be secured first. Each piece was then “tack” welded into place. The board is almost entirely made from recycled materials. Even the base is a thick piece of abused scrap metal that was cut into shape to form the anchor for the sculpture.
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.
As he looks to the future, Derek says, “My mind is always moving faster than my hands, so it seems as though I’m constantly a few projects behind. Trying to catch up has been the very thing that keeps me motivated and neurotic at the same time. I’m genuinely inspired by other artists, and their accomplishments push me to perfection…I’ll let you know when I get close.”
Works by Wyland
“Sea Turtle Realm” mixed media balsa wood surfboard
“Friendly Dolphin,” “Ocean Travelers” and “Companions of the Sea” bronze sculptures
“Great Whale Sunset” and “Green Flash” aluminum
Internationally renowned marine life artist Wyland is one of the most celebrate and recognized artists of our time. For more than four decades, he has captivated the world with his spectacular paintings, sculptures, photography and landmark Whaling Wall murals. With half a million collectors around the world, award-winning art galleries, and the ongoing efforts of his non-profit foundation in support of global water and ocean conservation, Wyland has done more than any other artist to raise awareness of the beauty of life on our blue planet. Artworks by Wyland are available for sale at the Wyland Gallery in Laguna Beach and guests can learn more at www.WylandFoundation.org.
enoSTEAK ART EXHIBIT
Artist Sandra Jones Campbell
On display in enoSTEAK, Sandra Jones Campbell’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 the artist’s keen visual skill: balancing color, form composition, humor and subject matter.
Sandra describes her paintings as composites of social sightings portraying evocative associations from a voyeuristic perspective, often at moments of personal social apprehensions or sociological attitudes. Her visual narratives achieve effects that are simultaneously playful and sophisticated.