WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC is pleased to present FULL CIRCLE, an exhibition of paintings by James Juthstrom and Kwan Lau. Both New York artists dedicated themselves to the creation of art through intensive solitary effort seen as a spiritual pursuit. The resulting aesthetic is introspective yet universal, using personal interpretations of the elemental shape of the circle and primary colors.
James Juthstrom (1925-2007) lived and worked in a SoHo loft for 50 years. In the early 1960's, Juthstrom moved towards an intricate abstract expressionist style to create enigmatic patterns of small circles on canvas and paper. His paintings reflect his fascination with the cosmos, mathematical formulas and biology, interspersed with personal anguish in his passion for art. This fascination led him to take another step, namely to create his own elliptical stretchers, which he continued doing through the 1970s. The series of elliptical paintings reflects the creativity of an artist who was working in a period when the square canvas became a constrictive shape.
WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC exclusively represents the artwork from the Estate of James Juthstrom (1925 – 2007)
Artist and Feng Shui Master Kwan Lau uses natural pigments and acrylics in a meticulous process lasting up to 16 hours a day, with thousands of brushstrokes layered heavily on canvas to create form from color. The artist incorporates a meditative consciousness to represent the sacred mandala (Sanskrit for ‘circle’) with deep symbolic meanings in both Buddhism and modern philosophical thought.