September 2, 2020
Charles Arnoldi has been a visual problem solver for nearly five decades. As a student at the Chouinard Art Institute in the 1960s, he absorbed the notion that painting’s time had passed and subsequently struggled to land on a painting technique that could encapsulate his creative vision. It was a post-wildfire Malibu fruit-foraging expedition that unexpectedly delivered his next material: sticks.
October 17, 2017
Los Angeles wasn’t always the art hub that it is today and if it weren’t for a clutch of tenacious artists working from the 1960s on, today’s art scene may never have come to fruition.
September 23, 2016
Throughout his forty-year career, legendary Los Angeles artist Charles Arnoldi (b. 1946) has been synonymous with the artistic scene of Venice Beach. Arnoldi’s distinctive work blurs the boundaries between sculpture and painting, containing echoes both of architecture and the natural world. LAMA is pleased to announce a a meticulously crafted 1985 painting by Arnoldi that goes to auction on October 9th. Imposing geometric order on irregular material, Billion 1 achieves a harmonious and symmetrical balance. The artist recently spoke with Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art to discuss his work.
April 26, 2016
A self-described “abstract surrealist,” the painter, collagist, and teacher Emerson Woelffer was in many ways the very ideal of a postwar American artist. His distinctive style of Abstract Expressionism was inflected by his many and varied interests and experiences. Certainly one of Woelffer’s most enduring legacies is the inspiration he gave his students. When Woelffer came to Los Angeles in the 1960s he became a mentor to an impressive roster of devoted students at the Chouinard Institute that included Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode, and Charles Arnoldi. His work was shaped, too, by his move to Southern California, which prompted a discernable shift to bolder, brighter colors in his paintings.
September 30, 2015
Charles Arnoldi is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker acclaimed for brightly colored compositions that straddle the margins of sculpture and painting; abstraction and representation. Both curiosity and experimentation are hallmarks of Arnoldi’s work–a theme that emerged in his groundbreaking “stick paintings” of the 1970s, made of found twigs and branches that Arnoldi shaped into constructions and affixed to panels.
Los Angeles Modern Auctions spoke with Charles Arnoldi in August 2015 about his career and his artistic philosophy. Five lots by the artist will be offered in our October 11 Modern Art & Design Auction.