There are many things to say about the George D. Sturges Residence, and over the past few months—speaking with collectors, design lovers, and the media as we prepare for our February 21st sale—I’ve said a lot. But here I want to describe perhaps the most important aspect of the Sturges Residence: its atmosphere; the ambiance—what it is that gives the house its special sense of place. The feeling of being inside the Sturges Residence is a little hard to convey. It’s warm; it’s embracing. Inside the dark, wood-paneled rooms with logs crackling in the big brick fireplace, you experience a sense of serenity and security. You feel instantly at home.
James Gill emerged as a phenomenon in the Los Angeles art scene of the early 1960s, where he drew a following from members of the Hollywood community as well as the attention of established patrons of the East Coast art world. The use of bright colors and serial imagery drawn often from celebrity culture and the news media prompted many to define Gill as a Pop artist, yet his blurred painterly technique also won him comparisons to Francis Bacon. In 1972, still at the height of fame, Gill retreated from the public eye, eventually returning to his native town of San Angelo, Texas.
First time to market — a selection of rare works by David Hockney, who has been described as the most popular and versatile British artist of the 20th century, producing works in media as diverse as painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography. Hockney stuck resolutely to figurative painting and drawing at a time when abstraction dominated the art world. His portraits are considered by many to be his finest work: grandly scaled, yet intimate. LAMA is pleased to offer twenty-one paintings, drawings, and prints by Hockney in its February 21, 2016 auction of Fine Art & Design.
In the course of his career, portrait artist Don Bachardy has sketched and painted the likenesses of hundreds of celebrated and respected actors, artists, writers, poets, musicians, and dancers. His work can be found in numerous public collections, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institute, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the de Young Museum of Art in San Francisco. A good friend to Jack Larson and James Bridges, Bachardy painted and sketched personal portraits of the couple, which will be sold on February 21 to benefit the Bridges/Larson Foundation.
The actor and playwright Jack Larson and film director and writer James Bridges were gentlemen of the old school–talented, creative, cultured, thoughtful, generous, and supportive of each other and of their friends. They found each other and made a life together in a different Hollywood era. Together they supported budding artists in the Los Angeles art scene from the early 1960s through the 1980s. On February 21, 2016, LAMA will offer a selection of fine art and design from their personal collection, in addition to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Sturges Residence (1939), all of which will be sold to benefit the Bridges/Larson Foundation.