Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery presents Anders Aldrin: The Red Line with an opening reception on 1st Thursday, April 5 from 5–8 p.m.
Swedish born Anders Aldrin (1899-1970) moved to Los Angeles in 1923 with a passion for painting that had been suppressed for most of his life. An artist with limited financial means, Aldrin could only paint when he had spare time. Without a car in a famously unwalkable city, he would hop on the Red Car Line and paint the cityscapes, people, and bridges of the modern wonder that was Los Angeles. As the glamour of Old Hollywood gave way to the power plants and steam stacks of the imminent future, Aldrin succeeded in preserving a historic record of this shift in industrialization through his expressive and boldly colored paintings.
Clearly inspired by Matisse’s early Fauve paintings like “The Red Room (Harmony in Red),” even though we was never able to see such seminal works in person, Aldrin was 15 to 30 years late and 7,000 miles away from the birth of the French movement, Aldrin should be considered one of the truest Fauves. Like Matisse, Aldrin’s use of red is both prominent and crucial to his compositions. The Los Angeles art critic Arthur Millier noted that “to Aldrin the world is dominantly red and green, but how he makes these colors sing!”
The work will be on view through July 1 at Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, 7 E. Anapamu St. 805/730-1460, www.sullivangoss.com.