For the first time in eight years, the Sullivan Goss Gallery celebrates a solo exhibition for the nationally-renowned painter, John Nava. Marking the debut of a body of work that began in 2011, this exhibition displays one of Nava’s masterworks: a monumental 27-foot long tapestry depicting contemporary beach life at Surfer’s Point in Ventura. Using Georges Seurat’s iconic “A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte,” as a point of inspiration, Nava’s “The Big Platter” continues the artist’s dialogue with historical moments of artistic revelation.
From November 2 until December 31, the exhibition features a series of preparatory works created by the artist over the past six years—during his rare free time between large-scale commission work on projects all over the United States. These are beautiful and delicately painted works, but their importance grows with their relationship to his highly ambitious and heroically scaled tapestry. These paintings represent some of the finest examples of the artist’s life-long experimentation with historical techniques to create contemporary works of art.
Before becoming a renowned painter, Nava studied art at UC Santa Barbara under Howard Warshaw and did his graduate work in Florence, Italy. His work is found in numerous private, corporate and public collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan including the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) of Hawaii, the Triton Museum in San Jose, California, the Museum of Ventura County and the Figge Museum, Davenport, IA. To top it off, a large monograph on the artist and his creation of the Communion of the Saints tapestries for Our Lady of the Angels cathedral in downtown Los Angeles will be published in December of this year.
Join Nava at the Sullivan Goss Gallery (1 E. Anapamu St.) on November 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. as the gallery celebrates the opening of this inspirational exhibition.