Ron Sandoval’s creative talents are inspired by his passion for paying attention to the small details and artful beauty of nature, little structures and odd mediums. His childhood dreams of floating fantasies like lilies in a fountain are recreated in his work as an artist, landscape and floral designer, where his imagination and depth of vision are suspended in his works.
His breakout was his LACMA installation in 1990, where his recycled use of rose stems as a crucifix, sphere and box, caught the attention of the LA art world and catapulted him onto the Hollywood scene where his pioneering work influenced the floral design industry internationally. Fleurish, his acclaimed Los Angeles design studio on Beverly Blvd, attracted regular clients such as Quincy Jones, Yves Saint Laurent and Judy Knapp.
My work concentrates on the mythology of process and the elements of nature. My installations’ emphasis is on the pockets of natural curiosities and the beauty of their materials. One can reflect, meditate and interact with the importance of recycling. Through this woven balance of mystery and ever changing nature, we can hear the message of “conserving the life of our earth.”
Nathan Richard Phelps is a contemporary artist living and working in San Francisco. Born in 1976 outside Redding California and son of a Baptist pastor, he began making art in his early 20’s while living in a VW bus and taking wilderness survival classes. His art making process began with patterns in sketch books, then paintings and eventually room sized installations he calls Wall Drawings. His work has been featured at the Pasadena Art Museum and and the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown San Diego. Phelps has exhibited extensively on the West Coast, most notably with Robert Berman at his Bergamot Station gallery in Santa Monica. In 2005 Phelps lived in Amsterdam Holland where he exhibited with Maartin deVlieger at the 3rd gallery on Prinsengracht. In 2016 Phelps is scheduled to show work in New York, Amsterdam, and Melbourne.
To see more of his work and to contact the artist: Nathan Richard Phelps website.
“One of the things I love about drawing is it’s raw. Behind most paintings is a drawing, a sketch, some underlying structure that holds the work together. Drawing is very close to the birthplace of creativity. It’s a fundamental beginning to all of the visual arts but I like viewing it as an end in itself. My art could have been made in ancient times with the same tools I have now, but because I’m here, what comes out is specific to this time now.
The work is spontaneous and intuitive which gives me an insight into aspects of my mind I can only get access to by doing it. I look at these drawings as an exploration of consciousness. I find if I draw work that is seductive, my desire to engage it intensifies. When I come up against the limitations of the work, that becomes the edge of my perception, and I want to go further. I use everything I have in my toolbox to go as deeply as I can. I’m hoping to illuminate the dark places of my mind and the finished drawing is an artifact of the process” —Phelps 2016
I felt throughout life that it was difficult to find a complete way, a way that made me a complete human as simply and fully as a wild squirrel is a complete squirrel. I no doubt had incredible adventures, incredible loves, even enlightenment. I got to experience all levels of society, so many different philosophies, religions, formats, roles, places, challenges, rewards and so on, but it wasn't enough.
Since I was a kid, I'd had a built-in sense of what I was supposed to be. Like an acorn has the oak tree in it I had some type of blueprint for a fully articulated human.
This sense was echoed in fairytales, comics, books, movies and life but nothing was strong or clear enough to be called home.
In the 1990s, I came up with the idea that I should create my own identity and system. I used the words navigator and navigation to describe what I was doing because my focus was on how to navigate life. I combined whatever I already had that was working and did research to fill in the blanks.