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This is a selection from the current collection of Focus On The Masters artist documentation. Click on the picture or artist name to view the portrait, biography, media presentations and website of the artist.
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Khaled Al Awar, a 1970 emigrant from Lebanon, moved to Ojai in 1982 from Chicago with his wife, Sheryl. He established the Primavera Gallery which featured international and local artists, both individually and in group shows.
Richard AmendPainter/Set Designer Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 “Richard Amend believes in the transporting pleasure of beauty. His paintings and drawings embody the sublime ‘essence’ of Nature, abstracted and amplified,” writes art critic Jo Lauria. His work is...read more
Sergio AragonésMad Magazine Cartoonist Portrait © Donna Granata 1992 Sergio Aragonés considers himself just a regular guy with a great job, even though illustrating for Mad Magazine since 1962 has earned him numerous accolades, tremendous respect, and...read more
Dawn ArrowsmithPainter Portrait © Donna Granata 2010 Dawn Arrowsmith’s paintings are meditations in color. It has been said that each is a kind of minimalist luxury – pure, distilled, economical, but also rich, luscious, erotic. Her work is intuitive, greatly...read more
Don BachardyPainter Don Bachardy Self-Portrait Santa Monica-based portrait artist Don Bachardy studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Slade School of Art in London. Bachardy’s decades-long relationship with writer Christopher Isherwood inspired...read more
Neal BarrPhotographer Neal Barr, 1973 Susan Foristal Bill Blass dress You've seen his work in glossy magazines. Beautiful faces. Couturier fashion. Nameless models or super-celebrities. Since his studio opened in NYC 1962, Neal Barr’s back-story tells you that whoever...read more
Barry BerkusArchitect Portrait © Donna Granata 2005 Barry Berkus (1935 – 2012) Which came first, the architect or the collector? How does art influence architecture? Should a home be designed from the outside in, or the inside out? Barry Berkus was a Santa...read more
Emily BernsteinClarinetist Portrait © Donna Granata 2004 Emily Bernstein (1959 - 2005) At the time of her death, Emily Bernstein was the principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Opera. She also played first chair with the Pasadena Symphony under the direction of...read more
Daniel Black Conductor Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 Daniel was a student of Miguel del Aguila during the summers of 1997-1999. He is on the brink of a brilliant career. He is fluent in Russian and, in addition to beginning a doctorate program at Northwestern...read more
David BlackburnWoodworker Dragonfly box by David Blackburn In David Blackburn’s own words, “wood art is the tree that never dies.” David’s pathway to exquisite woodworking has not been a straight line. It began as child’s play and grew through a tour in Viet Nam,...read more
Pierre BoulezComposer/Conductor Portrait © Donna Granata 2003 (1925 - 2016) The French conductor and experimental composer Pierre Boulez was known for his carefully crafted, complex compositions, including Pli selon pli, a portrait of the poet Stephane Mallarme for...read more
Christine BrennanPainter Portrait © Donna Granata 1993 Often dreamlike and enigmatic, Christine Brennan’s work features a host of symbolic and allegorical references. Brennan’s images draw from the unconscious leading the viewer into richly-lit narratives that...read more