Paintings of a Mid-Century Modern Los Angeles by Danny Heller

Paintings of a Mid-Century Modern Los Angeles

Danny Heller’s “City Modernism II” opens tonight at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles. The show focuses on his newest body of work which consists of paintings capturing Mid-century Architecture and Design in the Los Angeles area.

Paintings of a Mid-Century Modern Los Angeles

Paintings of a Mid-Century Modern Los Angeles
above: Eames Chair Lobby, oil on canvas, 22×30,” 2015, $3,600

Running from April 11 through May 16th, this series is a follow-up to his previous show, City Modernism, further exploring the architectural vocabulary that helped shape Downtown LA for the Modern Era.

Downtown Lincoln, by Danny Heller
Downtown Lincoln, oil on canvas, 24×32,” 2015, $4,000
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Downtown Health Services Building, oil on canvas, 20×27,” 2015, $3,300

These works pay careful attention to the sleek geometric exteriors and stark, minimal interiors capturing the characteristics of mid-century modern design that can still be found in the rapidly changing and expanding metropolis.

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Elevator Hallway, oil on canvas, 30×40,” 2014, $5,000
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Transamerica Building, oil on canvas, 30×40,” 2015, $5,000

Danny describes these latest paintings as “Colored by hauntingly dark shadows and seemly abandoned streets, these paintings also give a nod to the area’s noir history and allude to the deeper conflict that belies their beauty: in a city that values constant change, how do these icons of the past survive the city’s constant desire for “Modernization?”

One Wilshire, oil on canvas, danny heller
One Wilshire, oil on canvas, 20×27,” 2015, $3,300

above:One Wilshire, oil on canvas, 20×27,” 2015, $3,300

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Downtown Grand Prix, oil on canvas, 24×32″ 2015, $4,000
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Auditorium Lobby, oil on canvas, 30×40,” 2015, $5,000
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Parker Center, oil on canvas, 20×27,” 2014, $3,300
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Parker Center Afternoon, oil on canvas, 14×18,” 2015, $1,950
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DWP In Haze, oil on canvas, 14×18,” 2015, $1,950

Shown at top: DWP Fountains At Sunset , oil on canvas, 24×36,” 2014, $4,200

As is always the case, the works of  Danny Heller  are far more evocative and pleasing in person. If you live in the area, try to get out to the show.

George Billis Gallery LA
Address: 2716 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
In conjunction with this exhibit, you can join the artist on April 25th for an exclusive tour of the locations featured in his paintings. You will walk through some of Downtown LA’s prominent mid-century Modern architecture and design work from 2-4pm.

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