The paintings of John S. Reynolds will be included in a group exhibition at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery in Santa Monica. “I heART LA” is presented by Cannibal Flower and the Jeanie Madsen Gallery, the artist reception is this Friday from 7:00pm-10:00pm.
Reynolds started painting when he was just five years old. He was always attracted to the arts…in addition to being a painter Reynolds is also a successful musician. Born in Palo Alto and raised in Pasadena and Laguna Beach, California, like many Los Angeles natives, one of his earliest jobs was working at Disneyland. He began his musical career, playing banjo at the popular amusement park, and was busy painting the rest of the time. He went on to become the music director of the Academy Award nominated documentary “Frank and Ollie,” which told the story of two Walt Disney animators.
Although music has been a constant for Reynolds, the art was always calling to him. As a young artist, his family applauded his talent. He recalls, “As a child, both of my sets of grandparents encouraged my involvement in the arts, regularly taking me to the Huntington Library to view their collection. Also, my mom told me that I was related to Sir Joshua Reynolds, who is famous for Blue Boy and Pinkie. Of course I believed her and then had the confidence to pursue oil panting as I had undoubtedly inherited my talent from my “famous Uncle.”
He in turn has introduced the importance of art to his children via their museum visits. “The best part of a museum outing is sharing my love of art with my kids,” reveals Reynolds. “I have a 25 year old son (also an artist), a 13 year old daughter and an 11 year old son all of whom have spent countless hours exploring the halls and rooms and layers of the Huntington Library, LACMA, and the Norman Simon Museum. I am very blessed to share my love of art and even some of my talent with all three of my children.”
The artist often paints every day, sometimes for as much as 6-8 hours at a time…yet other times, with his busy life, he can only spare 30 minutes for his art.
He talks about his process…”I usually paint with oil paint. When my wife was pregnant, we lived in a small apartment and she couldn’t take the smell of the oil paint so I dabbled with acrylic for a short while. I also do watercolor paintings as well as colored pencil and oil pastels with a sealer.”
Reynolds is looking forward to participating “I heART LA” which features the work of Los Angeles artists.
For more info about John Reynolds, see his websitehttp://www.johnsreynolds.com/
The artist reception will be held this Friday from 7-10pm at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery, located at 1431 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. RSVP to Jeanie@jeaniemadsengallery.com
The show runs through July 9. 310-393-7436; http://www.jeaniemadsengallery.com/