James Verbicky, ‘Bhavanga 1’, 2016, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
James Verbicky, ‘Bhavanga 1’, 2016, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery

In 2010, Canadian born, now California resident, James Verbicky debuted the media paintings series, three dimensional surfaces that transcend traditional painting and venture into the realm of sculpture by utilizing media and graphics, advertisements, and obsolete branding materials - often taken from vintage magazines. Using acrylic paint, panel and resin (with some works employing LEDs), his abstraction attempts to capture both forgotten and persisting icons of media, reminding the viewer that we constantly are being influenced by media - over decades of its attempts to persuade, manipulate, and coerce through subtle and suggestive imagery. Pristine attention to every detail of construction, bold color combinations and the complexity of his white on white surfaces are presented as elegantly smooth compositions that gleam under natural light.

Recently, Verbicky has extended his concepts onto the eternal medium of canvas and paint. The ERA new large scale paintings (96”x108”) are held in the collections of the developer of the NY World Trade Center and CEO of Aecom, the Tisch family (founders of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and the Tisch Galleries at the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art), and the San Diego Museum of Fine Art, CA. In 2008, Verbicky’s artwork was selected for a 110 year-old juried exhibition at the Louvre, in Paris, France, with the Societie Nationale des Beaux-Arts. International exhibitions range from Berlin, New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Diego, and his art has been auctioned by Sotheby’s & Christie’s.

The three-dimensional sculptural paintings which deviate from his established expressionistic past and explore a more conceptual, yet still abstract, style. This latest collection, dubbed ‘the media paintings’ are pioneered by the “Citta Samtana” series (Sanskrit words which translate loosely into “mental continuum” or mindstream). These works are constructed from antique and vintage paper and magazines from all over the world, and intend to communicate and capture cultural bombardment of media throughout the decades.

Verbicky’s work is exhibited widely in galleries around the U.S. and abroad. Other collectors include television personality Dr. Phil, Calvin Klein Supermodel Lara Stone, actors Cameron Mathison, Jon Cryer, Jane Kaczmarek, and the Frank Sinatra Estate in Northridge

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About James Verbicky

James Verbicky is renowned for what he calls “media paintings”, large sculptural assemblages of Baltic birch wood covered in vintage advertisements for popular brands and imagery from foreign magazines bought along the Seine in Paris. He arranges the layers of paper in a horizontal grid, paying homage to pioneering Modernists and Minimalists such as Piet Mondrian, Kenneth Noland, and Morris Louis. A resin topcoat renders the surface shiny and the paper transparent, so that the images on the backsides bleed through to the front, creating a sense of depth. Paying attention to what is behind each piece of paper “makes the collage more interesting and creates a certain mood,” he says. Verbicky’s collages, which can be “read” in any direction, evoke familiar scenes and subjects, from flowers in bloom, to a racetrack blurred in action, to stock tickers scrolling across a television screen.

Canadian, b. 1973