Lora Schlesinger Gallery is proud to present Some Things Never Change, Delfin Finley’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition opens with an artist’s reception, Saturday, July 22, from 5 – 7 pm and is on view through August 26, 2017.
Delfin Finley is a figurative painter passionate about creating a body of work that reflects the racism that permeates our society. The title of the exhibition Some Things Never Change, references the events that people of color have encountered, both in the past, and in present day. His portraits reverently depict individuals, with the acknowledgment that they are often the targets of violence in a society that shows extreme bias against them. Despite their individual experiences, they are linked by instances in their lives in which they felt they were not in control of their present or their future. In the painting It’s Only A Matter of Time, a portrait of the artist’s father, the subject represents all men of color. Pensively holding a shovel in his hand, the figure alludes to the danger that black men face on a daily basis. The shovel can be used to prepare a grave, or can be raised in defiance; a decision that exists subconsciously with every action and subtle movement that people of color make. Delfin’s masterful depiction and the veneration of his subjects hopes to capture the beauty within them, and to inspire a hope for change so that the strengths and talents of people of color can have the freedom to flourish and grow.
Delfin Finley was born in Los Angeles, California. He is actively pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has exhibited in numerous exhibitions nationally including exhibitions in Colorado, Oregon and Iowa. In 2016 he was published on the cover of Studio Visit Magazine, and included in the City of Los Angeles African American Heritage Month Calendar & Cultural Guide.
Exhibition Dates: July 22 – August 26, 2017
Opening Reception: July 22, 5 – 7 pm