PALM SPRINGS, CA (April 18, 2016) – Ted Casablanca Gallery will offer a combined exhibition featuring new works from renegade artists Tod Bailey and Casey Sheppard at the Ted Casablanca Gallery in Palm Springs. Bailey is a vibrant, contemporary painter from Houston, Texas, and Sheppard is a notoriously independent sculptor-jeweler. Each artist combines their outspoken talents for a sensationally named exhibition entitled “Happiness is Freedom…and a Nice Penis” that runs at the gallery from May 14 – June 6, 2016.
“I thought these two thought-provoking artists would compliment each other,” said Bruce Bibby, Ted Casablanca Gallery curator. “I’ve been wanting to show Tod’s evocative and compelling works for a while. They will mesh very well with Casey’s luscious metalwork. I’m thrilled that these two outstanding artists will be on view at the gallery.
Large, messy and highly expressionistic, Tod Bailey's oil-based works are concurrently sensual and chaotic. His bold, impressionistic paintings delve deeply into his life and experience. Emotional turbulence, such as pain, anger, fear and desire are reconfigured on canvas as vibrant and enigmatic forms. Bailey has said that his work depicts feelings as directly and bluntly as possible. Translating his personal pain on to a canvas allows the artist to no longer hold these emotions inside. His works are often filled with subtle (and not so subtle) sexual energies.
Casey Sheppard is a self-taught artist, jewelry designer, sculptor and metalsmith. Hailing from Los Angeles, she creates her art out of her converted 38-foot van that serves as a live/work space. Sheppard's sculptural jewelry, often made of luscious-yet-stark fabrics and steels, are reflective of Sheppard's own nomadic journeys traveling around the country.
"Happiness is Freedom…and a Nice Penis" runs at Ted Casablanca Gallery from May 14th to June 6th. The gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment. Ted Casablanca Gallery is located at 388 N Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. For more information, visit the gallery’s website at tedcasablanca.com.