Main Gallery July 6 through August 24, 2018

Jimmy Peña: #OneHundredPortraitsinOneYear

Opening July 6, 5:30 to 9 pm. Artist Talk at 6:30 pm

#OneHundredPortraitsinOneYear is a project by Jimmy Peña. The artist began painting portraits of friends in May of 2017, setting out to complete each portrait within a 1-hour period. This fascinating exhibition, which includes portraits of celebrity art collector Cheech Marin and his wife, shows the progression and evolution of Peña’s painting practice over the course of the year.

Peña, an exceptionally skilled, self-taught artist, has been a fixture in the Corpus Christi art scene for decades. Peña has exhibited his work throughout the United States and painted public murals in Junction City, Kansas, Gunnsburg, Germany, and several in Corpus Christi.  In 2009, he was featured in Texas Draws, a group exhibition at the Southwest School of Art & Craft in San Antonio, Texas.  Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Red Bud Gallery, Houston, TX, Weil Gallery at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Pena’s artwork is featured in the book Triumph of Our Communities: Four Decades of Mexican American Art published by Bilingual Review Press (now available at K Space Contemporary).  He lives in Corpus Christi, Texas with his wife Linda and has maintained a studio at K Space Art Studios since 1998.

In the Gift Shop through July 27

Gerald Lopez, Artist, Painted Vintage Photos, K Space Contemporary

Gerald Lopez

Guilty Pleasures: Gerald Lopez

Acrylic paintings and collages on antique photographs by Gerald Lopez in the Gift Shop. Opens for the June 1st, First Friday Artwalk, 5:30-9pm. Runs through July 27th.

Join us for ArtWalk Friday July 6th from 5:30 – 9pm.

In the Gift Shop August 3 – 31, 2018

Andy Villarreal, painting, K Space Contemporary

Andy Villarreal: Indigenous Warriors and Rituals of Mesoamerica

Andy’s background as a Texan and a Hispanic male help form his aesthetics. For the past twenty years the Mexican culture has been a major source of inspiration to him. The pride in Andy’s culture stimulates him with intense energy and enthusiasm to create his art. The Heartbeat of the culture is the root of what Villarreal’s work is about.

“I try to embrace and celebrate the richness of the culture and its achievements as well as the sadness of its demise. Indigenous people and deities from Yucatan interact in varying times and places in my art.”

Warriors, pyramids, jaguars, serpents, and slaves can be found performing various Mesoamerican rituals. Other important symbols and motifs from ancient civilization can also be found. Ongoing themes such as history, mythology, religion, as well as architectural elements can be found in Andy’s abstract art. Andy’s work crosses cultures and portrays the Human conditions, social order, harmony, and struggles in the celebration of life. Figures can be found in real and contrived scenes to help narrate these concepts. The viewer is invited to experience and interpret these events and draw their own conclusions.