showcasing the work of two local artists, Mike Quon and Colin Goodall
WHEN: November 10 to January 31. A wine and cheese reception with the artists will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 17.
WHERE: Gallery on Grant, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park. For more information, contact Jess Levy at email@example.com.
Born into the world of art and design, Mike Quon learned the ropes early on from his father, Milton Quon, an animation director at Walt Disney Studios who worked on classics such as “Fantasia” and “Dumbo.” Mike Quon studied art and design at UCLA, where his teachers included abstract expressionist painter Richard Diebenkorn and pop artist Ed Ruscha. He moved to New York City in the ‘70s to work as an art director before launching an award-winning design firm in SOHO. His bold and bright promotional illustrations for advertising and editorial campaigns, graphic design and packaging have been seen around the world, helping promote events such as the Summer Olympics, World Cup Soccer and tourism campaigns for New York City and Tokyo.
“In my work, I seek to reinterpret familiar images through vibrant color, bold lines and mixed media,” said Quon. “My artistic exploration takes me places that often surprise me. I hope that the pieces I’ve produced take you on that journey too, to find joy and wonder in the possibility of art as a happy destination.”
The Fair Haven resident’s colorful paintings have been exhibited
at the World Trade Center and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the
Pompidou Centre in Paris, and are in the permanent collections of the Library
of Congress. He is the author of two books – “Non-Traditional Design” and
wonderful sensation of bright colors and freeform expressionist paintings by
Quon are juxtaposed with geometrically precise abstractions by Goodall as their
works are displayed together.
The art gallery has been at the Grant Ave location for more than 50 years. It was incorporated into the new wing when the Axelrod Performing Arts Center was built 15 years ago. The Gallery on Grant is managed by a committee that is part of the Axelrod PAC, a nonprofit arts organization with funding provided by the NJ State Council on the Arts.
Arlene Mollow served as chair of the Art Committee for over two decades and is a well-known artist in the area. Other artists Axelrod Board Member
Photos courtesy of Mike Quon.