Category Archives: California

Laguna Art Museum Art Auction – Feb 7th

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Spurgeon Tower Rooftops • Joe Forkan 2013 Oil on Linen 48? x 28?

This painting from 2013 is included in the Laguna Art Museum’s upcoming Art Auction 2015, set for Feb. 7th. The week-long Art Auction 2015 preview exhibition is now on view to the public.


Another addition to the Grid Work series, I used a completed observational painting as a starting point. This one is studio view in Santa Ana.

More information about the piece and the series is here.







On View – The Tucson Museum of Art

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Spurgeon Shadow • Joe Forkan 2004, oil on panel, 51″ x 50″

My painting Spurgeon Shadow from the permanent collection at Tucson Museum of Art is currently included in Shadow Play, on view now until 06/15/2015.

Shadow Play is “an exhibition of paintings, photography, and works on paper that expresses the interplay between the material object and the immaterial qualities of light and shadow. Shadows serve as powerful visual devices that heighten the overall aesthetic effects in art and spark the imagination with their abstract qualities rooted in realism”.

New Exhibition Poster available from 2014 Lebowski Cycle Exhibition


A new exhibition poster from the 2014 Lebowski Cycle Exhibition is now available.

The poster commemorates the exhibition at College of the Canyons Art Gallery, in Santa Clarita, CA.

The exhibition is on view from Oct 28 – Dec 10, 2014. Info is here.

$28.00 including FREE Shipping and Handling within Continental US. • $10.00 additional shipping for orders outside continental U.S.

The poster is an 18″ X 25.25″ Digital Offset Print –  Limited Edition of 200 – Signed and Numbered by the Artist.

Limited Edition prints of all of the paintings from the Cycle are available, and the 2011 Exhibition poster featuring The Oath of the Horatii is also still available.

Orders can be placed here.

Grid Work: Little Corona II

Little Corona II

Little Corona II • Joe Forkan 2013 Oil on Linen 40″ x 40″

This is the second painting I completed based on an observational painting of Little Corona in Southern California. The second painting was an attempt to revisit my initial idea for this series, while changing some of the rules I had established for myself. I started this using the same initial grid and basic color shapes of the first, but intentionally varied the second layer, and broke the grid as the painting progressed. I was curious to see where those early changes would lead the rest of the painting. Each renegotiation of color took the structure of the painting further from the first one, even as I moved to reach a similar overall color dynamic.

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Little Corona I • Joe Forkan 2012 Oil on Linen 40″ x 40″