Gallery 169 is pleased to announce "LA Traffic," a solo exhibition of works by local Santa Monica Canyon artist Les Biller. Biller's latest series of paintings captures the colors and claustrophobia of the Los Angeles freeways, as well as the patterns that emerge from the chaos of the everyday commute. The show will run April 4-May 10, with a free public opening on April 4 from 3-6pm. Valet parking will be available during the event.
Biller's exploration of traffic began several years ago, when his granddaughter was in an accident and he started spending several hours a day in traffic to go visit her in the hospital. "I paint what I see, and what it feels like," says Biller, who disavows a particular style or philosophy, preferring to follow his interest in concrete, everyday subjects. Biller has been an integral part of the LA art scene since the 1960s, when he returned to the city he'd grown up in after living in Japan and Hawaii. Biller taught at UCLA and has showed in numerous exhibitions over the past five decades.
"We're proud to show another exceptional Canyon artist," says Frank Langen, gallerist and owner of Gallery 169. "The gallery is rooted in the community and landscape of living in LA, and Les's work speaks to this experience perfectly."
The show is curated by Anne Wallentine. Gallery 169 is located at 169 Channel Road, Santa Monica, and is open by appointment. For more information, visit gallery169.com.