LOS ANGELES, CA – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP – the world’s leading business litigation firm – has announced the recipients of their next artist-in-residence program, established to create opportunity for and bring visibility to emerging and mid-career artists in the greater Los Angeles area: Tony de los Reyes and Francisco Palomares. The firm-whose offices in Downtown Los Angeles will now serve as the artists' studios for their 4-month residency- will extend grants and material stipends to both artists to further support their time in residence.
“At first thought, traditional visual arts like painting, may seem to have nothing in common with litigation and dispute resolution. Litigation, however, is a creative exercise. Litigators have to decide what the story of a dispute is, who the core storytellers are, and how to build the case around that story,” said leader John B. Quinn. “In litigation, as in anything else, there is always a risk of falling into a rut, even if you’ve been successful. The challenge is always to figure out how to do it new and differently. I look forward to receiving inspiration from these two artists—artists who literally start with a blank canvas—and learning how they work to achieve their visions and execute their ideas.”
The program commenced on February 14 and will culminate in a two-person exhibition mid-June. Curator Alexis Hyde will facilitate studio visits and other artistic and exhibition-related support.
About the Artists:
Tony de los Reyes’ (Los Angeles) work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in such permanent collections as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the New York Public Library. Recent gallery and museum exhibitions include On the Move: A Century of Crossing Borders, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Fifth Bienal Ciudad Juárez-El Paso Biennial at the El Paso Museum of Art, and Walls: Defend, Divide and the Divine at the Annenberg Space for Photography. He is a recipient of the City of Los Angeles (COLA) grant and California Community Foundation Fellowship. Reviews and articles include Artforum, Art in America, X-TRA, Modern Painters, and the Los Angeles Times. He received an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Francisco Palomares (Los Angeles) has used art to overcome the socioeconomic obstacles of his East LA neighborhood since his youth. He converted these disadvantages into opportunities in which he saw each street as visual narratives emanating the challenges and beauty of an ever-changing environment. As a young artist, he studied the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Francisco’s practice would allow him to train at Ryman Arts and earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach. He later flew to Florence, Italy and Guangzhou, China to study art. After his travels, he relocated his studio PalomaresBLVD, to his neighborhood of Boyle Heights. In this space, Palomares paints the clashing streets and diverse BLVD’s of the city’s urban landscape. PalomaresBLVD invites the viewer to take a walk in the shoes of the artist to understand—through the complex images documented in his paintings—what it truly means to work, live, and play in the City of LA.