Sunday, January 1, 2012

Gregory Stephen McIntosh & Linda Bench—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artists’ Exhibit for January 2012: Gregory Stephen McIntosh and Linda Bench

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, January 13th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Visitation © Gregory Stephen McIntosh

Gregory Stephen McIntosh: 

“Figurative and atmospheric expressions emerge in gouache, pastel, powdered pigment, ink and oil, as monotype and painting. The form and content are neither abstractions nor representations, not ornamental nor a likeness, but rather exist as reality unto themselves, providing perhaps a glimpse into that vital inner world of unrealizable dreams, Chimera.”


Gregory Stephen McIntosh
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Lady of the Night © Gregory Stephen McIntosh
(oil on canvas, 42'x42') 




Linda Bench learned to appreciate art growing up. Her father supplied plenty of art materials and she was exposed to varied art forms, as a child. Therefore, it comes as no surprise, with this kind of influence, that Linda would become an artist.

Linda, a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, earned her BS degree in Landscape Architecture Design.

Linda Bench, Featured Artist

Linda fell in love with professional quality, soft, thick leaded, Prismacolor pencils. She appreciates quiet tranquil moments, whereby she can put the outside world on hold and focus completely on her art work. Linda begins her drawing with a light coat of pigment, then builds and blends 8 to 10 layers of color over her subject through completion. While working with pencils her hands gently warm the lead, making the color spread in thick, even coats.

Tomatoes © Linda Bench

Linda Bench and Gregory Stephen McIntosh’s exhibition can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of January, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Ken Christensen—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for January 2012: “Dazzling Light

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, January 13th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


Ken Christensen is a classic on site landscape painter in the bold tradition of the Post Impressionists and the Fauves. He is the founder of the group The New Fauves, www.newfauves.com, an international collection of artists working in a similar colorful style. Christensen was born in 1951 and raised in Flint, Michigan. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in History. He also studied a year at the University of Manchester in England. He began his art career primarily as a watercolorist in Traverse City, Michigan where he designed Christmas Cards, illustrated “All our Yesterdays” by Larry Wakefield, published a set of post cards of historic buildings, and participated in group shows. 

Jade Cove © Ken Christensen

In 1980 Ken moved to London and remained in Europe the following nine years, primarily in France. While living in Paris he began painting more in oils. He also experimented in other techniques including printmaking and pastels. While in Paris he became an official copyist of the Louvre Museum. He learned greatly by working with other artists in Paris, notably Spanish Inversionist painter Manuel Gil and American realist painter Frank Bruckmann. He had three one man shows in Paris, two in Italy and one in St Tropez, France, celebrating the publication of a book of his watercolors, “St Tropez: Notes et Croquis de Voyage.” He spent one year in San Sebastian, Spain and the following year he met his wife, Maria, in Granada, Spain. 

Ken and Maria moved back to the U.S. in 1988. Two daughters followed, Claudia and Laura. Over the next five years they split their time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Petoskey, Michigan. During this period Christensen developed The Christensen Puppet Theater, performing in various locations in both New Mexico and Michigan. In Santa Fe he exhibited at the Linda McAdoo Gallery where he was featured in two exhibits. In 1999 Ken and his family moved to San Luis Obispo, California to take advantage of the ideal climate for landscape painting and the beauty of the Central Coast.  Christensen quickly became a local favorite, being the subject of a major one man show at the San Luis Obispo Art Center in 2002. He also became a well loved participant in many plein air festivals around California. 

Big Sur © Ken Christensen

Ken has taught watercolor and printmaking at the North Central Michigan College and regularly teaches workshops in both oil and watercolor. He exhibits widely around the country as well as another exhibit in St Tropez in 2006 as part of the New Fauves. He is also the author of three novels and a collection of letters available at www.lulu.com. More information about Ken and images of his work can be seen at www.kenchristensen.net.

Christensen strives to glorify the mundane and show the beauty that surrounds us. Exaggerating colors and simplifying forms helps give the viewer the shock to see things with fresh eyes. Ultimately a painting is something which gives you joy to look at. To this end, Christensen’s paintings are a delight to the eye, rich in thick paint which give them the allure of an art object, fresh with views and sights that others overlook, and a bold, solid construction which exude confidence and a personal take on reality. A Christensen painting is quickly recognized for the bold style and delightful vision of its creator.

Ken Christensen’s exhibition “Dazzling Light” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of January, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068