Daniel Gibson: Valley of the Moon

13 November 2021 - 8 January 2022
  • Shulamit Nazarian is pleased to present Valley of the Moon, a solo exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles-based Daniel Gibson....
    Daniel Gibson
    Two Lovers, 2021
    Oil on linen
    72 x 72 in

    Shulamit Nazarian is pleased to present Valley of the Moon, a solo exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles-based Daniel Gibson. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.

  • installation shot of large paintings by Daniel GIbson
  • Gibson's paintings explore a lexicon of symbols that relate to his familial past and his identity as a Mexican-American. The new works in Valley of the Moon are set between the desert and the ocean, employing references to the natural world while speaking to hardships, resilience, and freedom.Gibson's paintings explore a lexicon of symbols that relate to his familial past and his identity as a Mexican-American. The new works in Valley of the Moon are set between the desert and the ocean, employing references to the natural world while speaking to hardships, resilience, and freedom.

    • Daniel Gibson Vase with Sand Dollar 1978, 2021 Oil on linen 60 x 56 in
      Daniel Gibson
      Vase with Sand Dollar 1978, 2021
      Oil on linen
      60 x 56 in
    • Daniel Gibson Mother with Three Flowers, 2021 Oil on linen 60 x 56 in
      Daniel Gibson
      Mother with Three Flowers, 2021
      Oil on linen
      60 x 56 in
  • Growing up in California, along the border with Mexico, Gibson bore witness to migrants who crossed the desert, risking their lives as they desperately sought a better future. Confronted by the harsh realities of the world at an early age, he turned to his imagination, often reshaping reality with fantasy. As a painter, Gibson brings to life the surreal narratives that captivated him as a child, reimagining memories and family stories from the point of view of his earliest years. 

     

  • Daniel Gibson
    Painted Gorge, 2021
    Oil on linen
    73 x 64 in
  • Shifting between the genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life, Gibson's surrealistic scenes demonstrate an adoration for nature. Desert landscapes...
    Daniel Gibson
    On the Yaqui Shoreline , 2021
    Oil on linen
    64 x 73 in

    Shifting between the genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life, Gibson's surrealistic scenes demonstrate an adoration for nature. Desert landscapes are populated with generously painted lush flowers that often take on an anthropomorphized quality. The ocean is prominently featured in many of his family stories and creates a stark contrast with the arid desert landscape of his childhood.

     

  • Daniel Gibson
    Pretending to Be Flowers, 2021
    Oil on linen
    73 x 64 in
  • Abundantly filled vases serve as a celebration of life, referencing the imagery of ofrendas, urns, and wombs. Gibson revitalizes the...
    Daniel Gibson
    Vase with Sand Dollar (Flower Moon), 2021
    Oil on linen
    60 x 56 in

    Abundantly filled vases serve as a celebration of life, referencing the imagery of ofrendas, urns, and wombs. Gibson revitalizes the world around him in painting, reverently returning to familiar symbols such as flowers, butterflies, figures, desert mountains, beaches, and seas.

  • Oversized butterflies feature prominently in several works in Valley of the Moon. Beyond a symbol of migration, the insects conjure a childhood memory of the artist desperately trying to understand how a person could safely make their way across the desert border with little sustenance. In the mind of a young Gibson, giant butterflies relieved these individuals from their grueling journey by carrying them safely to distant lands.

  • Daniel Gibson
    Butterfly #12 (Across the Sea), 2021
    Oil on linen
    73 x 64 in
  • Installation of Daniel Gibson's paintings in exhibitions
  • Rendering this imagined scene in a painting, the artist employs a child-like imaginary, one filled with curiosity and wonder, in...
    Daniel Gibson
    Butterfly #13, 2021
    Oil on linen
    73 x 64 in

    Rendering this imagined scene in a painting, the artist employs a child-like imaginary, one filled with curiosity and wonder, in an effort to face a bleak reality. This youthful frame of reference also impacts the very construction of a landscape for Gibson.

  • Many of his paintings build around a blunt horizon, succinctly dividing the Earth from the sky. Looming above is a pregnant sun, endowed with the power both to sustain life and to take it away, a brutal reality for anyone crossing this terrain. 

  • Daniel Gibson
    The Lovers, 2021
    Oil on linen
    20 x 25 in
  • Giving prominence to nature, Gibson in turn depicts the man-made world diminutively, a perspective that is in stark contrast with...
    Daniel Gibson
    Plaster City East, 2021
    Oil on linen
    73 x 64 in

    Giving prominence to nature, Gibson in turn depicts the man-made world diminutively, a perspective that is in stark contrast with his earliest years. He grew up in Plaster City, CA, just outside a massive gypsum factory that employed his father. This larger-than-life structure grumbled with power and spit white dust, leaving an indelible impression on the artist as a child. As seen in Plaster City East, 2021, Gibson has rendered this immense structure as a miniature form obscured by the vast natural world. In equal measure, the presence of the border wall can be seen in the same painting as a structure reduced to near abstraction, quietly fading in the distance. This gesture pays homage to the natural world over the man-made and monumentalizes the natural forces that dominate us.

     

  • Daniel Gibson
    Butterfly #14 (In the Valley of the Moon), 2021
    Oil on linen
    78 x 90 in
  • Gibson is largely a self-taught artist and has developed his visual language and painting process through intuition and imagination. Under...
    Daniel Gibson
    It's All Around Us, 2021
    Oil on linen
    60 x 56 in

     Gibson is largely a self-taught artist and has developed his visual language and painting process through intuition and imagination. Under pink, purple, and near-black skies, everything—flowers, butterflies, figures, mountains, beaches, and seas—appears drenched in sunlight. Vibrant colors illustrate each canvas, illuminating his penchant for realizing a rich memory. For the artist, his works are as much autobiographical as they are collective stories that document moments of struggle and celebration that would otherwise be lost to time.

  • Installation of large artworks by Daniel Gibson in exhibition

     

     

  • Daniel Gibson Self Portrait with dog on the floor

    Daniel Gibson (b. 1977 Yuma, AZ) has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Almine Rech, New York, NY; New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA; Ochi Projects, Los Angeles, CA; LAX Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Mexicali Rose, Baja, Mexico. Recent group exhibitions include Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA; Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA; The Pit, Los Angeles, CA; Bozo Mag, Los Angeles, CA; and BBQLA, Los Angeles, CA. His works have been written about by WideWalls, Juxtapoz, and Brooklyn Rail.