LOVE SICK ARTSIT CRASH LANDS IN LONG BEACH, CA... ABANDONED BY THE MUSE
LOVESICK ARTIST CRASH-LANDS IN LONG BEACH, BRUISED BUT STILL PAINTING World-renowned, mythically inspired LGBT artist Rene Capone debuts his first solo art show in half a decade at Hellada Gallery—a love-charged, hopeful exhibition celebrating the miracle of his survival after years of surgery and the partner who hasn’t left his side. Hi-res color press photos for dow load above & below
LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 10, 2019) — “Morié: Evolution Under Pressure” will be René Capone’s first solo art show in nearly six years, featuring an opening reception on May 25th, 2019, at Hellada Gallery. Temporarily displaced from his home in San Francisco, needing another place to live while his long-term boyfriend recovered from a dramatic surgery, Capone made a “crash landing” in Southern California this winter.
Among the rubble of this sudden “crash landing” was a large stockpile of paintings and drawings from 2017 to 2019, yet to be shown to the world. And so an art show was born—no insignificant art show, either. “Morié” celebrates Capone’s reemergence onto the art scene after years of battling a serious HIV-related health condition that kept him in and out of hospitals, allowing him to paint only sporadically. Finally healthy enough to devote himself to his art, Capone considers his life a miracle.
An internationally acclaimed figure artist since 2002, Capone is well known for his evocative, mythic portrayals of young boys searching for identity, hopelessly looking for love and acceptance, while wandering through whimsical landscapes. This show breaks new ground, revealing a side of the artist never before seen: someone who has finally found himself, and who has, in fact, found love—against all odds.
Both he and his boyfriend have battled HIV-related complications, and as Capone puts it, “two miracles belong together.” After eight years together, Capone says he finally thinks “love might be measurable.” They’re an unlikely match, Capone says, citing opposite views on religion and a two-foot height difference between them, but, “If two people can go through that much together, and still not be able to walk away, then goddamit, love is real.” One of the paintings exhibited at “Morié” depicts an elf and a giant taking turns carrying each other on their backs up a hill, exposing Capone’s signature style: a mythologization of his life experiences in wondrous, imaginative, awe-inspiring imagery.
This newfound attitude reveals itself in his work, showing a departure from earlier themes of disillusionment, recovery from trauma, and mythic escapism. The art displayed in “Morié” is lighter, brighter and maybe even a bit joyous. The work is inspired by the queer naturalist photography of the Weimer Republic in Pre-Nazi Germany—perhaps seeking innocence in a world of brutality.
“Maybe I won’t have to go the next twenty years looking under every trash can for someone to give me a hug,” Capone says. “This show is a love letter."
Also featured in “Morié” are paintings that awarded Capone a scholarship to Parsons School of Design in NYC, showing the arc of the artist’s journey—from emerging to resilient. Capone has always been a fearless artist, described in The Advocate by Arts Editor Adam Sandel as “blending childlike wonder with eroticism, creating images of innocence, beauty, dander and fear.” As he ventures back onto the art scene, Capone hopes his exhibition inspires the questions, Is mankind free? Is there true love in the future? Are you really free to love whom you choose? Though his attitude about love may have changed, Capone’s approach to art is as vulnerable and enigmatic as it has been for the past twenty years.
The opening reception will take place on Saturday, May 25th, at Hellada Gallery in the downtown arts district of Long Beach, 117 Linden Ave. The artist will be in attendance, and the evening will feature a guest performance by local poet David Russo, as well as featured art from guest artist P.K. Benbow. The exhibit will run from May 18-June 14.
René Capone & Hellada Gallery Present: “Morié: Evolution Under Pressure” May 18th - June 14th, 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, May 25th, 6:00-9:00 pm (artist in attendance) Featuring guest artist's P.K Benbow , Miss. Salena Angel, Matt Pipes and a guest performance by poet Dave Russo Hellada Art Center, Long Beach, CA, 90802 // Gallery hours: Wed - Sun. 2-10pm ARTIST PRESS PAGE: http://www.renecaponeart.com/press ARTIST CONTACT : (323) 579-6504 // firstname.lastname@example.org GALLERY CONTACT: (562) 435-5232 // http://www.hellada.us
CAPONE ART STATMENT : I'm a storyteller first and then a figure painter. The biggest and most important themes in life have been addressed in art throughout the ages: love, hate, fear, anger, revenge and reconciliation. I believe it is an artist's job to tell these stories so mankind can face the truths within their own nature and make the best choices available to him... or her. My work is for an audience that likes their artwork layered and confrontational. I dive into the deep end of human trauma and hope to god that I remember how to swim and then get out of the pool with a sense of humor. When an artist does that successfully then they have done their job. It's not enough to just make pretty pictures or throw up random erotica. That would way too easy. If I can't remind people to have the courage to live and tell their own truths, then I would be a terrible artist. Also, I believe adventures of survival should be mythic; if not, then how can we inspire one another?
We live currently in a dangerously glossy and artificial world. I have nothing against beauty or erotica, which I clearly use. However, within my artwork I have deep longing for the truth, my own, sometimes yours, and then the world's. I will look for this truth in any direction necessary, north, east, west, or south. In most of my more beautiful works of art you will find the blood of many slain monsters under the watercolors.
"ABANDONED BY THE MUSE" watercolor & color pencil, 2019 (high resolution download)