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Duck Soup
Ana Bagayan, Michael Beck, Justin DeGarmo, Joseph Daniel Fiedler
June 10 - July 28, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday June 14, 7-10pm
Duck Soup
With a penchant for fine detail, the four painters and illustrators of Duck Soup focus our gaze on the private moments of flora, fauna, fantastical creatures and inanimate objects.

Ana Bagayan moved to Burbank, California from her birthplace in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. Having earned a degree in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Ana's work has been received internationally and has been featured in such publications as Rolling Stone, Spin, GQ and various others. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, including Varnish Fine Art's Urban Tales show in 2004. Bagayan's new series of paintings and drawings with their surreal landscapes and creatures from her own fantastical mythology, capture the private moments of her subjects in an imagined nature.

Having received his MFA in Painting with High Distinction from the California College of Arts in 1984, Michael Beck has shown extensively through the US. "This new body of work," says Beck, "explores the boundaries of what is an acceptable object in a fine art painting." Michael Beck's paintings, based in the realist tradition, isolate and subtley twist our gaze around peculiar objects found at flea markets and thrift shops and have no reference to anything but themselves.

Justin DeGarmo values his upbringing with a Marine Corps dad that exposed him to different ways of life through constant relocating. Developing an interest in drawing early on, DeGarmo gathers inspiration from current events, bits of social interaction, childhood memories, food, music, and he's a sucker for pretty packaging.

Berkely, California painter and illustrator Joseph Daniel Fiedler hails from the Appalachian hill country of Western Pennsylvania. His accolades include a Silver Medal from the New York Society of Illustrators and recognition from such publications as Graphis, Print, Communication Arts, and American Illustration. In this latest body of work, waterfowl, leaves of chard and Godzilla spark airy reminiscences. "Fiedler produces exquisite artworks; the landscapes are magically transporting while the lustrous colors radiate an antique, spiritual quality."-Kirkus Reviews.

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