“I want to portray a thought,” said Master American painter and sculptor Larry “Renzo” Lewis. “I want to get across something that will make you think.”
Renzo was speaking to an intimate gathering of art collectors at Galerie Simard Bilodeau in Laguna Beach on September 12. Guests enjoyed fine wines, signature hors d’oeuvres and delightful music provided by pianist Stephanie Patterson.
Gallery owners Eve-Marie Bilodeau and Guy Simard were pleased to introduce Renzo to an audience eager for his presentation. “It is an honor for Guy and I to represent this wonderful artist,” Bilodeau said.
As Renzo discussed his techniques and what he aims to achieve through his work, he welcomed questions from the audience. His lively discussion was followed by the moment everyone was waiting for, the unveiling of his latest sculpture, The Nature of Restraint.
This magnificent bronze sculpture depicts a man with one leg striding forward. His other leg, made of branches, is connected to the ground and attached to roots extending deeply into the earth.
“There’s more of an emotional statement than a physical statement,” Renzo said. “We are attached to the ground. Our family, our friends, the earth that we stand on is part of us. Sometimes it has a hold and can actually be a restraint.” He explained that he is making a positive statement with this sculpture. “We are moving against restraint,” he said. “We are moving forward, to do something better, something else.”
In his artistic style, “Lucid Realism,” Renzo portrays the connections that human beings share with one another and their surroundings as well as the distinctions between humans and their environment.
Gallery owner Simard shared his feelings about the event. “Renzo is a pure creator,” Simard said. “It is such a chance we have today to be able to ask him questions and hear his answers on his philosophy behind his creation.
“Even though the artist has his own purpose of creation, it is still a very personal experience when one looks at his work. Each one’s interpretation is as important. We each see it differently as we are individuals that live a unique experience going through a very precise moment at this time in our life. Each of those elements will affect how one interprets an artwork.
“And this is one of the greatest moments we experience, my wife and I, is to witness the feedback, the input of each individual looking at the same artwork. We are blessed to share those powerful emotions with the collectors.”
Renzo’s work is in the permanent collections of the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, The De Young Museum in San Francisco, Southern Nevada Museum of Modern Art in Las Vegas and the Coral Springs Museum of Art. His art is also in the ongoing exhibition for the Kaiser Corporation and in public and private galleries worldwide.
Galerie Simard Bilodeau offers clients a unique, memorable experience by selecting artists based on quality, passion, reputation and success. The original paintings and limited edition bronze sculptures of international artists appear in its Laguna Beach gallery and in Shanghai, China. The gallery’s works are also exhibited at major art fairs in several cities throughout the world.