Koko Hovaguimian, an alumnus of St. Francis High School, is exhibiting his Renaissance Series collection of artwork at Stephanie's Art Gallery in La Ca¿¿ada.
"Typically when I'm painting, I like to work in series. This one was the Renaissance Series," says Hovaguimian of his new collection. "The paintings aren't about the Renaissance, but the ideas that came from it. Revival of art in the city, patrons and families who would support artists and create cultural revivals — creating narratives and storylines that reflect those ideas and trying to tie them into the relevance of today."
The exhibit, which opened last month and runs through Nov. 6, displays 28 original oil paintings by Hovaguimian, 27.
"I had previously done a whole series on musicians, which came from my background in classical music," he says. "That segued into this new idea. I'm trying to see how I can push new work or have some kind of statement about what's going on today, whether in art or music."