Los Angeles

Group Show

Cowie Wilshire Galleries

The list of artists shown is a lengthy one of persons well known to southern California: Rex Brandt, Paul Clemens, Phil Dike, George Gibson, Leonard Kes­ter, Emil Kosa, Jr., Maurice Logan, Roy Mason, Barse Miller, Douglass Parshall and Millard Sheets. Some of the most admirable painting is to be found in the work of Paul Clemens, one of the few capable portrait painters of this era. Eleanor in the Garden is a study of Mrs. Clemens. The sensitively-handled portrait is in straightforward, realistic terms without strain for effect. Although the canvas otherwise reflects the impressionism of a Renoir or a Mo­net, the dichotomy is not sufficient to interfere with the unity of the piece, and the quiet charm of the mood es­tablished is reassuring in its own way. There is also a direct honesty in the familiar Kroll-like landscapes of Emil Kosa. The watercolors by Roy Mason mirror both the style and image of Winslow Homer, recording the western frontier in a realistic manner with a tinge of romantic morality. Although the historic sources are evident, they are less consciously assumed than are the Dufy origins of the Rex Brandt water­colors or the romantic-surrealist de­vices of Leonard Kester or even the Beckmann quality that has come into the oils by Phil Dike. As a group, there is a great deal of technical dexterity shown, but not enough intensity of feeling to indicate that any individual artist holds more than a passing fancy for his subject and a comfortable com­placency with his life.

––Constance Perkins