OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday July 25th, 2008 from 7 - 11 pm

Exhibition on View:  July 25th – August 29th

Cella Gallery is pleased to present Benevolent Beauty, an affecting and elegant collection of work by Alison Dunn, Kim Kimbro, featuring new work by acclaimed Canadian artist, Jude Griebel, in his first exhibition in Los Angeles

Benevolent Beauty is the negotiation of identity through narrative imagery.  It is conversations between mind and body, pictograms of reflected experience. It is the exploration of primal emotions:  Obsession, unconditional love, contempt and faith, through expressions of empathy.

Jude Griebel received his BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and studied printmaking at the Santa Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy. His work has been in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Griebel recently worked as an artist in residence in Yokohama, Japan and at the Frans Masereel Centre, Belgium. In his works, youth exist within a fictitious world based on memories and daydreams. Rooms from childhood homes are used as backdrops for illusory and supernatural experiences.

For a short video about Griebel:

Alison Dunn lives in Tempe, AZ. She teaches part-time at Arizona State University, where she earned her MFA in Painting and BA and MA in Humanities. Her mixed media paintings contemplate the rifts and unions between body and mind, the seduction of fiction, and the quiet echoes of doubt and loss inside desire.

Kim Kimbro was awarded a scholarship to the Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she earned a BFA. She has worked in design, documentary filmmaking and photography. She currently resides in Los Angeles. This collection of paintings is an exploration of the rough-cut and the tender found within all of us. The very core of the animal is present in her portraits. They exist in a purgatory of light that alternates between heavenly and eerie.

Benevolent Beauty

Jude Griebel, Alison Dunn, Kim Kimbro