Punk, Politics and Censorship

Stephan Canthal Robert Macdonald  Dan Madigan  Jackie Stanton

OPENING RECEPTION, June 13th, 2008 from 7-11 pm

Exhibition On View: June 13th – July 18th, 2008


This show contains graphic language and imagery that may not be suitable for everyone.

Urban Scenes.  Political Themes.

Subtle Suggestion.  In-Your-Face Expression.

Observations.  Estimations.  Demonstrations.

Stephan Canthal studied architecture at the University of Southern California and photography at California State University.  Known best for his iconographic images of industrial Los Angeles and his unique process of image transfer on aluminum, this exhibit showcases a totally new medium and subject matter for Canthal.  Moved by the tense political times that encompass us, Canthal has responded with a series of billboard-style, “movie poster” images that challenge the way we see ourselves, and our place within the global village.  Experience how art influences our lives and how it can be used to encourage debate and discussion and often, dissent.

Robert Macdonald was born in London and raised in the United Kingdom before making the move to Los Angeles in 1991 to pursue a job designing box and poster art for a small independent film company.  Trained as a traditional illustrator, Macdonald soon found the need to stretch his talents to encompass mastery of digital arts.  In creating his compositions, Macdonald draws inspiration from his life in urban Los Angeles, using a mixture of his own digital photography along with computer illustration.  From dilapidated billboards to graffiti walls, from rock stars to political wars, Macdonald is able to encapsulate the heartbeat of LA in his work.

Dan Madigan:  "Feo, Fuerte y Formal"

Jackie Stanton was born in Livingston, New Jersey.  Through Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (R.I.S.D.), Stanton traveled abroad to study painting at the Glasgow College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art before returning to the USA to earn her BFA from R.I.S.D.  After working in New York for several years creating trompe l’oeil murals, commission pieces, and original paintings, she moved to Los Angeles finding a home working out of the Patrick McCarthy studio. Stanton has garnered much press and success selling to celebrity clientele and being featured in prominent style magazines.  Her heavily textured and often raw images of punk gods and literary misfits have been admired, and all too often copied by lesser artists, however Stanton’s unique vision and impeccable technique cannot be replicated.

Cella Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery focused on developing the careers of both their established and emerging artists as well as catering to the needs of their clients. Cella Gallery is committed to nurturing the local creative community through their special events: Music Nights, Artist’s Salons, and new exhibits approximately every six weeks.