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ICON: The life and Love of an Accidental Artist

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Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell is an accidental Artist. A warrior who trained Jiu-Jitsu for the majority of his life; teaching and doing seminars around the world. The transition from Warrior to Artist began while traveling in Nepal, where he acquired a near-fatal respiratory disease that changed his life.

No longer able to train martial arts, Corbell found strength in painting on vintage doors salvaged from local demolitions around his childhood home. The recovery experience accidentally launched his new life as an Artist. Or you could say that the Artist always inside him continued, just expressing itself in a different form. In moving from punches to paint-brushes, Corbell once said about this experience, "I learned that we often only express fragments of our totality, and that it is through the courage of imagination that we become free to truly express."

Corbell's latest creation, ICON, is a mixed-media series that celebrates the life and style of Sharon Tate in honor of the 40th anniversary of her passing. With the blessing of the Tate family, ICON showcases Sharon's never before revealed wardrobe by designers such as Christian Dior, Thea Porter, Ossie Clark and Yves Saint Laurent. In his own words, "The ICON exhibition has been created to help facilitate understanding of the healing power of art to transform and create culture."

It was quite a spectacle to get to see ICON at my home residence behind the Chateau Marmont last Friday. It was Oscar week, and there were many parties to attend, but ICON drew a crowd for those who just wanted to experience something real. The event was in support of the the Andre Sobel RIVER OF LIFE Foundation, which "provides help to single parents with terminally ill children in 24 hours - in 12 selected children's hospitals." To see Corbell's ICON exhibition in a home residence was a rare and intimate treat. It felt as if you were living with the pieces, and the art seemed to breathe and become more personal.

You can see a little film of the event ICON event at my home on Corbell's website or on Vimeo. And check out Corbell's wicked NINJA skills.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Los Angeles based mixed-media artist JEREMY KENYON LOCKYER CORBELL tends to exhibit at avante-garde locations and events including Los Angeles's Factory Girl pre-premier, a comparative exhibition featuring never-before seen Warhols. Corbell's past series, Women In Sunglasses, was a highly publicized and followed exhibition. ICON is his latest creation.

ARTIST STATEMENT
"It is my hope that ICON, will challenge your beliefs. Art can change the world, and everybody can live artfully." - Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell

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