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John Nava

Museums and Cathedrals: In Art, We Trust

Edward Goldman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Every time I go to London, I spend a disproportionate amount of time at its National Gallery. Not out of a sense of obligation, but out of sheer love and amazement for all its art treasures. You name it, it's there -- all my Art Gods: Leonardo, Rembrandt, Vermeer.

5 Representational Painters Reflect on Their Art in a Digital Age

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.16.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

John Nava, Our Torture is Better Than Their Torture, 2008, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches. As a representational painter with some skills, I often won...

John Nava: Selected Portraits at the Vita Art Center

John Seed | Posted 07.03.2014 | Arts
John Seed

John Nava, one of America's pre-eminent realist artists, is the subject of a small show of twelve portraits -- paintings, monotypes and Jacquard tapes...

MEAM: Promoting Contemporary Representational Art

John Seed | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
John Seed

The MEAM has been beautifully preserved to evoke the charm of its former decadence, with its richly textured walls that serve as the perfect backdrop and compliment to its collection of contemporary figurative paintings and sculptures.

Contemporary Classical Painting is Still Growing

Brandon Kralik | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

There is so much happening in the world of representational painting these days that it is a challenge to keep up with it all. I want to give you a chance, in advance, to make note of several current exhibitions that you will want to see.

These Saints and Rascals Look Familiar

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Edward Goldman

Inspired by Renaissance art of Florence, John Nava presents a procession composed of real people, the background of which is a dense compilation of pages from books culled from the collection of the USC library.

PHOTOS: 6 Portraits, 6 Studio Visits: From Jon Swihart To Don Bachardy

John Seed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John Seed

My series of slideshows on paintings and palettes continues this week with a focus on portraits, and the palettes and studio gear of the artist's who ...

John Nava: The Timelessness of Now

John Seed | Posted 05.31.2011 | Arts
John Seed

Nava's use of tapestry as a medium adds to the feeling of timelessness that adds weight to the more particular and documentary aspects of the work.

Happy Dog Days of Summer Are Here Again

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Last weekend, seemingly everyone wanted to come to the beach to cool off, but I had better plans: with a group of friends, I went in the opposite direction to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.