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Published on Apr 22, 2011
Martin Kreloff's "Made in Vegas" exhibit appears through June 3, 2011, at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery at 3130 Mcleod Drive.
Martin Kreloff first studied art in New York City in the 1960s, where he was drawn to and influenced by the work of pop art masters Warhol and Lichtenstein. The renegade, frontier spirit of Las Vegas has had a profound effect on Martin Kreloff's art. Seduced by the convergence of desert cacti and neon, of stark, natural vistas and exquisite excess, the artist presents work made during his seven years in this truly unique and diverse city that he now calls home.
The Winchester exhibition showcases Kreloff's portrait series of family, friends, and patrons and includes his signature vibrant, hard-edged portraits and more recent, intimate colored pencil drawings. The artist's love of the figure is evident in his ability to capture the essence of his sitters through the sincerity of line, shape, color and composition, and he blurs the lines between his commissioned paintings of Las Vegas residents and celebrity portraits of Lucille Ball, George Clooney and the like. Here, everyone shines, everyone is a star.
The artist will present a talk on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Winchester Theater, presenting highlights and projects from his career spanning fifty years across the US and abroad in art centers such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami. This event is free and open to the public. Born in New York City, Martin Kreloff started painting at the age of 12 and began his studies at the Brooklyn Museum. He went on to do undergraduate work at Parsons School of Design and earned his BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Miami. Kreloff's hard edge style paintings are internationally known. His brightly colored, witty canvases are in museums and public collections, including New York's Museum of Modern Art. With over 20 solo exhibitions to his credit, Kreloff has also been commissioned to create artwork for such corporate clients as Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Burger King, Esther Williams Swimwear, Intercontinental Banks, Harley-Davidson, Bloomingdale's and Miami Design Preservation League. Images from his "Pole Dancer" designs will be featured on a series of banners for the City of Las Vegas' Cultural Corridor Urban Trail.