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This is a selection from the current collection of Focus On The Masters artist documentation. Click on the picture or artist name to view the portrait, biography, media presentations and website of the artist.

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Khaled Al Awar

Gallerist
Khaled Al Awar, a 1970 emigrant from Lebanon, moved to Ojai in 1982 from Chicago with his wife, Sheryl. He established the Primavera Gallery which featured international and local artists, both individually and in group shows.

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Richard Amend

Painter/Set Designer
“Richard Amend believes in the transporting pleasure of beauty. His paintings and drawings embody the sublime ‘essence’ of Nature, abstracted and amplified,” writes art critic Jo Lauria.

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Sergio Aragones

Mad Magazine Cartoonist
Sergio Aragonés considers himself just a regular guy with a great job, even though illustrating for Mad Magazine since 1962 has earned him numerous accolades, tremendous respect, and considerable notoriety

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Dawn Arrowsmith

Painter
Dawn Arrowsmith’s paintings are meditations in color. It has been said that each is a kind of minimalist luxury – pure, distilled, economical, but also rich, luscious, erotic. Her work is intuitive, greatly…

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Don Bachardy

Painter
Don Bachardy Self-Portrait Santa Monica-based portrait artist Don Bachardy studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Slade School of Art in London. Bachardy’s decades-long relationship with writer Christopher Isherwood inspired…

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Neal Barr

Photographer
Neal Barr, 1973 Susan Foristal Bill Blass dress You’ve seen his work in glossy magazines. Beautiful faces. Couturier fashion. Nameless models or super-celebrities. Since his studio opened in NYC 1962, Neal Barr’s back-story tells you that whoever…

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Barry Berkus

Architect
Barry Berkus (1935 – 2012) Which came first, the architect or the collector? How does art influence architecture? Should a home be designed from the outside in, or the inside out? Barry Berkus was a Santa…

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Emily Bernstein

Clarinetist
Emily Bernstein (1959 – 2005) At the time of her death, Emily Bernstein was the principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Opera. She also played first chair with the Pasadena Symphony under the direction of…

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Daniel Black

Conductor
Daniel was a student of Miguel del Aguila during the summers of 1997-1999. He is on the brink of a brilliant career. He is fluent in Russian and, in addition to beginning a doctorate program at Northwestern…

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David Blackburn

Woodworker
In David Blackburn’s own words, “wood art is the tree that never dies.” David’s pathway to exquisite woodworking has not been a straight line. It began as child’s play and grew through a tour in Viet Nam,…

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Pierre Boulez

Composer/Conductor
(1925 – 2016) The French conductor and experimental composer Pierre Boulez was known for his carefully crafted, complex compositions, including Pli selon pli, a portrait of the poet Stephane Mallarme for…

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Christine Brennan

Painter
Often dreamlike and enigmatic, Christine Brennan’s work features a host of symbolic and allegorical references. Brennan’s images draw from the unconscious leading the viewer into richly-lit narratives that…

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