Opening Reception: Marc le Rest's "The Mad Hatter" and "Golden"
May 19, 20151 min read
On Saturday May 16, 2015 Modern Eden opened ‘The Mad Hatter’, the US debut of French artist, Marc le Rest. Le Rest’s oil paintings evolve like fashion collections, mixing the raw nature of the animal kingdom with culturally-rooted fabric hats and outfits. In conjunction with Marc le Rest's series, "Golden" was on display, an art exhibition dedicated to the fabulous and fancy— from gilded opulence to the modern baroque. Our glittering patrons and artists enjoyed the shining works hung in salon-style on the front gallery walls. Both shows are on view through June 6, 2015.
I always knew I wanted to be an artist, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I went to Virginia Commonwealth University and got a BFA in illustration but when I got out of school I realized two things, I wasn’t good enough yet and I had no clue what to do. I then stumbled across the fact that Trader Joe’s grocery stores hired artists and then settled into working for them for almost 15 years. I was doing everything from huge murals to shelf signs. It was a good job and was wonderful place for me to experiment and develop my skills, speed and professionalism, but I always dreamed of my work being in galleries.