So I was in Palm Springs this weekend in an effort to get out of Los Angeles and relax a little. We stayed at The Riviera – which was apparently where Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe etc used to hang out when Palm Springs was full of young Hollywood stars rather than old gay couples.
The Riviera was great. Palm Springs was great. But the highlight of the weekend was an art show on a patch of grass that we stumbled across while having a stroll on Sunday. This is no doubt a famous show and I’m showing my ignorance, but I have to say I was impressed – the quality was very high and the prices very reasonable.
There was an artist called Greg Clarke who did some great work, using different chemicals to stain a huge piece of copper according to this designs. Mostly he drew women – faces and forms – but filled the outline with lots of other faces and people. You could spend hours looking at it – very precise and neat. Unfortunately they were also huge pieces of copper and cost a few thousand dollars each so I took his name and decided that if his pieces kept playing in my mind, I might have to do something about it.
So we wandered around some other work – lots of pictures printed on canvas, some nice landscapes, some bright and colourful cartoon-like pieces. And then I turn the corner of one of the lines of stalls and was struck dumb by a number of walls of striking beautiful Asian art. I’ve very glad they were priced reasonably as I have no doubt I would have walked away with one of these pieces, no matter what.
In fact, I most wanted a gorgeous blue lotus flower on a white background for $600 but it had already been sold. And then I got the strange sense of panic that I get when I come across something I love – I got a unreasonable and irrational fear that I had to buy one now in case they were all suddenly bought by someone else. In fact, I nearly bought several but then my brain kicked in and told me to calm down. Anyway, fortunately there were another two I particularly liked – one had also been sold already – so I snapped up the other.
And that’s how I met Andy Anh ha – a very nice American bloke who told me a bit about his work and where it is displayed and he gave Sapna a postcard with examples of his work and his website. I bought the piece for $250, he wrapped for me and I left unbelievably satisfied with my purchase.
It’s now been on my wall for five days and I love it. So I took some pictures today and have stuck them below. I’ve also offered to do Andy a better website. I hope he takes me up on the offer. I can highly recommend his work. My photographs were only quick so I’ve not really captured the work’s beauty but if you are looking for a piece of artwork, check out http://andyanhha.com/.