Glen Wexler is a photographic artist best known for pushing the boundaries of the medium, creating digitally enhanced photo-compositions of improbable situations. His signature style has earned an international clientele and the following of photography collectors, including works in the permanent collection at the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, and in the homes of many celebrities. At 22 years old, Wexler photographed his first album cover for Quincy Jones Productions while still a student at Art Center College of Design. He quickly gained a reputation for his imaginative and elaborately staged photo illustrations for Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Rush, Black Sabbath, Yes, ZZ Top, and many others.
Wexler veered away from his original pursuit of fine art photography to embrace opportunities in the music industry where he found a visual playground in which to hone his craft and vision, but always circled backed to his fine art sensibilities to create personal works. Internationally recognized as one of the original artists to incorporate digital imaging technology into the creative process, Wexler is widely regarded as a leader in the field. His work has been profiled in many publications including Communication Arts, French PHOTO, Creativity, Los Angeles Times, Apple Pro Stories, and Adobe Photoshop Innovator’s Spotlight.
In the foreword of the monograph from Wexler’s 25 year retrospective, Tim Wride, former Curator of Photography for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) states “Wexler’s pictorial constancy as a risk taker and his deftness as a problem solver are the characteristics that distinguish his work and make his images both meaningful and memorable.”
According to Eric Idle of Monty Python, “Glen Wexler is a seven-foot Scotsman with a wooden leg whom I met Frog Rolling on an Eskimo trip in Northern Greenland.” Believe what you will. That’s the point. Wexler’s pictures have taken the viewer deep into make-believe worlds that look real.
Glen Wexler was born and raised in Palm Springs, and is the son of mid-century architect, Donald Wexler
Terry Masters, a devoted desert lover since 1967, fell in love instantly with Palm Springs when his family moved here hoping to improve his mother’s health. In his youth Masters was inspired by the work of desert artist Paul Grim and knew someday he would paint.
The bug bit Masters, finally. Choosing to learn to paint outdoors or “en-plein-air” and painting with reckless abandon, he painted a hundred small paintings each of the first few years of his oil painting life. Traveling the plein air circuit, Masters has won ribbons in Carmel and Sonoma and best of show twice on Balboa Island, but his favorite ribbon came in 2008, when his peers awarded him the “Artist Choice” award in Telluride.
Masters considers himself a piece of mid-century work and enjoys portraying every aspect of desert life. From the barrel cactus and desert vistas to Palm Springs’ architecture and cars, he keeps his subject matter wide open.
Terry Masters is an artist member of the California Art Club and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. He also teaches painting at the historic Desert Art Center.
Craig Deman moved to the desert when he was just a year old and he attended K-12 in Palm Springs. Deman began his work in photography like many, by taking a photography class in high school and worked solely with film and in the wet darkroom (keeping it old school) until 2007. Today, Deman is fully entrenched in digital capture and digital darkroom processes, but occasionally brings out the “big metal” and shoots with one of his medium format film cameras.
Deman is interested in cultural artifacts that have helped to define life in America since the middle of the last century and has framed, colored and otherwise presented his otherworldly photographic imagery that reflects this life in a way that is timeless, iconic and unforgettable. He chooses his photographic art projects by first intensely observing corners of civilization – some well-trodden, others untouched for decades – over time. In some sense, Deman acts as a dutiful journalist, raising classic questions in our minds about who?, what?, where?, why? and when?, as we delve into his rich pictures that juxtapose dream states and very real life.
Craig Deman’s work has been shown at the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia; the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Black Box Gallery, Portland Oregon; Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, Frosinone Italy; Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA; Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA; Times Square, New York City; Pixel Rebel Studio, Santa Monica, CA and The Artists Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.