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Santa Maria Landscape

Santa Ynez Valley Painting by Kevin Inman

We went to the Santa Ynez wine country for the weekend. My hope was to paint some scenic landscapes but I guess my heart wasn’t really in it and I wound up painting this. This was the town of Santa Maria, mostly just a string of strip malls with housing behind it, like so many small towns all over the United States.

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Sherman Heights Nocturne

Reception with the Artist
Friday April 7, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Please join us for wine and snacks.

February 4- April 28 2017 at Girard Gourmet
7837 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA.

in conjunction with the Athenaeum School of the Arts.

This spot is a few blocks from my place in Sherman Heights, a rapidly changing neighborhood overlooking the rapidly changing San Diego skyline.

New Paintings

North Park Gas Station by Kevin Inman

Here’s a Truck Stop instead of St Peter’s by Kevin Inman. 8 x 13″, 2016, oil on wood.

March 8, 2017

Contact: Kevin Inman
(619) 786-7589 AT

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Night Gas Station (Here’s a Truck Stop Instead of St Peter’s)

La Jolla Exhibition Questions Artists’ Responsibility For Gentrification

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – San Diego artist Kevin Inman, known for plein air landscape paintings, has an exhibition of new work in La Jolla in conjunction with the Athenaeum School of the Arts.

New Paintings, at Girard Gourmet through April 28, contains works from two recent series. Urban landscapes, from the series Gentrification and its Discontents, explore the process of development and change in central San Diego. Still lifes, from the series White Paintings, explore issues ranging from the existential to the political through a personal iconography.

Inman is an instructor at the Athenaeum and recipient of the 2015 San Diego Art Prize. “Artists get flak for moving to cheap neighborhoods and gentrifying them,” he shares, having lived in the downtown neighborhood of Sherman Heights for four years. “At least one arts nonprofit in LA has closed because of anti-gentrification protests. But artists aren’t developers. We aren’t the ones putting up high rises. Most of us are middle class folks trying to make a living.”

“Western art is a philosophical space,” says Inman. “We use the picture plane to explore issues that matter to us and to ask serious questions. Who are we, what is our culture, how should we live?”

Ghosts by Kevin Inman, 2016, 14 x 11 inches, oil on linen.

Contemporary in style, the oil paintings are created using the centuries-old Venetian painting method. This layered approach, developed in the 1500s, creates translucent, varied, enamel-like veils of color in the surface of the artwork. Inman teaches this classical painting technique, as well as simpler alla prima approaches, at the Athenaeum in Logan Heights.

The artist will host a wine and cheese reception on Friday April 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Girard Gourmet, 7837 Girard Avenue, La Jolla. Inman’s work can be viewed online at