Iconic American Artist Mark Kostabi to showcase new original paintings exclusively at Martin Lawrence Galleries in San Francisco and Costa Mesa, California

Discover the daring contemporary artistry of Mark Kostabi and meet the often-described "Bad-Boy Painter" in San Francisco, CA on October 20th and in Costa Mesa, CA at South Coast Plaza on October 21st.

Greenwich, Connecticut, UNITED STATES

San Francisco , CA, Sept. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  

“Why are the figures faceless? It’s a universal language free of racial limitations, and a reflection of society’s fear of individuality.”-Mark Kostabi 

Mark Kostabi who is well admired for his accomplishments, provocative media persona, creating great art, living a New York lifestyle, embracing the art scene and telling a story. Kostabi is in the business of creating and selling original art. The figures in his paintings are humanoid in form and expose their clear body language and basic human instincts. Kostabi’s faceless figures speak a universal language with references on contemporary political, social and psychological issues, which have stylistic roots in the work of Giorgio de Chirico and Fernand Léger.

Kostabi is also an accomplished composer, and many of his paintings suggest musical reference and the moods the spontaneous passages of his musical art compositions. He notes the textural aspects of music and art, and describes his work as volumetric, gestural and following a template. Instrumental music tends to be more suggestive and abstract as are the template paintings. The volumetric paintings are more explicitly narrative.

“As an artist, for me the people are the brushes, the people are the paint. I direct my laser pointer to a particular section of an idea projected before the Kostabi team, and offer advice and suggestions, I am a painter at an easel, directing the zeitgeist towards the clarity and timelessness of art.”-Mark Kostabi

Born in Los Angeles in 1960 to Estonian immigrants, Kostabi was raised in Whittier, California. He studied drawing and painting at California State University, Fullerton.  He moved to New York in the early 80’s and soon emerged as a leading figure of the East Village art movement.  Kostabi has designed album covers (Guns ‘N’ Roses Use Your Illusion, The Ramones ‘ Adios Amigos) and numerous products.

Kostabi’s work has been featured in The New York Times, People, Vogue, Playboy, Forbes, New York Magazine, Art Forum and Art in America.  Retrospective exhibitions of Kostabi’s paintings have been held at the Mitsukoshi Museum in Tokyo (1982), the Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn (1998) and at the Chiostro del Bramante in Room in 2006. Kostabi’s work is in over 50 permanent museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, The National Gallery in Washington D.C., the Corcoran Gallery of Art and others. Kostabi has been profiled on 60 minutes, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung, A Current Affair, Nightwatch, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, CNN and MTV.

Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG) is extremely proud to offer Kostabi originals, and considers the artist as someone who continues to leave an indelible impression on the art world.

MLG offers the works of Mark Kostabi, along with other 20th and 21st century masters including Chagall, Picasso, Warhol, Haring, Basquiat, Erté that (MLG) offers at their fine art galleries located in 9 cities from New York to New Orleans, Maui to La Jolla.

Opening Receptions and Meet the Artist:

Friday, October 20, 6-8 pm + RSVP (415) 956-0345

Martin Lawrence Galleries + 366 Geary Street + San Francisco + Union Square



Saturday, October 21st, 6-8pm + RSVP (949) 759-0134

Martin Lawrence Galleries + South Coast Plaza + 3333 Bear Street + Costa Mesa


About Martin Lawrence Galleries

Since 1975, Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG)-headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut with nine gallery locations nationwide including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, San Francisco, Costa Mesa, La Jolla, Maui and online at martinlawrence.com has been assisting and advising collectors as they consider acquiring fine art. (MLG), with its unparalleled collection of treasures, specializes in unique paintings and sculptures and original limited editions by Warhol, Haring, Murakami, Chagall, Picasso and Erté. In the last 15 years, it has lent nearly 250 different artworks by 16 different artists to 32 museums around the world, and proudly publishes works by artists including Kondakova, Hallam, Bertho, Fressinier, Lalonde and Deyber. For more information visit martinlawrence.com

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Against All Odds, oil on canvas, 173/4 x 221/2 inches.
Available at MLG San Francisco New Alliance, oil on canvas, 231/2 x 173/4 inches
Available at MLG Costa Mesa

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