In the Galleries: Wes Hempel

By Christopher Harrity

Originally published on February 19 2014 5:00 AM ET

Hope and Fear, 2013, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

Wes Hempel has established himself as an accomplished technician and witty social commentator with his riffs on classic painting styles and American hunks. Sure, the guys are great, but look closely at the clouds and foliage painted in neoclassical style, Dutch golden age landscapes, and more. Hempel's reimagining of the past is both thought-provoking and wonderfully pleasing. See our original portfolio of his work here.

Wes Hempel New Painintgs
George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, Calif. 90034

February 22 - March 29, 2014
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 1, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Good Samaritan, 2013, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

Burying the Evidence, 2013, oil on canvas, 32 x 24 inches

Time Revealing Truth and Beauty, 2013, oil on canvas, 18 x 40 in.