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"Rob Wilson and Julian Siminski: Culture, People, and Places"
2004-11-29 until 2004-12-29
West Hollywood City Hall
West Hollywood, CA, USA United States of America

As part of their 20th anniversary celebration the City of West Hollywood has invited artists Rob Wilson and Julian Siminski to create 20 original artworks to be on display from November 29th until December 29th in the lobby of City Hall. In addition, Wilson is creating a large collage depicting the history of West Hollywood, which will be presented to the City during the anniversary ceremonies on December 5th.

The artworks will be based on the culture, people, and places that make up the city. West Hollywood Recreation Administrator, Nancy Beard, is thrilled about the upcoming exhibit. "The art of Rob Wilson and Julian Siminski will be a wonderful complement to the City's celebration events," says Beard. "We are so fortunate to have this incredible well of talent within our residential and business communities each willing to step forward to recognize the accomplishments of this unique community."

Wilson and Siminski, who are business partners, met in West Hollywood 20 years ago last March and are excited that they will be able to give something back to the "Creative City" through their art. Their company, Lux Art & Design, creates custom art for the hospitality industry.

Siminski studied art at UCLA and photography at the State University of New York. Wilson studied photography under Leo Holub at Stanford University and with Ansel Adams at the Yosemite Institute and is also an Emmy-winning television director.

As a director, Wilson is noted for his talent at eliciting the special qualities of a place or a person, and portraying that in visual form. He carries that same skill into his work as an artist. "This show will be a melding of the sense of place and the spirit of the people who live there," he says. "People say Hollywood is a state of mind. WEST Hollywood is BOTH a state of mind and a very special place."

In addition to custom art, Lux Art & Design offers completed art works for purchase as well as an "Art Concierge" service, locating rare and antique art for its clients. Another division of the company creates promotional art, in which they have already had notable success selling fabric designs to Jams World / Surf Line Hawaii, and winning a commission to create an art-shoe jigsaw puzzle for the high-end women's shoe retailer, Stuart Weitzman. Wilson also created nine art windows on a whimsical, faux-mosaic theme, "A Woman's Right to Shoes," in collaboration with Timothy Fortuna Designs of New York for Weitzman, which appeared in their stores earlier this year. In 2004, Lux was asked to produce art for the Centennial of Flight Exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum by the Planetary Society.

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