Located in the intimate community of Montecito, California, the gallery is the latest location spearheaded by Heather James Fine Art co-owners James Carona and Heather Sacre. The 2,000 square foot space will host an array of museum-quality exhibitions of important works from a cross-section of periods, movements, and genres —including Impressionist, Modern, Post-War, Contemporary, Latin American, Old Masters, and antiquities.

Additionally, each season Heather James Fine Art, Montecito will feature exhibitions unique to its location by highlighting distinct blue-chip artists who have been inspired by the cultural history of the region.

Heather James Fine Art is also committed to supporting the Montecito and Santa Barbara communities. In addition to serving as an artistic resource for locals, the gallery will collaborate with local museums and organizations to promote the arts.

1298 Coast Village Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108 
(805) 845-5001

Hours:
Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm

Parking available behind the gallery. Entrance off Olive Mill Road.

Exhibitions

The Californians
CURRENT

The Californians

February 3 - April 30, 2020
Montecito Grand Opening
ARCHIVE

Montecito Grand Opening

September 21 - November 30, 2019
Salvador Dali
ARCHIVE

Salvador Dali

August 15 - September 30, 2019

ARTWORK ON VIEW

Jim Dine was an American Pop artist whose work meditated on objects with childlike appeal to find a universal and nostalgic language. Dine’s robes are among the most recognizable images to have emerged from his long and illustrious career. They were first shown at Sidney Janis gallery in the fall of 1964 – this is one such example. Double Silver Point Robes is a large-scale mixed media assemblage. The work is executed in silverpoint – a technique that utilizes a piece of silver as a drawing instrument over a specially prepared ground by which it oxidizes over a period of months to create a warm brown tone. The two joined canvases feature blocks of wood in place of where the heads should be and a hanging wood element that moves in response to air currents.

JIM DINE

Guenther Uecker and his avant-garde contemporaries experimented with monochromatic color, light, materiality, and repetition. For Uecker, this experimentation manifested in his noteworthy nail-covered canvases. The 1984 piece, Poesie der Destruktion – Poetry of Destruction – presents a tumultuous arrangement on a neat square background. The swarming bed of nails evokes a forceful action with violent connotations. Black and orange swaths of oil paint undulate on the rough surface beneath the exterior of hammered and bent metal. The composition suggests wreckage, yet it lives in the context of artistic creativity, urging the viewer to observe the coexistence of creative and destructive forces.

GUENTHER UECKER

Roy Lichtenstein’s style of Pop art was inspired by comic strips, in which he created images through a combination of mechanical reproduction and hand-drawing. He used iconic images and cultural influences to create striking action images, often with captions and onomatopoeic exclamations, much as one would find in comics. This screenprint is from a group of seven Reflections prints and in each, the image is obscured by color and patterns resembling the reflected light as if behind glass. Inspired by trying to photograph a work by Robert Rauschenberg behind glass, Lichtenstein appropriated images from his past and thus brings the appropriation of Pop art full circle.

ROY LICHTENSTEIN

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE - World on its Hind Legs - metal and wood - 64 x 26 x 30 in.

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE

Peaks of St. Gervais is one of the artist’s classic landscapes, with his distinctive swift brushstroke and charming town and structures — half of which he rendered in the shade — dwarfed by the snow-capped mountain. In most of his paintings, Payne used structures and figures not as subject, but to communicate the dramatic scale of mountain landscape. Drawn to the mountains of Europe, Payne trekked and painted the Swiss Alps, the colorful harbors of Brittany and France, and the sailing vessels in Italy.

EDGAR ALWIN PAYNE

Spring, an unusually large-scale oil painting by William Wendt, depicts a huge expanse of blue, almost cloudless California sky over a wide, flat plain of verdant grass.  The only other adornments to this landscape are stands of tall, thin trees that, in the forefront, seem to tower over the far distant snow-capped mountaintop. Wendt’s Impressionist style is evident in the detailed brushwork that makes up the sky. Using short dashes of blue upon blue, Wendt builds the varying color from dark at the top to lighter blue as it nears the mountain on the horizon. Looking closely, the sky almost appears to be a mosaic, but from further back, the colors and strokes blend seamlessly to create its soft, pastel look.

WILLIAM WENDT

JOSEPH KLEITSCH - Mission Cloisters, San Juan Capistrano - oil on canvas - 22 1/8 x 27 in.

JOSEPH KLEITSCH

This is the Portrait of Hedda Nova, painted by Joseph Kleitsch. The film industry provided plenty of commissions for Kleitsch, as he was contracted with the prominent LA dealer Earl Stendahl as an in-house portraitist at the time. Hedda was born Hedda Puscewski in Soviet Russia, what is now Ukraine. She became a silent film star, though she never transitioned into talking films due to her thick Russian accent. During the height of her acting career, she was still working hard on learning to speak English. She was married to American actor and director Paul Hurst from 1919 to 1953 when, sadly, he committed suicide after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. This portrait depicts Hedda in a lovely black and gold gown with gossamer sleeves. As a silent film actress, trained to emote without words, it is easy to imagine that her expressive eyes and dramatic hand at her chest are telling the viewer a story.

JOSEPH KLEITSCH

GEORGE GARDNER SYMONS - White River Bank - oil on canvas - 25 1/4  x 30 in.

GEORGE GARDNER SYMONS

In this portrait by Joseph Kleitsch, the sitter is unknown, the painting titled only Woman in Pink. She is wearing a pink dress with white lace sleeves trailing down and into in her lap. She is holding a bit of the lace in her hands, almost absent-mindedly as she tilts her head toward the painter and gives him a small, amused smile. Her hair is swept into a modest updo, and the pink flushing her cheeks echoes the pink of her dress. Kleitsch’s technique in rendering the lace is fascinating, as he seems to have only fully painted the pattern of the lace and the rest is made up of a few light and minimal strokes of the brush, lending it a sheer quality.

JOSEPH KLEITSCH

"Interior" is one of Maurice Askenazy’s more modern compositions, calling to mind the work of Bonnard or Vuillard. The intimate scene shows a nude female model, dramatically seen in profile, posing for a painter in a sun-drenched studio. The door to the room is open, giving the impression that the viewer is stealing a glimpse of a private interaction between artist and model. A cleverly placed mirror on the back of the open door reveals the reflection of the painter, who we are meant to take as Askenazy himself, at work. Askenazy takes great care to depict the details of the room, from the patterned ottoman to the framed paintings on the walls, each a mosaic of Impressionistic color.

MAURICE ASKENAZY

"Loading Supplies" is a scene of harbor workers stocking small boats with supplies, perhaps en route to load a larger steamer. In the foreground, a singular female figure stands before the cluster of men with her back to the viewer, while a group of anchored boats float on the motionless water in the background. The brightly painted boats and the fisherman dressed in their blue or orange slickers make for a colorful scene. The simple composition parallels the simplicity of the subject: a glimpse of everyday life and work in a coastal community.

GEORGE BRANDRIFF

DONALD SULTAN - Yellow Tulip #18 - oil and tar on paper - 20 x 20 in.

DONALD SULTAN

MARC CHAGALL - The Yellow Sun - lithograph - 20 x 24 in.

MARC CHAGALL

ARISTIDES DEMETRIOS - Succession - bronze - 27 1/4 x 17 x 13 in.

ARISTIDES DEMETRIOS

FELIPE CASTANEDA - Mujer Hincada - Black Onyx - 15 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 9 in

FELIPE CASTANEDA

FELIPE CASTANEDA - Mujer Desnuda - marble - 18 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 11 in.

FELIPE CASTANEDA

FELIPE CASTANEDA - Pensando - Marble - 11 1/2 x 7 x 7 in.

FELIPE CASTANEDA

ARISTIDES DEMETRIOS - Lutist - bronze - 40 1/2 x 18 x 24 in.

ARISTIDES DEMETRIOS

META GEHRING CRESSEY - Segovia Girl in Fiesta Costume, La Montera - oil on canvas - 24 x 20 in.

META GEHRING CRESSEY

FELIPE CASTANEDA - Provinciana - white carrera marble - 20 7/8 x 13 1/4  x 10 1/4 in.

FELIPE CASTANEDA

LARRY BELL - Small Mirage Study #320 - vapor drawing on canvas - 30 x 30 in.

LARRY BELL

LARRY BELL - Small Mirage Study #398 - vapor drawing on canvas - 30 x 30 in.

LARRY BELL

THOMAS WILLIAM JONES - Skagit Yellow - watercolor - 13 x 20 in.

THOMAS WILLIAM JONES

FELIPE CASTANEDA - Mujer en Reposo - bronze - 14 x 9 x 15 3/4 in.

FELIPE CASTANEDA

FELIPE CASTANEDA - Mujer Peinandose - Bronze - 16 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 11 in.

FELIPE CASTANEDA

PABLO PICASSO

THOMAS WILLIAM JONES - Along Springhetti Road - watercolor - 9 1/2 x 14 3/4 in.

THOMAS WILLIAM JONES

THOMAS WILLIAM JONES - After Halloween - watercolor - 10 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.

THOMAS WILLIAM JONES

THOMAS WILLIAM JONES - Snohomish Silhouette - watercolor - 10 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.

THOMAS WILLIAM JONES

GENEVE RIXFORD SARGEANT - Gypsy Woman - oil on canvas - 24 1/4 x 18 1/4 in.

GENEVE RIXFORD SARGEANT

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