Selected works by John Sonsini

John Sonsini
Daniel, Rudy, Jose, Gabriel

2004

2004, Oil on canvas

203.2 x 243.8cm
John Sonsini’s portraits of Hispanic labourers are fraught with physical, psychological, and sexual tension. Developed from life models which he hires from Los Angeles work sites, Sonsini’s portraits draw from the concentrated relationship between artist and subject; each painting captures the bravado, vulnerability, and self-possession of his male sitters with rarefied honesty. Expressively rendered with lambent hues, the figures in Daniel, Rudy, Jose, Gabriel gather with nonchalant composure. Confronting the viewer with their outward gazes, Sonsini posits the perception of class, culture, and ethnicity as subjective position, challenging conceptions of ‘otherness’.

John Sonsini's Biography

John Sonsini

1950
Born

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California


SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2005
John Sonsini, Anthony Grant Gallery, New York
Cerca Series: John Sonsini, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California

2003
Portraits, ACME., Los Angeles, California

2002
ACME., Los Angeles, California
John Sonsini, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

2000
Gabriel, ACME., Los Angeles, California
Gabriel, New Paintings, Dan Bernier Gallery, Dan Bernier, Los Angeles, California

1998
John Sonsini, New Photographs, David Aden Gallery, Venice, California
Photographs of John Sonsini, Tom of Finland Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1995
Dan Bernier Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1986
Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1983
Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1982
Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California


GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2005
Plip, Plip, Plipity, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, California
About Painting, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
Singing My Song, ACME., Los Angeles, California
SPF, Self-Portraits, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California

2003
ACME. at Inman, Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas
intimates, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California

2002
L.A. Post Cool, The San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California
nude + narrative, P.P.O.W., New York, New York
Representing L.A., Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Portraits from L.A., Robert V. Fullerton Museum, California State University, San Bernardino, California
Painting: Fore and Aft, ACME., Los Angeles, California
Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1998
Photographs, David Aden Gallery, Venice, Calfornia
Examining Sexuality, Marc Arranaga, Los Angeles, Calfornia

1997
Private Reserve, Photo Impact Gallery, Hollywood, California
Rosamund Felson, Santa Monica, California
L.A. Nude, Photo Impact Gallery, Hollywood, California

1994
L.A. Nude, Photo Impact Gallery, Hollywood, California
LAX the L.A. Biennial, Otis Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Contemporary Figure, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California

1991
L.A. Nude, Photo Impact Gallery, Hollywood, California
Feminine/Masculine, Christopher John Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Time, Marc Richards Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Humans Being, Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1986
Issues, Newspace gallery, Los Angeles, California
Contemporary Monotypes, Security Pacific Plaza, Los Angeles, California
Paintings/Invitational Candidate Exhibition, America Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters, New York
Perspectives, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, California

1984
Pastels, Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Seventeen Self Portraits, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California
No Finish Line, Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California
From Los Angeles, Eason Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1983
Figure Fascination, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Monoprints from Angeles Press, Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1982
Domestic Relations, Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Four L.A. Painters, The American Gallery, Los Angeles, California