Not your usual art exhibition of beautiful, lighthearted people, pets, flowers, and landscapes. Curator Ruth Jameson was touched by two artists’ expressions of the darker subjects of war, misery, despair, and depression.
Mohammed Al Hamadani – Painter
Jameson says of painter Al Hamadani: “Mohammed just walked into the Gallery last month with some of his work. I was stunned at the depth and the visceral impact of his work. He has made his history a memorable story of what he and his family and fellow Iraqis went through on the night of Shock and Awe which they call the ‘Night of Fire’. This war I believe will go down in our Nation’s history as one of the worst blunders of Foreign adventures ever to ensue. In spite of the fact that we killed over 200,000 thousand Iraqis, they still have hope that we can hope for a better future for both of our Nations.”
Jameson says of sculptor Rasor: “Julia’s works characterize the Human struggle. Whether it exemplifies the economy, international affairs or just our daily lives of trying to live our destinies, the works speak in a very emotional way of our humanness in a world of sorrows and joys.”
Curated by Ruth Jameson, a local Oceanside artist and visionary.
Julia S. Rasor – Sculptor, Medical Device Inventor, Entrepreneur, and Avocado Rancher
The 2016 Edition of The Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook published by The Village News came out this month with a feature article about Julia S. Rasor. Editorial writer Sandra Shrader was alerted by a friend of Julia’s that there was a new resident of Fallbrook she might find interesting to interview for the latest Sourcebook.
Medical Device Inventor and Entrepreneur
The feature article covers Rasor’s over thirty year career in the medical device industry where she invents the tools that physicians use – she has numerous patents issued and pending – and is the founder of a number of medical device companies one presently trading on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange. Rasor is the inventor of the first ultrasonic contrast agent as well as the application of a medical gas from a nasal dispenser to treat migraine headaches. She has worked for over 60 medical device companies and is still inventing for others in a worldwide think tank and as an advisor assisting other entrepreneurs with starting medical device companies, see www.MedicalDevice.com.
Julia always loved art, only a few years ago she stumbled upon her ability to sculpt. She is versatile in a wide range of media – steel, mesh, ceramics, concrete, plaster, bronze, wax, mixed media – and often incorporates found wood and rusty steel artifacts thus preserving history in her sculpture. Her works have been described as dynamic, edgy and dramatic.
Julia says of her artistic process: “In creating my art, I allow my feeling at the time, and the particular medium, lead my exploration into forms that inspire, provide a feeling or message, or just cause curious wonderment. Most of my life has been spent exploring technical ways to aid the human body; my art allows me to explore and express human emotion”. Her art education has been from numerous professional and public artists in the form of classes, workshops and artistic critiques and advice.
Julia’s focus is on sculpting the human figure. Her interest in this subject arose through her years of study of the human body. She has created a large body of work of figurative sculptures in both representational and abstract styles. Her more recent works are abstract series of transforming spirits of natural materials, mesh forms of industrial materials, and mixed media creations she has named FractAliens.
Her works have been exhibited at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, CA; Oceanside Museum of Art, Herbert B. Turner Gallery, Del Mar, CA; San Diego Sculptors Guild, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA and Tubac, AZ; The Studio Door gallery North Park San Diego; Encinitas City Hall and Library; Brandon Gallery, Fallbrook Art Center, and Fallbrook Public Library in Fallbrook, CA. New exhibitions are planned at the Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA and the Phantom Gallery, Oceanside, CA. Julia holds Open Studio, Workshop, and Artist Retreat events at her San Diego Artist Retreat located at her Fallbrook Avocado Ranch studio/gallery.
Founder of San Diego Artist Retreat
Rasor continues to found new start-ups. Her most recent is the San Diego Artist Retreat where she has created an art immersion experience. The retreat takes place in Julia’s spectacular rural mountaintop avocado ranch setting.
Panoramic views, sunshine and quiet provide an experience that sparks and fosters personal creativity and provides for reflection and refinement of artistic work. Artists collaborate and receive facilitation to plan and produce art that inspires and excites imaginations and strives for excellence.
– Escape and concentrate only on personal creative work
– Be inspired in a beautiful natural setting
– Reflect upon, and refine, your artistic voice
– Restart or redirect your art
– Produce better art by interacting with other professional artists
– Receive input and facilitation
– Experience wholeness creating – scheduled breaks to stretch, do yoga, hike, swim
Rasor’s retreat includes
200+ Haas avocado trees that she has rehabilitated and managed over the last year. She sells her avocados to individuals and Fallbrook’s local restaurants that have said that the fruit is excellent, high oil content, a real boutique avocado.
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