Art for a change
By Tracy Spicer 07/06/2006
Los Angeles-based artist Mark Vallen has made a name for himself creating socially conscious works, many of which document California’s labor movements from the 20th century to the present. Influenced by German Expressionists, Mexican Muralists, Francisco Goya and Charles White, Vallen’s realistic images capture both the dignity and the struggle of the labor movement.
Several of Vallen’s paintings are included in “At Work: The Art of California Labor,” a new exhibit running until Aug. 14 at the Pico House Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. This exhibit combines original artwork by contemporary artists with historic works by celebrated visionaries like Diego Rivera, Dorothea Lange and Tina Modotti.