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July 22, 2011


SANTA ANA, Calif. - A group of paintings by Fullerton-based artist Steve Metzger will be on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of John Wayne Airport's (JWA) Community Focus Space Program. The artworks will be exhibited on the departure (upper) level near the security screening areas and on the arrival (lower) level near baggage carousels 1 and 4, now through September 12, 2011.

Metzger has painted images from his desert photographs since the mid 1990's. A professor at Fullerton College and at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Metzger feels that the practice of painting from photos, as well as from life, helps with his teaching. He describes the objects he photographs as metaphoric icons of the passage of time.

SC Pier Winter Sky, by Frank Ritenour

SC Pier Winter Sky, by Frank Ritenour
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"They are failed dreams, the past, and the power of entropy to destroy and create something new in the process. I see a kind of beauty in the things our culture discards: the abandoned gas station, disconnected phone booths, junkyards, and wrecked cars in the desert," said Metzger.

Known for his detailed, still-life paintings with attention to lighting, Metzger is also a sculptor and musician. Currently, he creates non-objective work in Adobe Illustrator and also paints scenes of Los Angeles and desert settings. His inspiration stems from road trips he takes with his wife, Jamie, through California and Arizona.

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