The battle continues
When I first saw Monzon’s artwork it was in January 2009, at Kinkead Gallery, before the crisis forces the gallery to shut down. John Kinkead, the owner was a dam good eye. He knew Monzon would be interesting to follow. Indeed he was right.
His Studio/Apartment stands in the heart of Koreatown, second floor, in one of those traditional houses divided in apartments for rent.
When I arrived, I saw a bunch of small size paintings along the wall in the corridor. Monzon put there all the paintings he wanted to show me. He took a chair for me to sit to take the time to discuss.
Six years after his first show, I might say Monzon is still continuing his battle on canvas.
He didn’t give up with his search, and he never compromised to make more money.
Before to continue the visit, here is a brief recap of Monzon’s body of work (shown at Mark Moore Gallery in 2013): from 2008 through 2015
I would like people to consider all of this as just one long body of work
An now, go back to the Studio
If he knows pretty well where he is going when he paints, Lester Monzon says:
“I attend to go where the brush takes me. Then, I sit there, I analyze it, turn around and re-act again. My work is more about process now.”
What I search for? I just want to make a good painting.