Sonny Lipps is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. He received his BA from California State University Northridge in Earth Science. Originally experimenting with textured fresco painting and crude collages in the early 1990's (most of which are lost or destroyed), Mr. Lipps developed his own style in the mid-90's after working with Seattle based muralist, Keith Leaman and studying drawing at Watkins Institute in Nashville. After a flurry of production lasting until 2002, he went into a 12 year hiatus to focus on his family and re-model their Craftsman bungalow in Los Angeles. In 2014 he had a solo show at Nucleus Gallery. Mr. Lipps has also recently shown at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, CA101, Angel City Brewery, The Slow Down Gallery and Rock Rose Gallery. His work is in private collections nationally. Download CV.
My work is composed of earthy abstractions that take our natural world and turn it into something intricate and expansive. I reveal the magnified complexity of biological processes through bold and vivid use of color. Free flowing shapes echo the wild and complex patterns of nature, revealing a comparison between the micro and the macro, primal and contemporary, the scientific and spiritual.
I pay attention to the world around me and think and look in the abstract. My work is a statement about the beauty, wonder, nuances and order of nature while also about connecting to the primal/subconscious thread present in all humans. It is contemplation on the meaning of life, of nature and earth and our primal connection.
With a background in earth science I describe my work as punctuated with themes of nature, reproductive sexuality, and science fiction all conjoined in the process of natural design.
I start with an idea, a simple composition and color scheme, and then build up my work incrementally, developing more ideas as I proceed. Process is important to my work. My style while modern in abstraction is also contemporary in its use of color, texture, form and line. Elements from Henri Matisse, Henri Rousseau, Joan Miro, Willem de Kooning, Georgia O’Keefe and Jackson Pollock influence my work as does Mary Walling Blackburn for her originality, attitude and courage.