Tierra del Sol Gallery presents Tonmoy Khan: Everything

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Tierra del Sol Gallery presents Tonmoy Khan: Everything, Khan’s first solo exhibition on Chung King Road. Everything embodies Khan’s feelings, his practice and his commitment to making visual language for people.

Art offers Khan an outlet to alleviate worries and share the power he feels when his imagination is at work. He uses various media to illustrate his flora and fauna inspired images, including pencil, oil pastels and markers, the combination of these creates vibrant color, texture and depth. His work tells important stories of how he sees and interprets the world around him.

Khan immigrated from Bangladesh in 2011 and joined Tierra’s Studio Art Program in 2019. His art continues two important styles by California makers: Hard Edge Abstraction and Surrealism. Khan’s systematic grids and hard edge color fields are reminiscent of Karl Benjamin, who like Khan lived and worked in the Pomona Valley. Khan uses tape to delineate rich geometric watercolor patterns that frame subjects including elaborately potted plants and other still life.

Everything also includes surreal imagery depicting hands, flowers, insects, Pokemon and everything in between. Many 20th century surrealists in Los Angeles County were immigrants who used the genre to communicate the tension and energy of their experiences. Khan implores what he calls his “Secret Imagination” to work through both the stress of living so far from home and the pleasure in his deep connections to his friends, family and ideas that are often expressed in his surrealist works.

Everything opens January 14 with a reception from 6-9 pm. The exhibition is on view through March 4, 2023. To request an exhibition preview, email gallery@tierradelsol.org.

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