Save the Date & Preview: “Rolling Waves to Rolling Trains”, a Solo Exhibition by Micahel Torquato deNicola at B&B&Co. Gallery in DTLA – Sunday December 4th/Sunday December 11th

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Join us this Sunday for the opening reception of  “Rolling Waves to Rolling Trains”, a solo exhibition with paintings on canvas, surfboards, and doors by Michael Torquato deNicola, at B&B&Co. Gallery, in Downtown Los Angeles (close to the Arts District). Also next Sunday December 11th, for an artist talk.

“Rolling Waves to Rolling Trains” the first Downtown Los Angeles solo exhibition of Torquato’s, reflects the outstanding transformation of expressionism style of an artist with a long history of nature bond paintings.

The collection of his works were created in the disparity of these environments and combined for this show with the hope of revealing a greater connection to the natural world and its possibilities.

In the summer of 2015, Torquato relocated his studio from Pacific Palisades to DTLA and this change of environment marks a significant shift in his work. We are super excited to see this new work inspired from living and working in DTLA, 12′ from the railroad tracks.

The vast horizon of the Pacific Ocean has been replaced by the hi-rise downtown urban sprawl. The songs of the local west-side parrots have been replaced by the hum of the nearby cement factory. The empty morning beaches have been replaced by the growing homeless encampments. The sounds of rolling waves have been replaced by the sounds of rolling trains.

Says Torquato,

“These differences aren’t to be judged. They are only to be observed, digested and then expressed through my work.”

Michael Torquato deNicola describes himself as a ‘Primitive Modern Artist.’ His work reflects the rhythms, patterns and cycles of nature with nature, in the broadest sense, referring to the science and phenomena of the natural, physical, material world.

Born and raised in Southern California, Torquato is a life long surfer with much of his influence coming from his connection to the Ocean and his experiences around the globe in locations such as Indonesia, Iceland, Samoa, Peru, The Galapagos Islands and more.

Torquato’s visual works have appeared in galleries, art fairs, print, film festivals and TV screens around the world over the past 20 years.

Cartwheel Art is excited to see the new work of Torquato’s that brings a feeling of playfulness and happiness, which is a relief to the uncertainty and darkness that many of us feel from the events occurring in today’s world.

On a personal note, publisher Cindy Schwarzstein, wishes to thank Michael Torquato deNicola for the donation of his work with the annual fundraiser, and in assisting at Surfers Healing, a one-day family surf camp for autistic kids, that travels all around the world, In addition to his direct support with her own son Spencer, who has greatly benefitted from Surfers Healing for the last 13 years.

Note: Top photo by Eric Minh Swenson, EMS Art.

Exhibition runs December 4th – December 11th

Opening Reception
Sunday, December 4th 2-6PM

Artist talk and closing
Sunday, December 11th 2-5PM

B&B&Co Gallery 516E 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Read more in the Quiet Lunch article by Gregory de la Haba. 

Here is a sneak peek from the gallery installation and some of the work that will be part of the exhibition.


Artist Michael Torquato deNicola and B&B&Co. gallery owner Bert Esenherz. Photo by Serge Hamad.


Artist Michael Torquato deNicola and B&B&Co. gallery owner Bert Esenherz. Photo by Serge Hamad.


Artist Michael Torquato deNicola and B&B&Co. gallery owner Bert Esenherz. Photo by Serge Hamad.







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