ART + SOUND at Janssen Artspace
articipants enjoyed what artist and gallery owner Steven Janssen called a “radical abstract experience” March 31 and April 7 at Janssen Artspace in Downtown Palm Springs. The event involved cocktails, a sake and wine tasting, a Binaural Headset Live Guided Meditation, and an exhibit of contemplative paintings by Hooper Dunbar, Sarah Robarts, Sebastian Siegel and Janssen himself.
Hooper Dunbar was raised in Los Angeles and had an opportunity to experience the creative energy of old Hollywood. His artwork intertwines elements of faith, nature, spontaneity, movement, chaos and calm, while his meticulous technique allows viewers to delve into his mind and his soul. Dunbar’s paintings are included in private collections around the globe, and have been exhibited at the United Nations Offices of the Baha’i International Community and the executive offices of SOHO China in Beijing.
Born and raised in East Africa, Sarah Robarts attended West Heath School in England and received her B.F.A. from Queen’s University in Canada. After completing her post-grad studies in France, Robarts lived and painted in the UK, where her work was exhibited in galleries on Wigmore and Walton streets. She also trained in public relations, and a decade later moved to Los Angeles, where she founded Ballantines PR in 2001. As an influential woman in business, Robarts paints with elements of femininity and strength. Her large-scale canvases display a broad spectrum of color and a meticulous technique.
Anglo-American writer, filmmaker and artist Sebastian Siegel was born in Oxford, England. His work juxtaposes themes of transcendence, happiness, intimacy, compassion, will, eternal life, paradox, and intuition. Siegel is largely influenced by the Indian comics he grew up on, as well as by the writings of such authors as Alan Watts. His book Die Bewusstseinsrevolution (“The Consciousness Revolution”) is published by Giger Verlag in Switzerland, and he regularly hosts think tanks at his home in Los Angeles.
A native Angelino, Steven Janssen attended California State University at Long Beach, where he studied life drawing and painting. After leaving college, he began working in the art department of a small production company, learning the crafts of scenic painting and prop making on productions for Showtime, TLC, ABC and the Golden Globes telecast.
Janssen’s signature style combines the human form with organic abstract movement and a hint of eroticism. He exhibited in numerous galleries before opening his own in downtown Palm Springs in 2006. After closing it in 2009, he relaunched Janssen Artspace last year and soon found himself immersed in all the elements he missed—the desert, working as a curator and running a business.
Janssen Artspace is located at
255 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs 92262.