The Greenfield Sacks Gallery in Santa Monica is presenting an exhibition of prints by celebrated California artist Wayne Thiebaud that includes 16 works in both color and black and white dating from 1965 to 2006.

The exhibit opened with a reception December 12th and continues through January 23rd at the gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. B6, Santa Monica.

Thiebaud, who started his career as a graphic artist, worked as a sign painter, an illustrator, a cartoonist, and an artist for Hollywood film studios from 1938 to 1949. He says that this experience as a commercial artist strongly influenced his works.

Thiebaud’s iconic images of cakes, pies, eyeglasses, balls, and bow ties are all items that could be on display for consumers in various department stores. This subject manner subsequently associated Thiebaud’s work with the Pop Art Movement, a gallery spokesperson said.

The exhibition focuses on Thiebaud’s etchings and lithographs, which offer a range of texture from the sharp edge of the dry point etching to the soft, pastel quality of the aquatint etching.

Thiebaud often creates two variations of the same image, as seen in “Bow Ties,” with one variation in black and white and the other in color.

Recently the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena presented a Thiebaud exhibition entitled “Sweets and Treats,” and currently on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art is “Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting.”

The Greenfield Sacks Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Information, www.greenfieldsacks.com/, or (310) 264-0640.

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