The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is presenting an exhibit of works by contemporary Los Angeles painters Marc Trujillo and Sean Cheetham, in their first show together.

Faces and Places will display not only finished paintings, but also preparatory works, sketchbooks and other work by the two artists.

The show runs through March 10, with the opening reception scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at the gallery, located in the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica.

Trujillo, an SMC art professor, is known for his works in oil depicting Target interiors, Costco parking lots, fast-food restaurants, and reflective building fronts – places the artist refers to as “non-destinations, particularly North American kinds of nowhere,” at once ubiquitous and yet largely unseen.

Trujillo has shown widely on both East and West coasts, including solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. A recipient of the 2001 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Trujillo was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 2008.

Although he uses photographs for reference, Trujillo’s paintings are not photorealistic. His paintings are based on direct observation, color sketches, and rigorous drawing, as well as dedication to the panoramic landscapes and interiors of 17th century Dutch masters.

Cheetham is a contemporary oil painter whose training is steeped in the style of traditional portraits.

He has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2005 where he was included in the prestigious BP awards show. He currently lives and teaches painting in Los Angeles.

While both artists have differences in style, there are some fundamental similarities. Both Trujillo and Cheetham deal with the figure as a vital part of their work.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Information, (310) 434-3434.

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