The CAVE Gallery in Venice will present Provenance, the Los Angeles solo debut show for artist Kevin Peterson, beginning Friday, July 8 through Aug. 6.

An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. July 8 at CAVE Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

The exhibit features a series of mixed media acrylic and oil paintings depicting children in urban landscapes framed by walls of graffiti and portraying the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world, a gallery spokesperson explains.

Each piece is uniquely textured and distinctly assembled with panels of corrugated metal, the spokesperson says.

“These paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive,” the artist said. “The work is about the varied journeys we take through life. It is about growing up and living in a world that is broken. Support versus restraint, bondage versus freedom, and tension versus slack are all themes that I often visit.”

Peterson lives in Houston, where he works out of Winter Street Studios.

Provenance marks his third solo exhibition. His artwork has received notable recognition including the Hunting Art Prize Finalist in 2011 and 2008, “Best of Show” at the Bayou City Art Festival in 2010, and “Best Emerging Artist” at the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival in 2009.

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