Artist holds book signing to promote years of work

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Signed– Artist Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia signs his gallery catalogue for attendees of the limited-addition artist book signing at the Vincent Price Art Museum on April 17, 2015. CN/Jesus Figueroa

By Joshua Inglada

Los Angeles artist Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia presented his ideas of recreation and community in his book “Mis Papeles,” to guests after an art-tour.

The tour and book signing took place in the Vincent Price Art Museum on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“Mis Papeles,” is a compilation that displays four categories of Hurtado’s artwork.

The highlights range from 2007 to 2014 and are ongoing in some cases.

Much of Hurtado’s art-style revolves around the use of painted papers that are arranged in various patterns.

Some range from the size of a standard sheet to a full canvas.

People were allowed to pick up copies of the book and glance at the pages to see the artwork.

After that, they could buy a book  and have it signed by Hurtado    “I first saw Lorenzo’s artwork a few years ago at the CB1 Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. I’ve followed him through his second and third show at that gallery, and I love the man’s work. As a fellow artist, I try to support the artists that I love in any way I can,” fan Roger Morrison said.

Morrison was among the first to purchase a book and get Hurtado’s signature.

Hurtado explained that he wanted to start a book in the first place because he wished to make his work more easily accessible to people in the art community.

“A lot of practical things tended to slow things down in production. I’ve been working on it for 18 years,” Hurtado said.

Funding for the book was an obstacle for Hurtado, though he was able to overcome the issue with a lot of support.

His old school Otis College of Art and Design also provided him with a grant.

“Mis Papeles” opens with “Papel Tejido,” a series of hand-painted papers created by Hurtado that resemble abstract work and quilt-like designs. The woven papers and shapes highlight his creativity.

“Paper itself is very versatile,” Hurtado said. “I find it much easier to work with than just paint. You can do so much more with paper.”

“By Deborah Calderwood” features several paintings based on drawings Calderwood drew when she was eleven years old.

Hurtado actually took her old scribbles and recreated them with his modern tools. The resulting paintings are both cute and cartoonish in nature.

Out of all the works featured, Hurtado’s favorite section is “Segundas.”

From pictures of deer, butterflies and landscapes, Hurtado based these paintings off of artwork he had seen in secondhand thrift stores.

Though they are his favorite, these paintings were also the most difficult for him to do.

“I spent a lot of time doing them over and over in order to get the exact style down just right,” Hurtado said.

The book is presented in both English and Spanish to make it more accessible for readers.

Hurtado spoke to several visitors at his table after the tour was over. His wife Deborah Calderwood was present alongside him.

Only 175 copies of “Mis Papeles” have been printed out for a limited release.

There are currently no plans to sell them in stores, but Hurtado plans on bringing them out again at another show if possible.

“I hope to inspire younger artists with my work,” Hurtado said.

To learn more about Hurtado and his artwork, visit hurtadosegovia.com.

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