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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. - THE SEASON OF NON VIOLENCE BEGINS. FROM THE ARCHIVE :: ARTIST AND JUDICIAL ETHICS GURU, RETIRED JUDGE DAVID ROTHMAN AND A PORTRAIT OF CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS.

FROM THE ARCHIVES
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Originally posted November 10, 2011.
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DAVID ROTHMAN

Solo Exhibit of Oil Paintings
Gallery Tour and
Closing Reception
Thursday, November 10th
7-9pm
Gallery 6020
6020 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(Across the street from LACMA)

This is a rare opportunity to meet a remarkable artist, who also continues making significant contributions within the world of judicial ethics. Works in this exhibit include 19 pieces from four series of oil paintings: “The Zeal for Good,” featuring portraits of John Lewis, Member of Congress/MLK Civil Rights Movement activist; Seane Corn, Yoga teacher, spiritual activist; Rawia Aburabia, Israeli Bedouin lawyer, women’s rights activist and Judge Harry Pregerson, United States Court of Appeals. 

In addition will be portraits from the series' entitled  "Family"; "The Art Class"; and "Places." For the past 20 years, David has studied under the direction of artist and curator, Stephen Douglas of Venice, CA. Included in the show is David's personal essay "On Painting John Lewis." David now paints full-time, and continues to write about ethics and teaches New Judge Orientation at the B.E. Witkin California Judicial College. 

(Detail of the painting)
John Lewis’

Oil on Linen
82” x 42”

 
EXCERPT FROM DAVID ROTHMAN'S PERSONAL ESSAY OF
MEETING JOHN LEWIS IN SAN RAFAEL 
"In 1961 Elwin Wilson, a KKK member, was part of a mob that attacked 'Freedom Riders' at a 'whites only' bus station in South Carolina. Wilson, then in his early 20s, along with others, attacked and severely beat 21-year-old John Lewis. Wilson was present at the San Rafael gathering. He carried his shame and regret of what he had done for almost half a century. When Barack Obama was elected President, Wilson decided that he was going to ask Lewis’ forgiveness.  In February of 2009 they met and Lewis forgave Wilson. Lewis said that Wilson was the only person, of the numerous people who had attacked Lewis during his many years in the Civil Rights Movement, who sought forgiveness."

David serves on the California Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics, and is regarded as the leading authority on judicial ethics in California. Throughout his career, David never stopped drawing, and began painting seriously in the late ‘80’s producing numerous canvases within his first year.

A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by David Rothman will be open 12-5 thru Sunday, November 13th. The closing reception and gallery tour of paintings by David Rothman, is Thursday, November 10th from 7-9pm. RSVP to: UrbanArtPR@gmail.com is not required, but is recommended. Gallery 6020 is located at 6020 Wilshire Blvd., directly across the street from LACMA. For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Shawni D. at 213-255-0059, or by e-mail at: UrbanArtPR@gmail.com

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