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Marla Lombard (MarlaLombard)

Marla Lombard (MarlaLombard)

Recent paintings are explorations, discoveries and abstractions of trees and water forms based on three elements: iconic familiar appearance, biology and fantasy. The work is mostly pure white paint, white inks and white pigments applied to exotic wood panels adorned with splendid names which belong in a magical woodland: Purpleheart, Bloodwood, Lacewood.

The wood panels have strong presence and intractable physical characteristics such as stubborn grain and deep color that can intimidate, overpower or bleed. (Bloodwood sometimes “bleeds” into the applied wet white paint creating shades of darkening roses and reds.)

I use acrylic paints and inks. Made of polymer plastic they can be a strong and stubborn presence, too. Favorite brush in my hand, it seemed suddenly disrespectful to hide a panel of magnificently striped zebra wood with manmade vinyl paint. The question quickly became: Could I create a painting in which neither the paint nor the wood overpowered the other?

Experimentation showed this was not to be an easy task. But I committed to unite these two disparate materials, the utterly natural vs the manmade, into high-level aesthetic paintings--fully integrated pieces of man and nature. A meld.

I preserve portions of the panel surface so the wood is not just a base for the painting but a substratum that participates in the painting. The preserved sections underneath the white paint could later be accessed so wood shows through. Though the layered textures and appearance of woodgrain are of my making and not generally the natural woodgrain, the colors and sensibility of the wood, for example, the demure brandy-colored cherrywood, shows through to the surface. The woods beauty and presence honored.  

The multi-layered result is an elegant, quiet and sometimes deceptively simple painting. If I’ve done well, the painting engages both the strength and depth of the wood with the nitid luster of purest white to create a piece that transcends.

There are diverse references for this series, some broad; others specific:

Wooden panel paintings of the Old Masters, European, 1400-1800, that flowed through the Old Master Department at Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers, NY, during the time I worked there

Dutch 17th century landscape painters such as Meindert Hobbema and Salomon van Ruisdael

Whistler’s waterscapes, fireworks paintings and tonal works such as Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl

Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still’s jagged, tattered shapes within the canvas

Ukiyo-e Japanese wood block prints of 18th and 19th centuries, specifically those depicting snow, rain and water,

Films with beautiful fake snow, crystalline and glistening, floating down upon the actors from a machine above. For example, in a good or restored print, the sugary snowing scene in Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru (see photo of making the snow scene in the studio for Ikiru, photograher unknown)

Texts on tree science

The living trees and water forms of the natural world


Marla Lombard is a painter who works with acrylic paint, ink, and pigment. Nature’s radiant life force and the natural world revealed are recurring themes in her abstract works.

In 2010, she has exhibited in the Czech Republic, New York, NY, and in Southern California with a solo show. Marla has shown in galleries and institutions in major cities across the USA. Her work is in private, corporate and institutional collections in North America and Europe.

She has a BA, emphasis in cinematography, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Marla was an Assistant Vice President, Old Master Painting with Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers, New York, NY.

Marla lives in Southern California.


Selected Solo / 2 Person Exhibitions
2010 Topography in Paint: Marla Lombard, Santiago Loft Complex, Santa Ana, CA
2009 Featured Artist, Marla Lombard, artdoxa, Community for Contemporary Art, Hamburg, Germany
2008 Featured Artist, Marla Lombard, artdoxa, Community for Contemporary Art, Hamburg, Germany
2006 Depth in Surface, 47 paintings by Marla Lombard; Ilona Miko, photographs, The Seed Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
2003 Omnia Volant: All Things Fly, Images by Marla Lombard, Kapi’olani Community College,
The University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI
2002    Featured Artist: Marla Lombard, The City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2010 Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY
International Mail Art Exhibition in Honor and Memory of Judith A. Hoffberg,
Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Lush and Radiant, Galerie Califia, Horazdovice, Czech Republic
Single Fare, Small Works, 224 Grand, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Darkness, Koa Gallery, Kapi’olani Community College, The University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI
Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY
McCaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Art 101 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Tribal Spears Gallery, NY, NY
Sacred Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
McLeod Family, A Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 MMMVIII Koa Gallery, Kapi’olani Community College, The University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI
First Street Gallery, Claremont, CA
City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA
2005    Dreaming of Color, Koa Gallery, Kapi’lolani Community College,The University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI
2004    Campaign Works, Long Beach, CA
Exposure 2004, Hellada Gallery, Long Beach, CA, (Award)
2003    MMMVI, Koa Gallery, Kapi’olani Community College, The University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI
            Downtown Arts, Hawai’i Consortium for the Arts, Honolulu, HI
            Exposure 2003, Hellada Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2002    Transformation, dA Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA
Art Benefits Life, Life Skills Lab, Los Angeles, CA
2001    Art, Transformation and Healing, dA Center for the Arts,Pomona, CA
            Made in California, The City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA (Award)
1999    Staff Art Exhibit Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers, New York, NY
    Brooklyn Artists, The Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2002    Director Sydney Pollack, Dell Computer, image enlarged to backdrop, 2 nationwide commercials

Loyola Marymount University, magna cum laude, Los Angeles, CA
B.A., Communication Arts, emphasis cinematography

Institutional & Corporate Collections
Maximone Pictures, New York, NY
Rootwork Studio, Los Angeles, CA
The Seed Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
Kapi’olani Community College, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI
Judith A. Hoffberg Archive, Library, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Private Collector Locations
United States and Europe


“Featured Artist, Marla Lombard,", Community for Contemporary Art, Hamburg, Germany, April 6, 2010,
“Galerie Califia ‘Lush and Radiant’, “Horazdovicky Obzor, Mesicnik Venovany Hospodarskemu,
Kulturnimu a Spolecenskemu Povzneseni Mesta, Horazdovicky Obzor, Czech Republic, page 11, 2/2010
HORAŽ?OVICE A OKOLÍ: Ro?ní plán kulturních akcím,, 2010
Pavlatova Hana, “Pozvank na vystavu,” flerblog, ideas of open mind,,
Czech Republic, 18 Brezen 2010
“Art Auction for Haiti,” News, CAW, Caribbean Art World Magazine, January 29, 2010
Elise D’Haene, “The Art Scene,” The East Hampton Star, East Hampton, NY, January 28, 2010
Boltax Gallery, “Art Auction for Haiti,” Catalog,” New York, NY, January 28, 2010
Landes, Jennifer, “Art Auction for Haiti,” The East Hampton Star, East Hampton, NY, January 26, 2010
Scarborough, James, “Depth in Surface, Marla Lombard,” What the Butler Saw, Attendant to Matters Esthetica that
Abound in the House of Culture,, May 2006
Sperry, Nancy, “State of the Art,” Star-Progress section, The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA,
Thursday, January 11, 2001

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Mikayla Speer (Xbatdeanx)

Mikayla Speer wrote on April 15, 2017 21:31:

Hello! I think I got one of your works from the art-o-matt. If it was you, I couldn't find your blog or website, but I would like to thank you. It is really beautiful. If not then, I apologize thank you for your time reading. The work I have seen on your profile is fantastic continue doing art!

Marla Lombard (MarlaLombard)

Marla Lombard wrote on April 06, 2011 17:09:

Still love it!

Dee Schletter (deedada)

Dee Schletter wrote on November 22, 2010 20:09:

Jon Baird's ocean foam is amazing - sculpture. The cracked (colored) glass is exactly that, a simple CU photo. The blue is a cyanotype process of one of the images.

Michael Pointer (Zavala)

Michael Pointer wrote on October 06, 2010 03:18:

Hi Marla! Thanks for the favorite and comment on Mars. It is a painting. I didn't use a negative, just painted with black and white chemistry plus a little interference white. I called it a print so it would be more readily understood. I love your work! Just added a new favorite.

Hans- ulrich Wutzler (hanswutzlera)

Hans- ulrich Wutzler wrote on September 02, 2010 20:20:

schön das du mich gefunden hast und einen satz für mich zurückässt
,so habe ich den satz gefunden ,der war wie ein gruß und ein kleines glück.
marla ! ich wollte auch was zu deinen bildern sagen, aber heute geht das noch nicht.

Marla Lombard (MarlaLombard)

Marla Lombard wrote on July 09, 2010 21:55:

Johannes, I was looking at your profile. You do many things, right? Photographer, graphic artist and about the publications: did you author them or photograph for them or ?

Johannes Groht (Joe)

Johannes Groht wrote on July 05, 2010 22:32:

Thank you, Marla, for the "euphoric triptych"! I'm happy you see it the way I do.

Johannes Groht (Joe)

Johannes Groht wrote on June 02, 2010 10:08:

Thank you, Marla, for your not at all rude comments. See mine here:

paul huet (paulhuet)

paul huet wrote on March 06, 2010 07:26:

Admirable ! I can't choose. You are in a so high practice. I fell like a blundering child playing in front of a master.( certainly bad english but i hope you understand...) My homage. P.H.

heiko mehnert (bobcurtiz)

heiko mehnert wrote on March 05, 2010 10:31:

maria, thank you very much for all the comments and favotites. have a fine time. heiko

- Sheila (Sheila)

- Sheila wrote on February 01, 2010 11:00:

Hello Marla, thank you for adding my picture as a favorite.
All the best from Berlin.

Petra B. (petrabading)

Petra B. wrote on November 19, 2009 01:54:

Hi Marla,
thank you for the favourites and your interesting comments;
your questions show me, that you REALLY are interested in -
that's a good feeling.
Best wishes

Johannes Groht (Joe)

Johannes Groht wrote on October 19, 2009 10:14:

Hi Marla, thank you for adding my picture as a favorite! It's magic how painters, scientists and photographers are into the same things ...

Sparky Campanella (SparkyC)

Sparky Campanella wrote on September 21, 2009 15:40:

Hi Marla,
yes, good memory, La Brae in 2003. Been living in NYC past four years, plan to return to CA next fall. And thanks for your thoughts about my portraits, I'm still working on them, taking the existing images and making them dimensional to further abstract the body. What are you up
to? Your paintings here are beautiful!

Jochen Hein (Jochen_Hein)

Jochen Hein wrote on July 25, 2009 22:43:

Thanks again, Marla.
Your comments show a deep understanding.
That is really Gelee Royal for an artist.
People like you make ARTDOXA to the place where it is worth to return to!

Christopher Rodrigues (abstractruth)

Christopher Rodrigues wrote on July 23, 2009 22:34:

Thank you for directing me to your work. It is like you create tiny Universes... I look forward to seeing more. Keep up the good work.

russ havard (russ)

russ havard wrote on February 25, 2009 00:58:

thanks for the comments Maria. very nice. i notice you are in Long Beach....i just had an opening in Culver City at George Billis Gallery. it'll be up until March 28th. swing by if you get a chance.

Jochen Hein (Jochen_Hein)

Jochen Hein wrote on January 26, 2009 16:08:

Thanks again for your comments, Marla.

Really would like to see what you did lately.
Your experiemtal use of materials is inspiring.