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Ted VanCleave's art has received numerous honors and distinctions.  His work was selected by Laura Rosenstock, Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York to appear in the Faber Birren Color Award Show and he was awarded Top National Honors from the prestigious National Watercolor Society.  Featured interviews of VanCleave have received a worldwide audience on CNN among others.  His highly stylized photographs, innovative sculptures and abstract paintings offer an exciting new approach to these popular mediums.  

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The Hollywood Sign series by Ted VanCleave was selected as the inaugural exhibit for The Gallery at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood by President Gregory J. Marick. “Upon first seeing his photography of the Hollywood Sign, I was awed by VanCleave’s artistry, compelling me to contemplate the icon which I’ve seen a thousand times before but which never before looked so fresh.” Added Marick:  The details, perspective, and colors come together in ways which cast a new light on this familiar landmark – a fantastic creative achievement worthy of celebration in The Gallery at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood”.  Greg Marick, President, Art Institute of California, Hollywood, CA

Ted VanCleave’s abstract, architectural photographs of Los Angeles depict a fantastical, futuristic vision of urban landscape. Forceful lines and curves of cement soar across skies saturated with expressionistic colors. The vertiginous angles, blocks of solid color, and disorienting geometry create a picture space wherein solid forms become pure abstraction. Only an occasional reference to the surrounding environment or the colors of the natural world remind us that this is Los Angeles, a real place, as reinterpreted by VanCleave’s painterly vision.  Eyemazing Magazine

Ted VanCleave has captured the urban landscape of Los Angeles by focusing on the city’s unique style of modern and postmodern industrial architecture. His photographs of the city’s architecture extend beyond representation and become brilliant, almost surreal, abstracts that juxtapose vibrant color and the geometry of the city’s landscape.
VanCleave’s color palette expertly plays with photography’s unique ability to capture subtleties in light and shadow, adding a richness and narrative depth to his primarily abstract form.  Metro Gallery, Los Angeles CA

Ted VanCleave provides vivid images of inspiring architecture, transcending time and space and capturing glimpses of vitality amid vast swaths of urban drudgery.  21st Century Architecture

Four New Photo Series 

Four new photo series were introduced.  June 2012

Ethereal LA - Click here to view

Magic City (Miami) -
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Epic Sunsets - Click here to view

The Industria Series - Click here to view

New Photo Series

New photo series introduced this week.  2.16.2012

The Edgy Architecture Series - Click here to view

New Sculpture Series "Drape"  

The new clay sculpture series titled "Drape" is introduced this week.  Click here to view.  11.17.11.

Coast to Coast Move  

VanCleave moved his studio from Los Angeles to Miami Sept 2011. 

Editorial Feature 

Baumeister Architektur Quartett - The German architectural magazine Baumeister Architektur Quartett will present a feature of VanCleave's Abstracted Architecture images in it's next quarterly issue.  6.30.11

Hollywood Sign Series Featured

The Hollywood Sign Trust which oversees the care and security of the Hollywood Sign now features VanCleave's Hollywood Sign Series images on their web site.  Click here to view

Recent Acquisitions 

Intercontinental Hotel, Century City CA
Gartenberg Gelfand Wasson & Selden, LLP, Los Angeles CA
Renown Health Hospital, Reno NV -
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Recent Licensing 

University of California Press licensed a VanCleave Hollywood Sign image for two of their book covers about cinema by Gabriella Oldham.  May, 2012

Crowne Plaza LAX
(Los Angeles) licensed hundreds of images from the Hollywood Sign Series and LA Icons Series for display in their guest rooms.  Nov 2011 

Licensed Unlimited print media, OOH, collateral, in-flight, electronic. Territory: global except US. 2 years.  Industry exclusivity.  Congress Hotel shot in Miami.  http://tedvancleave.com/miami102b.htm. Jan 2011

Christie's Fine Art Auctions licensed VanCleave's image of the Sierra Towers for their Post War and Contemporary Arts Catalog, The Betty Freeman, Legacy of a Patron collection (May 2009).   The licensed image was used to illustrated the current look of the Sierra Towers as painted by David Hockney, which was in the Betty Freeman Collection in Los Angeles.  Betty Freeman was one of Los Angeles' premiere patrons and collector and she helped support and influence many top artists including Hockney.  For more information about the Betty Freeman Collection: Read more here


Everyman Pro Photo Contest  - Ted is a judge for the 3rd Annual Everyman Pro Photo Contest Results were announced Thursday July 1st, 2011


Miami Independent Thinkers Art Basel 2011 -  Six new "Drape Series" sculptures by Ted VanCleave were selected to be included in the Miami Independent Thinkers Art Basel 2011 curated exhibition. The exhibition takes place at Awarehouse in the Miami Wynwood Arts District, Dec 1 through Dec 4, 2011.  The Awarehouse, 550 N.W. 29th Street, Miami, FL.  Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 12:00pm until Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 6:00pm.  Click here to view the Drape Sculpture Series View photos of the event here.

Los Angeles Center Studios - Select VanCleave LA Series C-Prints were on exhibit at the Los Angeles Center Studios March 1-31, 2011 in Los Angeles.  This downtown 20 acre film and TV studio facility has been used for on-site filming by many hit TV shows including Mad Men, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Southland.  www.lacenterstudios.com

LA Art Show - Select VanCleave LA Series C-Prints were on exhibit at the LA Art Show Jan 19-23, 2011 in Los Angeles.  Represented by LA's premiere art magazine, Fabrik and The Factory art gallery in booth #314.  www.laartshow.com

The Art Institute of Hollywood announces its first gallery exhibit in its new NoHo Arts District location featuring the photography of Ted VanCleave.  The Ted VanCleave: Hollywood Sign Series exhibition is on view from October 20 through July 1, 2010. The Gallery at The Art Institute of California - Hollywood, located at 5250 Lankershim Boulevard is open to the public at no charge. An artists’ reception will be held November 23rd. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm, Friday 9am to 4pm, and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

The Skylark Fine Art Gallery of West Hollywood inaugural group show ended Jan 1, 2009.  Skylark Fine Art Gallery opened it's doors in Feb., 2008 and also represents artists Luc Leestemaker, Richard Erdman, and Patrick Marold.  The gallery is located in the popular design district of West Hollywood, two blocks from the Pacific Design Center and across the street from Urth Cafe at 8576 Melrose Ave.   Click here to read the press release

The Los Angeles Series of architectural images by Ted VanCleave were on display during WestWeek at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, March 24 through March 28, 2008.  An internationally-recognized trade event, WestWeek welcomes thousands of design professionals and trade journalists each spring.   www.pacificdesigncenter.com

Art International fine art expo in Pasadena, CA.  Oct 18-21, 2007. 

ArtExpo Las Vegas, Sept 27-30, 2007

Venice Art Walk, artists by invitation only, Venice CA, May 19 & 20, 2007.  The Venice Art Walk & Auctions is an annual celebration of art, architecture, music and fine cuisine benefiting Venice Family Clinic. The Venice Family Clinic is the largest free clinic in the country, providing free, quality health care to nearly 22,000 people in need per year.  100% of the proceeds from the sale of VanCleave's
LA  216a was donated to The Clinic.  The image, LA 216a captures the unique Chiat Day "Binoculars" building by Frank O. Gehry, which is located on Main Street in Venice, CA. 

"Structure: The Los Angeles Series" solo show at Chop Chop, Salon/Gallery, LA, CA Exhibit dates: November 5, 2006 through Jan 5, 2007.  Artist reception Thursday, November 30 from 7-10pm.  www.chopchopsalon.com    Click here for more info about this show.

Create:Fixate's Five Year Anniversary Show, "Alive In Los Angeles".  December 9, 2006, Hollywood, California.  Twelve of VanCleave's "Eco Art" pieces have been donated for a Silent Auction with 100% of the proceeds supporting Create:Fixate's Emerging Artist High School Program. 

"Los Angeles: Rise of the Urban Jungle" at Metro Gallery, LA, CA June 3rd, 2006 to July 1st, 2006.  www.metrogallery.org

Venice Art Walk, by invitation only, Venice CA, May 2006

Create Fixate annual "All Photography Show", July 16th, 2005. Juror: Jason Elias.  www.createfixate.com

The group exhibition titled "L.A. 2004", celebrates the 50-year tradition of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery's summertime All City Art Festival. The exhibition dates: July 14 - August 15, 2004


2008 - "Dirt" / FX / ABC Television - Courteney Cox stars and is Executive Producer.  Four 45"x60" images from the new Hollywood Sign Series are featured in the show for season 2.  
2006 - "The X Effect" / MTV - Several VanCleave photographs are used as decor throughout the show.
2003 - "One On One" / The WB - Several VanCleave paintings were featured in the gallery scene.


Eyemazing Magazine - Issue 4, 2006.  Distributed in the USA Dec 20, 2006. 
Click here to view the images featured in Eyemazing
Click here to read Eyemazing article

California Home + Design Magazine - Oct 2006

California Homes Magazine - Oct 2006

Selected Awards and Competitions  

The Eleventh Annual Faber Birren Color Award Show, an open juried national art competition selected VanCleave’s mixed media painting "Ripped Rhapsody VII" to be included in its annual exhibition.  The theme of the competition was "distinguished and creative expression with color".  The competition’s juror: Laura Rosenstock, Curator, department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

VanCleave received Top National Honors (Award 1) at the National Watercolor Society’s 70th Annual Competition in the Experimental Category.  This prestigious national competition drew over 1400 entries.  The Juror of Awards: William Brice, Painter, Printmaker and Professor of Art at UCLA.  

‘Abstract Reasonings’, an open juried competition for California artists selected VanCleave’s ‘OPOB 11’ to be included in its gallery exhibition.  The work selected is an abstract oil pastel on black paper.  The exhibit was held at the Mark Reuben Gallery of Sausalito, CA.

Art of California Magazine’s Discovery Awards Competition bestowed VanCleave with a Bronze Award in the mixed media category.  The purpose of the competition was to uncover emerging California artists.  The competition’s jurors included Henry Hopkins, director, UCLA Wight Art Gallery and Chairman of the Art Department and Philip Linhares, Chief Curator of Art, The Oakland Museum.

The Dougherty Arts Center in Austin, Texas has chosen one of VanCleave’s recycled Eco Art paintings to be included in its "Our Fragile Environment" exhibition.  The purpose of the competition and the exhibition is to examine the relationship between art and the environment. 


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