When it comes to art, Coda Gallery owner David Katz prefers to let the work speak for itself. And speak it does, for David has created an enchanting environment for art lovers who return again and again to bask in the joy of his burgeoning eclectic, contemporary collection.
“We’ve made the gallery fun, not by design, but by instinct,” David says.
His inherent taste for what’s fun, unique and good, has served him well. What began 20 years ago as a 2,000 squarefoot gallery on fashionable El Paseo in Palm Desert has mushroomed after four expansions in the same location into an impressive, eye-catching 15,000 square foot gallery today.
As Coda Gallery celebrates its 20th anniversary, David admits to a much longer love affair with art.
“I’ve been addicted to art my whole life and at an early age I started buying original artwork.”
“I’m not an academic when it comes to art. I’ve never bought anything because I thought it was going to increase in value. For me, it’s an emotional thing. I buy things that are unique and energizing. When you look at art, it should make you feel good. I don’t do anguish art,” David says with a grin.
His delight in art and artists goes beyond gallery displays. Rather there is a casual camaraderie that encourages the creative spirit to flourish. David invites artists to work in the gallery’s upstairs studio each winter. He also provides a home where they can stay when they are in the Coachella Valley.
The old adage actions speak louder than words is most apropos for David Katz who delightedly shares his love of art with generations of loyal artists and clients who just can’t seem to get enough.
73-151 El Paseo
Palm Desert, California
760 346 4661
Fri. February 3, 2012 – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
People, automobiles and animals all created from metal car parts.
James has been creating his incredibly life-like sculptures since late 1998. At this time he was the proprietor of a specialist motor wrecking business in Brisbane, Australia. One rainy Saturday afternoon he decided to bring to fruition some thoughts that had been in the back of his mind for some time and began welding together some parts. The finished result was an off-road race buggy (a sport which James had competed in for some 10 years). He liked the result, as did many others who saw it on the counter of the shop. Encouraged by this response James continued to create his sculptures over the next few months, and it wasn’t long before they were selling to customers.
The response was so good in fact that in 1999 he held his first exhibition at a motoring themed café in Brisbane called Vroom. The rest, as they say, is history….. James sold his work and was asked to be the guest artist at the Brisbane International Motor Show, which he did for three years. Numerous exhibitions, showings & commissions followed. By March 2000 it was clear that the sculptures were going to be a permanent feature in their lives, so James and his wife Jodie decided to sell the wrecking business and concentrate full time on James’ career as an artist. Now, nine years later, he is still growing in popularity and has held two successful exhibitions in the U. K., many successful solo exhibitions in three of Australia’s capital cities, sold works to clients in England, the U. S. A., New Zealand, The United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Japan, Argentina and Malaysia. He has also been an invited artist to exhibit at the Essen Motor Show in Germany, completed several large corporate commissions for public display, and is generally run off his feet at certain times of the year!
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