In Ernie Marjoram's latest show, Guilty Pleasures at TAG Gallery, the Los Angeles based oil painter monumentalizes our soothing psychological but "not-so-healthy" favorite dishes, and examines the moment just before we bite. We zoom in on the foods we take for granted, and discover their personas, temperaments and tastes through the thick impastos of pasta, pot roasts, and yes, even hamburgers. We enter the landscape of our own anxieties, taking stock of the thick, fun and exuberant dishes that give us comfort in our times of emotional malaise.
Ernie Marjoram has been a professional artist since 1993. He began his career as an architectural illustrator and soon moved into entertainment and advertising art. He has been teaching perspective drawing in the Production Design department at the American Film Institute since 1999 and has been teaching at Chapman University in Orange for the last two years.
Ernie began exhibiting as a fine artist in 2003 and his current exhibition, Guilty Pleasures will be his seventh major exhibition. His work has been exhibited at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and Ernie was an invited artist at the 2008 Torrey Pines En Plein Air Competition. His painting Shelter from the Storm won the first place award in an open competition held at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphy, California.