Richard Phipps was born in Los Angeles, raised in San Gabriel, CA. He studied with figurative artists Howard Warshaw and Rico Lebrun at UCSB; won a Ford Foundation Scholarship and a full tuition scholarship to Yale University Summer School of Art, where he studied printmaking with Gabor Peterdi and painting with Ilya Bolotowsky and Milton Resnick. He earned a B.A. Degree with Honors from UCSB in 1964, attended Graduate School at UCLA, then with a Graduate T.A. in drawing, completed an M.F.A. Degree from UCSB in 1968.

He worked for Walt Disney Productions in 1958 as a caricature artist; a studio artist and ad writer in 1959 for KEY-TV in Santa Barbara. He traveled in Europe in 1960-61; served in the U.S. Army Artillery as an intelligence analyst in field operations in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He lived in Mexico, near Guanajuato, in 1964-65, returning to Santa Monica and then to Montecito where he had a studio for 22 years.

Phipps has exhibited with gallery representation in Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as galleries in Santa Barbara, Pasadena, and Fresno. He’s shown at museums in Southern California and Ohio. His works are in private collections nationwide. He’s instructed painting and drawing at UCSB, S.B. City College, College of Creative Studies, UCSB, Cal Poly, SLO, and at Cuesta College since 1990. Married to artist Tika Solnar Phipps, their home and studios are in Baywood Park.


Diana Puntar

 Glossolalia (speaking in tongues) is Diana Puntar’s first solo exhibition in California. The show’s title is borrowed from Surrealist playwright Antonin Artaud (1896 –1948). In his final work;To Have Done with the Judgment of God (1948) he used the word Glossolalia to express the idea of “the primal scream”. Artaud’s Glossolalia is the act of widely stretching ones gapping mouth to liberate a nonsensical noise afore to the knowledge of language or judgment. It is, most simply, the trauma of being.

The works in Glossolalia are inspired by and in some cases made from parts of previous sculptures. Puntar, a native New Yorker, moved to the Central Coast from Brooklyn, NY in August 2012. In November 2012 hurricane Sandy hit NYC and Puntar’s storage space filled with water destroying most her life’s work. Glossolalia is a reconsideration of previous ideas and lost works, an alternative trajectory with some shared DNA from the dearly departed.

Diana Puntar holds a Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is currently Assistant Professor of Fine Arts/Sculpture at Cal Poly. Her most recent show “The Milky Way... Get Your Orgone On” opened at Blackston Gallery in NYC in June 2013. Select exhibitions include Pepe and Puntar’s Lucid Dream Lounge, Participant, Inc, NY (2012); LIVED LIVE EVIL DEVIL, Oliver Kamm Gallery, NY (2008) and Less Than Day, or Night, PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, (2007). She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2012 and 2009) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2005). She’s been an Artist in Residence at Art Omi, Millay Colony and Yaddo. Her work has been reviewed in Art In America, Modern Painters, TIME OUT NY and Flash Art.