Messy perfection

Blue Moon Gallery presents a solo show by David Lobenberg

“Attitude” by David Lobenberg, watercolor.

“Attitude” by David Lobenberg, watercolor.

Where: Blue Moon Gallery, 2353 Albatross Way; (916) 920-2444; Second Saturday reception: December 14, 6 to 9 p.m. Through January 4, 2014.

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Feeling limber? Then take this simile stretch: Artist David Lobenberg's portraits are like Lucian Freud's visceral, fleshy paintings made with Gary Pruner's rainbow-tastic palette. Lobenberg, who has been slinging paintbrushes around for more than 30 years, painting local landmarks, such as the Tower Theatre and the Capitol, has an exhibition this month at Blue Moon Gallery, titled One Man Show. During the Second Saturday reception, he will be doing a live demo. See his vibrant depictions of people with choppy, impressionistic watercolor strokes that are messy and imperfect, giving the illusion of light moving across their weathered faces, and the bright yellows and deep purples in their complexion make them feel more alive than a photo-realistic painting ever could.